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The Tri-Council is made up of three granting agencies that provide research funding for high caliber Master’s and doctoral students.
Tri-Council doctoral scholarships are amongst the most prestigious awards available in Canada. To be eligible for the Doctoral Competition, you must have achieved a first-class average of 3.5 or higher in the last two years of study.


Students who forward a Tri-Council Doctoral Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Graduate Award office will be invited to attend a workshop in preparing an application with the best chance of success. The Doctoral NOI also informs your department/program to align you with their mentoring initiatives.
The NOI is currently closed.


For details on specific awards and how to apply, click on the appropriate title below.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC ) is one of three federal agencies (Tri-Council) that provide research funding for graduate students. NSERC funds research in the natural sciences and engineering.

Value   

$21,000 PhD PGS, up to three years
$35,000 PhD CGS, up to three years

Citizenship

Canadian or Permanent Resident

Eligibility

See Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

To be eligible for the NSERC Doctoral competition, students must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the university issuing the transcripts, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). At the University of Calgary, a student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the last 2 years of study. Each institution has their own definition of first-class average. The University of Calgary does not convert scales.

Application

Applications are submitted electronically through the NSERC Online Services portal. Depending on your status, applications are to be submitted either to the University of Calgary or directly to NSERC. Refer to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to confirm where your application should be submitted.

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships: NSERC doctoral applicants forwarded to the national level competition will automatically be considered for the Province of Alberta Queen Elizabeth II scholarships held at the University of Calgary (annual value of $15,000) being offered through this competition.

Applicants should also contact their Graduate Program Administrator for information on the application process for the program’s recommended Queen Elizabeth II scholarships.

Deadline

October 15 for applications submitted to the University of Calgary.

When a deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted on the first business day following the deadline date.

Refer to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for applications submitted directly to NSERC.

Transcripts

If you are applying through the University of Calgary, on the NSERC application, request the University Designate (gsaward@ucalgary.ca) to upload copies of your transcripts to your application.

Send an email to gsaward@ucalgary.ca indicating ‘NSERC transcripts_your last name’ in the subject line. In the body of the email, list all your transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended. Include your full name and University of Calgary student ID number.
Ensure the University has your most recent and complete transcripts.

It is your responsibility to ensure the transcripts attached here are correct, complete, legible once uploaded and in the correct format. Review the final version of your online application before it is submitted.

Deadline to request transcripts is October 7.

Workshop

Internal Application Procedures and Strong Funding Application
Presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Questions

Contact gsaward@ucalgary.ca

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
The SSHRC is one of three federal agencies that provide research funding for university students, postdoctoral fellows and professors. SSHRC funds research in the social sciences and humanities.

Value                  

$20,000 PGS, up to four years
$35,000 CGS, up to three years

Citizenship

Canadian or Permanent Resident

Eligibility

See: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Application

Depending on your status, applications are to be submitted in PAPER/HARD COPY format either to your University graduate program or directly to SSHRC. Refer to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to confirm where your application should be submitted.

Application Resources

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships: SSHRC doctoral applicants forwarded to the national level competition will automatically be considered for the Province of Alberta Queen Elizabeth II scholarships held at the University of Calgary (annual value of $15,000) being offered through this competition.

Applicants should also contact their Graduate Program Administrator for information on the application process for the program’s recommended Queen Elizabeth II scholarships.

Deadline

For applications submitted to a graduate program, contact your program for the deadline.

Refer to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for applications submitted directly to SSHRC.

Transcripts

If applying through the University, ask your Graduate Program Administrator to attach copies of your transcripts to your application.   Indicate ‘SSHRC transcripts_your last name’ in the subject line. In the body of the email, include your full name, University of Calgary student ID number and a list of all transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended.
Ensure the University has your most recent and complete transcripts.

