All Tri-Council PhD award holders, please read THIS GUIDE.

If you have been offered an award from NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR, please complete this acceptance form asap.

Carleton students are encouraged to consider applying for an external award to help finance their graduate studies. These awards are provided by an organization, agency or council outside of Carleton and require a separate application — often 1 full year before the award begins. If you receive an external award, you must promptly report it to the chair/director/graduate supervisor of your department/school/institute. As some of these external agencies limit the total amount of scholarship funding you receive and limit the number of hours you may work, your offer of funding and subsequent funding packages may be modified in order to meet their regulations. Please refer to the award holder’s guide of the relevant external agency for the terms and conditions of your external award.

Maximum Hours of Work for External Award Holders

Carleton University students who hold an external award are permitted to work a maximum of 520 hours during their award period.  If you begin your award:

  • in the summer term, your 520 hours are from May 1-April 30.
  • in the fall term, September 1 – August 31.
  • in the winter term, January 1 – December 31.
  • If you hold a multi-year award, your hours will begin at the beginning of a new award cycle.


Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Value $5,000 per term
Duration 2 or 3 consecutive terms
Eligibility Students pursuing graduate studies at the master’s or doctoral level at Carleton. See full criteria, info. about the application process and application documents on the OGS website.
Deadline We have changed the OGS deadline to November 18th.  The referee deadline remains the same, December 1st.

Tri-Council Funding

CGS Master’s awards

Due to COVID-19, decisions have been delayed until April 15. The 2020-21 acceptance form is available by clicking here.

Please read all information you receive from the Tri-Council about these awards very carefully as there are strict deadline dates by which you have to respond if you are planning on accepting! Please note that the formatting applied to the Summary of Proposal text box of the CGS M application is not correct in the Portable Document Format (PDF) version generated at the preview stage. This will make it appear that the font size and spacing between paragraphs is incorrect. This is a preview error only, and will not affect the font size or spacing of the information within the submitted application. You are asked to proceed normally with the completion and submission of their applications as the agencies explore solutions to address these PDF viewing issues. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

Note: You must have at least an A- average in order to apply.

You will want to watch this video on instructions on how to complete a reference assessment form.

PhD students applying for an NSERC award, result should be available in early April. Please click here for more information about your registration status at time of application, eligibility requirements and maximum duration of scholarship support. PhD students applying for a SSHRC award, please click here for more information about your status, support at different stages of your degree, and the competition process. New NSERC PhD students, you must fill in the acceptance form provided by NSERC.  Returning NSERC students, you must fill in this report.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Value  $17,500 to $35,000 per year $17,500 to $35,000 per year $17,500 to $35,000
Duration   1-3 years 1-4 years
Eligibility  A degree in science or engineering
Available only to programs of study that include significant research training An exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity
Deadline  Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: September 27, 2019 (submit through the NSERC online portal). Referee letters must be attached to your application before you can submit.
Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: October 1, 2019 (complete the application on the SSHRC website). Referee letters must be attached to your application before you can submit.
Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: October 1, 2019 to Referee letters must be attached to your application before you can submit.
A progress report is required at the end of each year to continue with your award. Click here for the report. Please send this form to FGPA (NOT the funding agency.) A progress report is required at the end of each year to continue with your award. Click here for the report. Please send this form to FGPA (NOT the funding agency.)


Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for more than 15 years.

Mitacs Accelerate
Funding starts at $15,000 for research internships with industry or non-profit partners. Grad students and postdoctoral fellows can apply any time.

Mitacs Elevate
$57,500 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners. Fellows also receive research management training. The call for postdoc applications is issued twice a year.

Mitacs Globalink
Travel funding for research projects with international universities. Senior undergrad and grad students can apply any time.

Women’s Health Scholars Award

Deadline:  December 1, 2019 to  Here is the 2020 application form. Here is a renewal form for doctoral award holders. (Master’s students are no longer eligible to renew their awards.)  Please note that all applicants must be prescreened as no more than two applications per award level (Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral) are to be submitted by any one institution to a maximum of six applications per university. More details about this award are available by clicking here.

Autism Award

Note that any sponsoring university may submit no more than two applications per award level (master’s and doctoral), to a maximum of four applications in all.  It is therefore expected that sponsoring universities will prescreen applicants. For more details, click hereClick here for an application form. Deadline: December 2, 2019 to

PhD Students Only

Vanier Scholarship  
Value  $50,000 per year
Duration 3 years
Eligibility Full-time PhD students who are recommended by their department. Normally candidates are coming to Carleton from elsewhere in Canada or internationally
Deadline Students will be notified if they have been nominated (Departments must submit to Leslie Main in FGPA by Sept. 27, 2019)

Dan David Scholarship

Ten percent of the Dan David Prize is donated by the laureates as scholarships to outstanding young researchers, doctoral and postdoctoral students, studying topics related to the chosen fields. Each year, 20 scholarships of US$15,000 are awarded – 10 to scholars from universities all over the world and 10 to scholars from Tel Aviv University. High-achieving doctoral and postdoctoral students whose research relates to the fields chosen for this year are invited to apply for a 2020 Dan David Prize Scholarship. The application deadline is March 10, 2020. More info is available by clicking here. The three fields selected for this year are:  cultural preservation and revival, gender equality and artificial intelligence. More about the themes can be found on this web page.

Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship

Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship Committee to an outstanding international student from an African country. Eligible recipients will be full-time students proceeding from one year to another in any program of study at Carleton University. Consideration will be given to students in financial need. Application is required. If an undergraduate student is selected, the scholarship will be awarded by the Director of Undergraduate Awards and Financial Aid, if a graduate student is selected, the scholarship will be awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Endowed in 2005 by friends, family and colleagues in honour of Richard J. Van Loon, Carleton’s 10th President.
This scholarship is valued at $5,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Two scholarships will be awarded. Applicants who are short-listed, but not selected for the Richard Van Loon Scholar-ship, may be considered as potential candidates for the African Student Association Bursary.Application Deadlines is November 15, 2019. Details are available by clicking here.

IBM PhD Fellowship

IBM is pleased to announce the 2020 Two-Year Worldwide IBM PhD Fellowship for the academic years of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
Strong collaboration with faculty, students and universities is vital to IBM. The IBM PhD Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognizing and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies. Focus areas include the following:
•        AI / Cognitive Computing
•        Cloud / Open Source
•        Data Science
•        Internet of Things
•        Quantum Computing
•        Security / Cyber Security

The 2020 IBM PhD Fellowship:  Outside the US, fellowship recipients while in school will receive a competitive stipend for living expenses, travel and to attend conferences for the two academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Fellowship stipends vary by country.

Students should have three years remaining in their graduate program at the time of nomination. For example, nominees that are enrolled in a four year graduate program should have completed two years of their graduate program as of summer 2020 in order to benefit the most. All IBM PhD Fellowship awardees are matched with an IBM mentor according to their technical interests and are encouraged to participate in an internship at least once while completing their studies. Students receiving a comparable fellowship or internship from another company or institution during the same academic period may not be eligible for an IBM PhD Fellowship.

Universities should submit nominations until late October.

For more program details and FAQs go to

For further information, see your IBM contact, visit the website above, or contact
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