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Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program (CGSD)

Fully Funded Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program (CGSD) for Canadian Students

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program (CGSD) at selected Canadian institutes.


The Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (CGSD) program or (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).The CGS D program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits under Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program (CGSD):

  • $35,000 per year for 36 months


To be eligible for Canada Graduate Scholarships, applicants 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


Selecting the appropriate agency

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.

Applicants should complete the agency application 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.  For more information on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency, refer to

To complete the application process for Canada Graduate Scholarships, refer to the appropriate agency’s instructions.

Where to submit an application

An applicant must apply through a Canadian institution or directly to the appropriate agency. Failure to submit an application through the correct channel may result in an application being rejected from the competition.

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Scholarship Title: Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program (CGSD)
Institute Name: Selected Canadian Institutes
Degree/Course: PhD
Country: Canada
Last Date: October 17, 2020

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