Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC funds research in the natural sciences and engineering and is open to current and prospective students.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded by the CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC granting agencies that supports high-calibre doctoral students in all academic disciplines.

At a glance


$21,000 PGS-D per year for three years 
$35,000 CGS-D per year for three years


Canadian or Permanent Resident


October 1 for applications submitted through the University of Calgary

Degree type

Students enrolled in or applying to a doctoral program

Preparing your application

Students with a UCalgary student number (UCID) may apply for awards after submitting an application for admission. You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


See the CGS-D website for details on doctoral eligibility

CGS-D eligibility requirements


University of Calgary internal deadline to submit through the appropriate Tri-council portal is October 1.

When a deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until midnight local time on the first business day following the deadline date.

As the application deadline approaches, delays may occur due to a high volume of users on the application portal, which may prevent the timely submission of your application. Requests to submit late applications will not be accepted. 

If you are not currently a registered student, please refer to the CGS-D website to submit directly to the funding agency.


Applications are submitted electronically through the NSERC Online Services portal. Applicants to the PGS-D/CGS-D competition complete Form 201.

Based on your registration status at the time of application, your application will be processed by either the University of Calgary or by NSERC. Refer to the CGS-D website for additional information.

Applications received by the University of Calgary are reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee and are forwarded to NSERC based on a quota provided by NSERC. All students will be notified whether their application been forwarded to NSERC for review by late November.

Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards (PGS-D etc). Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS D scholarship and an agency doctoral award. CGS D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants.

Note: The application process itself remains the same regardless of whether your application is submitted through the University of Calgary or to NSERC directly. All applicants are required to complete Form 201.

Please review the application instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.


You are required to include transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, including the University of Calgary, even if no grades were assigned or you did not complete the degree.

If you are applying to the University of Calgary competition you will request your transcripts through Form 201 (under the "Transcripts - University" module.)  

  • University Designate Given Name: Graduate
  • University Designate Family Name: Scholarship Office
  • University Designate Email:

Transcripts must be requested no later than end of day, September 10. Your transcripts will be sent you by email on or before September 25.

If you request transcripts after September 10, they will be processed as soon as possible.

We are unable to respond to any emails requesting updates on the status of your request prior to this date, as this delays the overall process. If there are any concerns with your transcripts, you will be contacted.

A transcript must be provided for all programs listed in the "Academic Background" module. It is your responsibility to ensure the transcripts attached are correct, complete, legible once uploaded and in the correct format. 

Review the final version of your online application before it is submitted.

Attend a workshop

Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops.

NSERC Program Officer visit

Date and time for next visit TBA

Registration not required.

FGS Awards workshop (Foothills)

Date and time for next workshop TBA

FGS Awards workshop (Main)

Date and time for next workshop TBA

One-on-one mentoring

The Graduate Leaders Circle (GLC) is hosting scholarship cafes, dedicated one-on-one mentoring sessions for students applying for Tri-Council Doctoral scholarships. Drop-in and scheduled sessions are available.

If you have eligibility questions or you experience difficulties with the portal, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies office ( or contact the research portal directly.

GLC scholarship cafes

  • 2020 workshops TBA

Registration closed

GLC scholarship drop-ins

  • Schedule for drop-in sessions TBA