CIHR Doctoral Research Awards


 Application Opens: August 1

Application Closes: October 1

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Awards fund applications in any area of health research.

Successful applicants will win one of the following awards:

  • The Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGSD):  $35,000 per year for 36 months
  • The Doctoral Foreign Study Awards (DFSA):  $35,000 per year for 36 months


  • For full details about eligibility, review the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA on the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program website.


  • August 1: Application opens.
  • October 1: Application deadline (before 8:00 p.m. EST).
  • October 2 - November 20: Western adjudicates awards. Students can obtain ongoing updates through Student Center.
  • November 21: Western submits applications to CIHR.
  • April: Anticipated notice of decisions

How To Apply


Western University CIHR
  • Contact CIHR directly by EMAIL.

Holding the Award at Western

Acceptance and Activation

  • Accept the offer of award from the agency following the instructions provided in the letter of offer, and then activate it for payment by completing the required agency forms.
  • Initiate the payment process at Western by following these steps:
    • Access the Student Center
    • Select ‘Self Service’ from the main menu, then 'Campus Finances'
    • Select ‘My External Scholarships’ and follow the activation steps for the CIHR
    • 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. 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.
  • Access and review your Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder's Guide 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 Vanier Scholar depending on the anniversary of the award start date, but will annually fall in either August, December, or April
    • A Progress Report can be submitted no earlier than 60 days prior to the anniversary date
    • Failure to submit the annual Progress Report will result in the suspension of further payments