Workshop

2017 SSHRC Doctoral Workshop Presentation
Presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Questions

Contact gsaward@ucalgary.ca

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS M)
The CGS-M program supports students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Value                

$17,500 for 12 months, non renewable

Citizenship

Canadian or Permanent Resident

Eligibility

See: Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS M)

To be eligible for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS M) students must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the university issuing the transcripts, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). At the University of Calgary, a student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the last 2 years of study. Each institution has their own definition of first-class average. The University of Calgary does not convert scales.

Application

Research Portal opens September 1. Applications are submitted electronically through the Research Portal.

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships: Applicants to the CGS-M competition will automatically be considered for the Province of Alberta Queen Elizabeth II scholarships held at the University of Calgary (annual value of $10,800) being offered through this competition.

Applicants should also contact their Graduate Program Administrator for information on the application process for the program’s recommended Queen Elizabeth II scholarships.

The Tri-Council portal list of programs available at the University of Calgary includes research units and administrative offices as well as graduate programs. To ensure correct processing of your application, choose a graduate program available at the University of Calgary. If you need assistance, please contact us at gsaward@ucalgary.ca

Deadline

December 1

Transcripts

Requests for transcripts will no longer be accepted.

You must request official transcripts from each institution that you have attended according to the instructions on the CGS website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp

University of Calgary transcripts must be requested from the registrar. See http://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/transcripts/processing_cost

Prior to November 10:

If you are currently registered as a master's student at the University of Calgary, and you are not applying for this award at other universities, you may request copies of your transcripts from the University Designate (gsaward@ucalgary.ca):

Send an email to gsaward@ucalgary.ca indicating ‘CGSM transcripts_your last name’ in the subject line. In the body of the email, include:

  • your full name
  • University of Calgary student ID number
  • statement that you are a Master's student at the University of Calgary (no official documentation is required)
  • your research area (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)
  • your program
  • list all your transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended (Ensure the University has your most recent and complete transcripts.

The Graduate Scholarship Office will compile all your listed transcripts from your UCalgary Student File and format them into one file as required by the CGS-M portal. We will email the PDF file to you before November 25th so that you can upload it to your application by the December 1 application deadline.

It is your responsibility to ensure the transcripts attached here are correct, complete, legible once uploaded and in the correct format. Review the final version of your online application before it is submitted.

Canada Graduate
Scholarship Master's (CGSM)
Committee

The CGS M committee members will be drawn from the Graduate Scholarship Committee. The committee will be interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary in nature. (Members not yet selected for the 2016 competition)

Selection
process

Each CGS M application will be reviewed by three committee members and assessed according to the Selection Criteria. Committee members will be assigned to applications based on field of research (health, natural sciences and engineering and social sciences and humanities).

Conflict of
Interest

Committee members will declare a conflict of interest if their relationship with the student is other than an academic one; if they supervise or have provided a letter of reference for the applicant; or if they have a direct or indirect financial interest in the application being reviewed.

Note: An administrator in the student’s program or on the student’s supervisory committee (excluding the supervisor) is not considered a conflict unless they have provided a letter of reference for the applicant.

Workshop

2017 CGS-M Scholarship Workshop Presentation
Presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Questions

Contact gsaward@ucalgary.ca

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
The CIHR is one of three federal agencies that provide research funding for graduate students. CIHR funds research in the health sciences.

Value  

$30,000 per annum for 3 years plus Research allowance: $5,000 per annum.

Citizenship

Canadian or Permanent Resident

Eligibility

See CIHR Doctoral Eligibility

Application

Applications are submitted electronically through ResearchNet. Refer to CIHR How to Apply

Deadline

ResearchNet application deadline is October 3, 10am

Transcripts

You may request copies of your transcripts from the University Designate (gsaward@ucalgary.ca).

Send an email to gsaward@ucalgary.ca indicating ‘CIHR transcripts_your last name’ in the subject line. In the body of the email, include your full name, University of Calgary student ID number and a list of all transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended.
Ensure the University has your most recent and complete transcripts.

