Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards (DFSA/CGSD)



  • $30,000 per year plus a $5,000 research allowance per year

Timelines and Deadlines

  • Application opens: July
  • ResearchNet Application Deadline for Western University: September 30 (8:00pm EDT)
  • Agency Deadline for Institutions: October 3
  • Anticipated Notice of Decisions: April 15


How to Apply:

Institutional Signatures:

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.


Terms and Conditions for Holding the Award

  • Access and review the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide (link provided above) and comply with the regulations governing use of the award.
  • Complete an annual SGPS Progress Report Form
    • Submit the form by the deadline specified by SGPS in the annual notification email
    • Annual deadlines will vary for each CIHR Scholar depending on the anniversary of the award start date, but will fall in August, December, or April.
    • A Progress Report can be submitted no earlier than 60 days prior to the anniversary date.
    • Failure to submit Report on time will result in the delay or discontinuation of award payments.
    • Progress that is deemed unsatisfactory may result in termination of the award.



The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Program funds applications in any area of health research. Two streams of scholarships are administered through a single application:

  • The Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Awards (CGSD) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
  • The Doctoral Foreign Study Awards (DFSA) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.

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.

All information updated July 12, 2017