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NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and CGS Doctoral Awards (PGSD/CGSD)

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and CGS Doctoral Awards (PGSD/CGSD)


The NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Awards (CGSD) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGSD will be offered to the top–ranked applicants at the doctoral level and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

Value and Duration

  • PGS D - $21,000 per year for 3 years
  • CGS D - $35,000 per year for 3 years


Deadlines (for applications submitted through York University)

  • Deadline for students to submit transcripts: September 30, 2021 (see instructions below)
  • Application submission deadline: October 6, 2021

How to Apply


*Please note that the NSERC doctoral application requires that the university upload your transcripts on your behalf. Please upload your transcripts here in the exact format you would like your transcripts to be attached to your NSERC application.

Please do not send transcripts by mail.

In your application, indicate that you will submit transcripts via your institution by identifying Mindi Chiu at as your university designate 


To submit an application, please follow the online application instructions provided by NSERC.

In addition, students submitting an NSERC doctoral application through York University are required to submit the Ontario Graduate Scholarship & Tri-Council Scholarship Information Form by October 6, 2021.


Transcripts with your complete academic record (undergraduate and graduate studies, completed and ongoing) are required. Accordingly, applicants are responsible for collecting, uploading, and confirming the legibility of previous and current (including Fall 2021 even if no grades are available). Gather your undergraduate and graduate transcripts and upload them directly onto the transcript submission page.

Due to the pandemic, NSERC will continue to accept unofficial transcripts if official transcripts cannot be obtained.

To access your York University unofficial transcript, please visit the Order Transcripts Online page and request for your unofficial transcript to be emailed to you.


FGS encourages all graduate students applying for external scholarships to consult the following guides:


  • If you require further assistance, please contact our Scholarship & Awards Coordinator or Research Officer by visiting our FGS Staff Directory.


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
    350 Albert Street, Ottawa
    1-855-275-2861 (general)
    613-995-4273 (online support)