Doctoral Harmonized Tri-Council Awards - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC

​Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (CGS D)

New for Fall 2019 - Canada's three federal granting agencies have been working together to harmonize the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) Programs. The Tri- Agencies have recently launched the first phase of the harmonization, which includes a new common CGS D webpage, harmonized application timeline and program descriptions. ​

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

More information on the CGS-D program including eligibility, application process, and selection process is posted on the new Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program webpage.

More application information specific to McGill University will be posted once all the agency application platforms are available.


$35,000.00 (per year for 3 years)


Early Fall semester submission to nominating Academic Unit

01 October - online application

*Please be sure to communicate with the Academic Unit regarding nomination process, deadlines and any specific document requirements


*** The following information is an excerpt only and has been copied from the following agency web page: Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program webpage  

It is applicant responsibility to verify if any changes have taken place.

To be eligible to apply, you 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.


The agencies count all studies toward the doctoral degree for which funding is requested, whether or not they were completed at the degree-granting institution.

For information on doctoral awards tenable at foreign institutions, refer to the agency-specific doctoral awards.

For COMPLETE eligibility criteria visit: Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program webpage

Agency-specific doctoral awards

In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC for further details.

Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards. Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS D scholarship and an agency doctoral award. CGS D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants.

Interdisciplinary Research

Students seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas covered by more than one of the granting agencies NSERCCIHR and SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should refer to  “ Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency” well before the deadline.

For questions on how to categorize a proposal, consult with the granting agency webpage at Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency

How to Apply

To complete the application process, refer to the appropriate agency’s instructions.

CIHR instructions

NSERC instructions

SSHRC instructions

Required Documents

  • Full application form on the appropriate agency form that must include:
  • All UP TO DATE (must include current Fall term registration status) official university transcripts obtained by student and must include all official transcripts to support transfer credits. Verify the appropriate agency instructions for attaching transcript files to your application.
  • CIHR Checklist
  • NSERC Checklist
  • SSHRC Checklist

Post-Award Information

If you have been awarded the above fellowship, please refer to Getting Paid & Maintaining Fellowship. Among other items, this page contains respective agency Award Holder's Guides, Payment Activation forms etc.

The deadlines for submitting these items in order to avoid delays in award payments are as follows:

Award Start Date

Document Deadlines

Progress Report

May 1

Apr 15

Apr 15

Sep 1

Jul 15 (in-course)
Aug 1 (new)

Jul 15

Jan 1

Dec 1

Dec 1

Please note that should the awardee’s student status change in any way during the course of the award, it is the responsibility of the awardee to notify the Academic Unit, GPS Funding Unit, and the Agency.



For more information, please contact your Academic Unit or consult the Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program webpage