Master’s and PhD Students

NSERC acknowledges that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19
pandemic may hinder the ability of some applicants to access official and up-to-date
versions of their transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions
which do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. As
such, for the fall 2020 competition, NSERC will not completely reject
applications that include unofficial transcripts in lieu of official transcripts.

Applicants and SLOs should be aware of the following:
• electronic transcripts provided by an institution’s registrar’s office are
considered by NSERC to be official transcripts. Applicants should check with
their institution (s) to verify whether this option is available to them prior to
submitting an application.
• while applications containing unofficial transcripts will be accepted, applicants
should note that submission of an application will continue to serve as a normal

Click here to view some useful tips from NSERC about applying for funding

Master’s Students

Master’s students submit a common application form for all three Tri-council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR). You will want to watch this video on instructions on how to complete a reference assessment form.

Value

$17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable

Deadline

Online master’s applications must be submitted by December 1.

Eligibility and Application Details

Go to the Tri-Agency website for the latest information. You must have at least an A- average to apply. Carleton University students who hold an NSERC 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

PhD Students

If you are uncertain about whether to send your application to SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR, please visit this website. If you would like a ruling from NSERC, please email scholfin@nserc-crsng.gc.ca. If you have a degree in a field other than science or engineering, NSERC may accept the application at its discretion.  Please click here for more information about your registration status at time of application, eligibility requirements and maximum duration of scholarship support.

Value

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral:  $35,000 a year (for two or three years)
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral:   $21,000 a year (for two or three years)

Deadline

Sept 28, 2020 (by noon) for the 2021-2022 academic year (submit through the NSERC online portal). Referee letters must be attached to your application before you can submit.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for a NSERC award if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • hold, or expect to hold at the time the award begins, a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is acceptable to NSERC
  • intend to pursue (in the following year) full-time graduate studies and research at the master’s or doctoral level in one of the areas of natural sciences and engineering supported by NSERC
  • are not applying in the same academic year to SSHRC or CIHR.

Maximum Hours of Work for NSERC 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

Applications

Applications for NSERC awards are completed online through the NSERC website (PhD). Your online application will then be evaluated by your department which will rank applications and forward them to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs for further evaluation. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will submit the top-ranked applicants from all Faculties to NSERC for consideration. Students are responsible for obtaining originals of all post secondary transcripts, including Carleton, and should send them to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. The “University Designate” for Carleton University is Leslie Main.

Additional Information

All additional information about completing an application form is available on the NSERC web page.
You can also view the slides for the Sept. 12, 2017 NSERC information session by clicking here.

Doctoral Student Annual Progress Reports

Any student who holds a NSERC multi-year award at the doctoral level must fill out an annual progress report in order to receive the next three terms of the award.

NSERC Progress Report Form

When completing the report form, please note your student number. These reports need to be submitted each year as per the following schedule:

April 1 – May anniversaries
July 1 – September anniversaries
December 1 – January anniversaries

Completed forms and questions can be directed to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (512 Tory Building).