Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) doctoral scholarships


  1. NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS D)
  2. NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)

Value and duration

CGS D: $35,000/year (up to 3 years)
PGS D: $21,000/year (up to 3 years)

Deadline & eligibility

October 1, 2021: submit a copy of all up-to-date official transcripts digitally as one PDF document to the Graduate Awards Office.

October 8, 2021 by 8 p.m. is the internal deadline for applicants registered at Concordia University within the calendar year of application. If you were not registered at a Canadian institution at any time during the year of application, you must apply directly to NSERC by October 17, 2021 by 8:00 p.m. Please refer to the tri-agency flowchart to determine the appropriate application path.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date;

  • have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the year of application (no more than 36 months if transferred directly from Bachelors to a PhD or enrolled in a joint program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD);

  • submit only one doctoral award application in a given academic year. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program do not count towards this limit;

  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.

Eligibility of Subject Matter at NSERC: Applicants should apply to the agency that is best aligned with their research subject matter to ensure that it is reviewed by experts in disciplines closest to their field(s) of study. Applicants who are uncertain should consult the guidelines for selecting the appropriate federal granting agency and NSERC’s eligibility criteria for proposed research and programs of study.

Note: Applicants submit one application for both award types. The highest-ranked PGS D applicants will automatically be considered by NSERC for a CGS D. However, applicants should refer to the online descriptions for each award to determine their eligibility to apply to and hold each award, as there are notable differences.

How to apply

  1. Applicant requests official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate):
    1. Transcripts should be requested as early as possible in order to meet the agency deadline date (e.g. at least 2 weeks before any hard deadline).
      Official transcripts can be picked up in person at the Birks Student Service Center (LB 185) or they can be mailed or sent by courier to students in sealed envelopes.
      For step by step instructions on how to request an official transcript, please see How to request an official transcript
    2. Translated copies of transcripts written in a language other than English or French must be submitted with a certification/validation using electronic signature or an email provided by the translator. Any validations/certifications must be uploaded to the electronic application with the transcripts;
    3. For your letter of attestation to confirm Part-time Study and/or Leave of Absence, you will need to order them online.
  2. Request two reference letters: the letters are uploaded by your referees once you add their contact information electronically on NSERC’s online application system.
  3. Submits the following documents as ONE PDF attachment to the Graduate Awards Office by October 1, 2021:
    • all up-to-date official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
    • one copy of the legend (reverse of each transcript). Do not scan the legend multiple times.
    • If you have transcripts written in a language other than English or French, you must provide a certified English or French translation.
  4. Following the application instructions, fill out an online application (Form 201) by October 8th, 2021 by 8 p.m. and must include e-mail address of appointed university coordinator in application for transcript(s) uploads: Marwa Gouda.

Apply to

Eligible students wishing to apply through Concordia University must submit an online application (Form 201) using NSERC’s online application system by October 8th, 2021 by 8 p.m. and submit official transcripts to Graduate Awards Office by October 1, 2021.

Post award information

To activate payment, (1) a Request for instalment and reinstatement of award form; and (2) Concordia-based payment activation form along with your NSERC acceptance letter, entitled Scholarships and Fellowships Summary must be submitted to the Graduate Awards Office.

Your award will be processed and released into your Student Account after the DNE deadline of every term. Click on Request a refund on your Student Centre to receive a cheque to your mailing address for any remaining funds.


Please email the Graduate Awards Office

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