Form 201 asks the applicant to identify a University Designate who is responsible for uploading the transcript file (PDF) to the online application. To confirm who the designate is for each program, check the Graduate Scholarship Contacts at Western
It is the responsibility of the applicant to:
Provide all official and current transcripts as required to the graduate program in advance of the program’s deadline
Confirm that the subject matter of the research proposed in the application is eligible for NSERC support
Submit a complete application online by the program’s deadline
As of the graduate program’s application deadline, an applicant must:
Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
Hold, or expect to hold when taking up the award, a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is recognized by NSERC
Intend to pursue, in the following year, full-time doctoral studies and research in an eligible program in the natural sciences or engineering supported by NSERC. See Eligibility Criteria
Window of Eligibility
An applicant must have enough time left in the proposed program to be able to hold the award if successful. The determination is measured as of Dec 31st of the year of application.
For a PhD, an applicant must have spent between 0 and 6 terms (24 months) in the program for which the funding is being requested.
For a direct-entry PhD, an applicant must have spent between 1 and 9 terms (4 and 36 months) in the program for which funding is being requested.
If an applicant was registered in a master’s degree and subsequently transferred to the PhD, the time in the doctoral program will be calculated starting from the date of official transfer to the PhD.
In the evaluation of eligibility, NSERC will consider all studies counted toward the graduate degree for which funding is requested, whether completed at the degree-granting institution or not.
Two sessions of part-time study equal one session of full-time study.
Also, an applicant
must not have previously taken up an NSERC PGS B, PGS D, CGS D, IPS 2,* or a Vanier CGS; and
must not hold, or have held, a CGS D or Vanier CGS from either CIHR or SSHRC.
At Western, an eligible applicant must have achieved a minimum of 80% in each of the last two completed years of full-time study, or equivalent to full-time study. Eligibility averages for competitive scholarship are rounded ONLY to the nearest decimal place. The eligibility averages are based on grades on the transcript(s) up to August 31st of the year of application.
Select ‘Self Service’ from the main menu, then 'Campus Finances'
Select ‘My External Scholarships’ and follow the activation steps for the Vanier CGS
Choose the start date that matches the date stipulated by the agency in the offer
Method of Payment
At Western University the annual value of an award is divided into three equal installments and each is pre-paid to the award holder’s Student Center account at the start of every term (September, January and May).
Terms and Conditions
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 became effective September 1, 2016 and the Guide is available on NSERC's website. The Guide applies to Tri-Agency research training awards such as Vanier CGS, NSERC PGSD/CGSD, SSHRC DF/CGSD, CIHR CGSD and all CGSM. It contains all the forms that training award holders and the University need to facilitate post-award activities allowed by the Tri-Agencies.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) offers two types of research training awards through one application: the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGSD) and the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGSD).
The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGSD) Program provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. The Government of Canada established these prestigious scholarships, to be awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies, to ensure a reliable supply of highly qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada's knowledge economy. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholars will help renew faculty at Canadian universities and will be the research leaders of tomorrow.
The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGSD) Program provides financial support to high-calibre students who are engaged in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these students to fully concentrate on their studies and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.