Registration Status at Time of Application

Applicant’s status at time of application Where to submit application
Currently registered in a degree program at a Canadian institution with a quota.

Note: This includes applicants on an approved leave of absence from a Canadian institution with a quota.

The Canadian institution at which the applicant is currently registered.
Currently registered concurrently at a Canadian institution with a quota and at a foreign post-secondary institution (e.g., in a cotutelle). The Canadian institution at which the applicant is currently registered.
Not currently registered in a degree program but was registered at any other time during the year of application in a degree program at a Canadian institution with a quota. The Canadian institution at which the applicant was registered in a degree program.
Currently registered at an institution (Canadian or foreign) without a quota for the selected agency. Directly to the appropriate agency.
Not registered at any time during the year of application in a degree program at a Canadian institution with a quota for the selected agency. Directly to the appropriate agency.

This applies to all 3 funding agencies.

To be eligible to apply:

  • You must have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 24 months (between four and 36 months if admitted to the doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s program) of studies (full-time equivalent) in the doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; and
  • You must not hold, or have held, a scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral program.

Maximum total duration of scholarship support

  • Scholarship support for graduate studies through NSERC is limited to a lifetime maximum of four years (48 months) of full-time equivalency. NSERC will include any graduate-level scholarship funding provided by SSHRC and CIHR in the calculation of previous funding support.
  • If you have had up to 12 months of support at the M level, you are eligible for a maximum of 36 months of support at the D level providing you meet the program’s other eligibility criteria.
  • If you have had between 12 and 24 months of support at the M level, you are eligible for a maximum of 24 months of support at the D level providing you meet the program’s other eligibility criteria.