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 15th.  The referee deadline remains the same, December 1st.

Tri-Council Funding

Note:  All award holders of research training programs covered by the Tri-agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide (TARTAHG) that end between March and August 2020 can benefit from a four-month extension, provided they meet certain conditions. Click here for more details.

Please note that, although instructions will be sent to eligible students, they must still complete an online form through the Tri-council. The deadline to submit the form is July 9th. Award extensions will not be applied to student accounts until the decisions are sent to the institution. Completing the online document is only the first step in the process.

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

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

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

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, 2020
PhD: September 28, 2020 (submit through the NSERC online portal). Referee letters must be attached to your application before you can submit.
Masters: December 1, 2020
PhD: October 1, 2020 (complete the application on the SSHRC website). Referee letters must be attached to your application before you can submit.
Masters: December 1, 2020
PhD: October 1, 2020 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.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (Bantings) has been officially launched by the government. The Bantings are intended to support world class, Canadian and international postdoctoral researchers, who will become the research leaders of tomorrow. These are highly competitive awards, designed for exceptional candidates who are almost ready to apply for a faculty position. To find out more information, click here.  To apply for this fellowship, click here.

Women’s Health Scholars Award

Deadline:  December 1, 2020 to  Here is the 2021 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 here Click here for an application form. Deadline: December 1, 2020 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. 25, 2020)

Dan David Scholarship

The Dan David Prize awards three $1,000,000 prizes to those who have made extraordinary discoveries and outstanding contributions to humanity in selected fields representing the three time dimensions  – past, present and future. Learn details about the three fields by clicking here. Details about qualifications and how to apply are available here. The deadline to apply is November 30th, 2020.

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

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Google PhD Fellowships

Please refer to the Google PhD Fellowship Program website and FAQ for details. The fellowships open on September 1st and close September 30th.  PhD students must be nominated by the department chair’s office in their field of study by September 30, 2020.

Polanyi Awards

To honour the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Ontario Government established a fund to award John Charles Polanyi Prizes annually to up to five outstanding researchers or scholars who are in the early stages of their careers and at Ontario universities. The prizes, each of which is valued at $20,000, will be conferred in the fall of 2021. They are available in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology
or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science, broadly defined.

To be eligible for an award, an applicant must:
1. be normally resident in Ontario;
2. have received their doctoral degree from any recognized university in the  or after
September 1, 2017, or, if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, be confident that
they will have completed all degree requirements by May 31, 2021 (an applicant who was
on parental leave between the time of completion of the doctorate and the time of
application may have their period of eligibility extended by six months);
3. either be planning to continue to post-doctoral studies, or hold a faculty appointment, in a
recognized publicly assisted university in Ontario.

More information is available by CLICKING HERE. The application form is available by CLICKING HERE. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2020.