It is your responsibility to ensure the transcripts attached here are correct, complete, legible once uploaded and in the correct format. Review the final version of your online application before it is submitted.

Deadline to request transcripts is September 21.

Signature Page

The supervisors’ signatures on the signature pages are required but the institutional signatures page (last one) is to be left blank. You must then upload the pages to your application. Once the application is complete, the Faculty of Graduate Studies CIHR scholarship liaison will electronically approve and submit the application to CIHR.

Workshop

2017 CIHR Doctoral Workshop Presentation
Presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

2017 CIHR Info Session to Students
Presented by CIHR

Questions

CIHR Doctoral FAQs: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/42504.html

Contact gsaward@ucalgary.ca

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS)
The CGS-MSFSS program supports students who hold a Vanier scholarship or a Master’s or doctoral Tri-Council Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) and are undertaking research studies for three to six months at a research institution outside Canada.

Value                 

up to $6,000

Citizenship

Canadian or Permanent Resident

Eligibility

See
NSERC CGS-MSFSS
SSHRC CGS-MSFSS
CIHR CGS-MSFSS

Application

Access your Tri-Council funder's website for applications:
NSERC CGS-MSFSS
SSHRC CGS-MSFSS
CIHR CGS-MSFSS

Submit completed applications to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Office, MacKimmie Library Tower, MLT 213

Deadline

June 1 and October 1

Questions

Contact gsaward@ucalgary.ca

SSHRC Impact – TALENT Award
The SSHRC Impact – TALENT Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship award holder. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

Deadline: Nominations must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Office, MLT 213, no later than March 16 at 4:30pm

The nominating program must ensure the following documents are included in the nomination package submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies:

1. A covering letter of up to two pages that includes:  (Program must provide the initial draft of this letter)

  • the name, current position and institution of the person proposing the nomination;
  • the Award category;
  • the name, position and affiliation of the nominee and any co-applicants;
  • a brief summary of the SSHRC-funded work that is being put forward for consideration;
  • the names, current positions, affiliations and areas of expertise of three referees who support the nomination; and
  • (the signature of the nominating institution’s president or his/her delegate will be managed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies).

2. An attachment of up to four pages demonstrating the rationale supporting the nomination, including:

  • the significance, challenge and impact of the achievements for which the nomination is being put forward;
  • the quality and scope of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and indication of the nominee's career level;
  • a description, including evidence of research achievements, and, where applicable, impact and outcomes of the initiative;
  • examples of success in widely sharing, and encouraging application of, resulting knowledge and benefits within and/or beyond the academic community; and
  • evidence that outcomes resulted in significant and positive impacts in Canada and/or internationally.

3.   A SSHRC CV and Consent form:

4. Supporting information for nomination rationale:

Include up to three pages briefly summarizing the work undertaken, including SSHRC file number(s). The summary should support the rationale for the nomination by describing the impact, research outcomes, and other pertinent contributions resulting from the nominee’s research and/or research-related activities.

5. A promotion plan:

Nominations must include up to two pages outlining the commitment and strategy of the nominating institution to promote and celebrate the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements. Proposed outreach activities could include: a lecture series, workshops, videos, press releases, advertisements, social media engagement or other similar activities.

6. Letters of support from three referees:

Three letters must be provided in support of the nominee. Referees must be established authorities in the field who have not worked with the nominee on the project being recognized, are not affiliated with the nominee’s current institution, and do not have a personal relationship with the nominee.

Note: In the case of the Talent Award, referees may be affiliated with the nominee’s current institution.

Letters of support must:

  • be dated and signed;
  • include the referee's name, position, affiliation, email address and telephone number;
  • include the name of the nominee and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee; and
  • offer an overall assessment of the nominee's accomplishments, including examples of how these achievements fulfill the evaluation criteria outlined above.

 Questions? Contact gsaward@ucalgary.ca