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

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 November 15, 2019

Tri-Council Funding

CGS Master’s awards

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

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

PhD students applying for an NSERC award, 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)
Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: October 1, 2019 (complete the application on the SSHRC website)
Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: N/A
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  Application details should be available in the near future.

PhD Students Only

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) Vanier Scholarship  
Value  $40,000 per year $50,000 per year
Duration Renewable for 4 years 3 years
Eligibility An international student on the first day of classes. Ontario Trillium Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified international students and you will need to apply directly through your department. 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. Students will be notified if they have been nominated (Departments must submit to Leslie Main in FGPA by Sept. 27, 2019)

Dan David Scholarships

10 scholarships of US $15,000 are awarded to scholars from universities all over the world. High achieving doctoral and postdoctoral students whose research relates to the fields chosen for this year are invited to apply. Deadline date for applications is March 10, 2020. For more information, click here.