NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship is available to Canadian citizens who have a degree in science or engineering and are pursuing a graduate degree.

Doctoral Program

What is it?

The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program provides financial support to high-caliber scholars who are engaged in an eligible doctoral program (see Eligibility Criteria for Students and Fellows) in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.


An applicant must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada; NSERC may ask for proof of citizenship or residency status before and while it provides funding.
  • must not be currently declared ineligible to apply for and hold funding from NSERC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) or any other Canadian research funding organization for reasons of breach of standards of ethics or integrity (including financial or scientific misconduct);
  • must have accounts in good standing with NSERC, including having paid and/or returned any money owed to NSERC. The determination of whether or not an account is in good standing shall be at the sole and absolute discretion of NSERC;
  • submit only one application per academic year to NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC.

Proposed research:

Your research must be part of an overall research program in a field that NSERC supports. NSERC supports research whose major challenges lie in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), other than the health sciences. Research primarily in the NSE that advances NSE knowledge is eligible for NSERC support, even if it may have potential future applications in human health—such as diagnosis or treatment. Proposals that include the use of methodologies, tools, techniques and knowledge from the NSE are not automatically considered eligible. Additionally, research involving clinical trials or research related to human health or nutrition that focuses on collecting data to support regulatory requirements or marketing needs is not eligible. Research in animal health and veterinary medicine is eligible. In cases where the proposed research is deemed to fall within the mandate of either CIHR or SSHRC, NSERC will not accept the application.

Note: If you have received previous funding from NSERC, this does not mean that you are automatically deemed eligible for continued NSERC funding. As you advance in your studies, if the focus of your research changes from fundamental research to more applied research in the health or social sciences and humanities areas, you may no longer be eligible for NSERC support.

Application procedures

  • The CGS D program supports and promotes research excellence in a wide variety of disciplines and broad fields of health, natural sciences, and engineering and social sciences and humanities, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.


  • Refer to the CGS D program description for information on institutional and agency deadlines.

Note:  NSERC uses the date of degree completion to determine the eligibility of applicants. This is the date on which all the requirements of your degree have been met, including successful defence and submission of the corrected copy of your thesis (in accordance with your institution’s regulations). It is not the conferred or convocation date.

Other information

  • $21,000 per year
  • 36 months
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