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NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship

Quick Facts:

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing master’s or doctoral studies in a Canadian university in natural sciences or engineering.

Annual Value: $17,300 to $35,000 (depending on degree level)
Award Status: Active
Deadline(s):

  • Doctoral CGS/PGS: Monday, September 18, 2017 (4:00 PM PST)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Program (CGSM):  December 1, 2017

Eligibility:

Complete eligibility criteria are available on the NSERC website.

Potential applicants should also be sure that they are submitting their application to the most appropriate of the three federal funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC). If applicants are unsure whether they should submit their application to CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC, they should send a half-page summary of their intended research proposal to one of the agencies and ask the agency to confirm in writing (including by e-mail) if they are eligible to apply to that agency. Applicants are advised to err on the side of caution, and ask the funding agency for an assessment rather than guess or assume incorrectly.

Citizenship:

  • Canadian
  • Permanent Resident

Degree Level:

  • Master’s
  • Doctoral

Applicant Status:

  • Incoming students
  • Continuing students

Evaluation Criteria:

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the NSERC website.

Application Procedures:

NSERC Doctoral CGS or PGS
Application materials are submitted electronically via the NSERC online application system. Depending on the applicant's status at the time of application, applications are routed through a Canadian university or directly to NSERC. Applicants must review the NSERC website to determine the correct route for their application materials. Please note that if application materials are submitted to the wrong institution, the application will be withdrawn from the competition. 

Applicants who are to submit their application to the UBC Okanagan campus must submit a complete application package to the College of Graduate Studies by the internal deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017  (4:00 PM PST)

Submission of transcripts: applicants who submit their application to UBC, through the Okanagan campus, will be asked to identify a university designate who will upload the applicant's transcripts to their NSERC application. For the 2017 competition, the university designate for students applying through the Okanagan campus is: Nicole McLeod (graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca).Transcripts will be uploaded, following the internal deadline.  

The College of Graduate Studies may have transcripts on file from admission applications; if so, the applicant must contact the office to confirm the transcripts that are needed for the purpose of the NSERC application and to confirm that all transcripts are complete and up-to-date (degree(s) conferred, all courses include grades). If an applicant is submitting transcripts to the College of Graduate Studies in support of their application, the transcripts must be received in the original, sealed envelopes to be considered official. Applicants must include transcripts for all post-secondary studies up until the fall session of the competition year. Questions about transcript requirements should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies by emailing: graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca.

Submitting the NSERC online application: Application materials are submitted online via the NSERC application portal. Applicants who are to submit their application via the UBC Okanagan campus should check with the College of Graduate Studies to determine when they are to "submit" their application online. The College of Graduate Studies will ask for applicants to submit a PDF copy of their application by the internal deadline. PDF copies can be emailed directly to: graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca.

The College of Graduate Studies will follow up with each applicant and inform them of when they are to “submit” their application to the NSERC online application portal. Following the internal deadline of the College of Graduate Studies, students may not edit or make changes to their application unless instructed to do so by the College of Graduate Studies and/or a representative from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS).

NSERC CGSM Awards
The Tri-Council master's programs (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have harmonized the application process. Competition details are accessible via the NSERC website. Applicants are to submit the application through the online Research Portal. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

It is imperative applicants consult the instructions regarding how to submit the application and the materials required. Official UBC transcripts that reflect current registration will be required. Questions regarding transcripts can be directed to: graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca.

Applicants must identify their Proposed Host Organization. All current students enrolled in a graduate program at the Okanagan campus must select The University of British Columbia as their host organization. Within this framework, the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are considered one institution. For this reason, applicants will need to identify the Okanagan campus in either the free-form Faculty field or in the drop-down menu of the Department/Division field. Detailed instructions are available by selecting this link. Applicants that are not currently enrolled in a graduate program, may selected up to five universities as their Proposed Host Organization

Nomination Procedures:

NSERC Doctoral CGS or PGS
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) will provide electronic copies of the references for the applications submitted by current students of the Okanagan campus to the College of Graduate Studies shortly after the internal deadline.

The College of Graduate Studies will disseminate applications received to graduate programs. Graduate programs will review and score the award applications for students in their program and submit scoring summaries to the College of Graduate Studies. The College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee will convene and determine the top-ranked applications that will be submitted to G+PS for further adjudication. Nominations must be submitted by the College of Graduate Studies to G+PS by: Friday, October 13, 2017 (4:00 pm PST)

The quota (the maximum number of nominations that the College of Graduate Studies may submit to G+PS) for the Tri-Council doctoral competition is: TBD (NSERC applications only).

NSERC CGSM Awards
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) will provide electronic copies of CGSM applications submitted by current and prospective students of the Okanagan campus to the College of Graduate Studies shortly after the national deadline.

The College of Graduate Studies will disseminate the applications received to graduate programs. Graduate programs will review and score the CGSM applications for students in their program and submit scoring summaries to the College of Graduate Studies. The College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee will convene and determine the top-ranked applications that will be submitted to G+PS for further adjudication. Nominations must be submitted by the College of Graduate Studies to G+PS by: TBA

The quota (the maximum number of nominations the College of Graduate Studies my submit to G+PS) for the CGSM competition is: TBA

Adjudication Procedures:

NSERC Doctoral CGS and PGS
The College of Graduate Studies forwards its top-ranked applications to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS), which oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applications. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members review and rank nominated applications and select which applications will be forwarded to the national competition. UBC's nominees are forwarded to NSERC, which oversees a nation-wide competition that selects which NSERC Doctoral applications will be funded. Successful applicants are notified by NSERC in the spring. 

NSERC CGSM Awards
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applicants from the CGSM competition. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members will review and rank nominated applications and select which applicants will be offered NSERC CGSM awards. The first opportunity for universities to make award offers to applicants is April 1, 2018.

 

AWARD NOTIFICATION :   ONLY SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED.

 

Further Information:

Resources:

Questions? Please contact: graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca

 

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