How to Apply:
Western uses the Electronic Approval Tool in ResearchNet to submit applications to CIHR. Applicants at Western no longer need to provide ink signatures on Page 3 of the Signature Pages section. It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to obtain any other required ink signatures prior to submitting the application by September 4, or institutional approval cannot be granted and the application will not be submitted to the agency.
Students apply to the CIHR Doctoral Awards program and top-ranked applicants are awarded a CGSD or DFSA depending on the proposed location where the doctoral degree will be pursued. Both awards are of equivalent value. Additional funds are available in specific research areas to support Doctoral Research Award applications that are funded outside of the CGSD or DFSA program. The annual Priority Announcement identifies the specific research areas for applications.
NEW! The Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) have harmonized their post-award policies (where possible) for research training programs and have incorporated these policies into a harmonized Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder's Guide. These policies are effective as of September 1, 2016 and the Guide is available on NSERC's website.
On September 1, 2016, Western University launched the Doctoral Excellence Research Awards.
The Doctoral Excellence Research Awards represent a new investment in graduate student support, in addition to the funding already invested by the University and Faculties in this area. The awards recognize outstanding academic achievement to nurture the potential of our best and brightest scholars.
A new doctoral student, who is also a new CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Program recipient, will receive up to $15,000 during their first year, and up to an additional $10,000 for each subsequent year of the CIHR Doctoral Research Award.
A continuing doctoral student, who is a CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Program recipient, will receive up to an additional $10,000 for each remaining year of their CIHR Doctoral Research Award.
Western’s new Doctoral Excellence Research Awards represent an additional investment of approximately $2 million annually, underlining our overall commitment to supporting Canada’s future leaders.
All information updated September 2016