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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)

  • Application submission deadline: October 4, 2023

How to Apply


If you are applying through your institution, the faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent) is no longer responsible for uploading your transcripts. It is your responsibility to scan and upload all transcripts required for your application. Please note that grade reports are not acceptable.


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 2024-2025 Tri-Council & Ontario Graduate Scholarship Cover Sheet by October 4, 2023.


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 2023 even if no grades are available).

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)