Registration Status at Time of Application
Note: The term “degree program” corresponds to all degree programs and not only those in the natural sciences and engineering.

    • You are currently registered at (or were registered at during the year of application), or are on an approved leave of absence from, a Canadian university in a degree program. Submit your application to the Canadian university at which you are currently or were registered in a degree program, or from which you have taken an approved leave of absence.
    • Applicants who are registered in a cotutelle at a Canadian university must apply at the Canadian university where they are registered.
    • You are currently registered at a foreign university. Submit your application directly to NSERC.

You are not currently registered at a university; or are registered, but not in a degree program; and have completed all of the requirements for a degree program from a Canadian university since January 1 of this year. Submit your application to the Canadian university where you were registered in a degree program for which you completed all of the requirements since January 1 of this year.

If none of the preceding options apply to you, only then may you consider the following.

  • You are not currently registered at a university; or are registered, but not in a degree program; and have completed all of the requirements for a degree program prior to January 1 of this year. Submit your application directly to NSERC.

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.