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Title: Award Values of Graduate Student NSERC Scholarships

Award Values of Graduate Student NSERC
Value 17,500 17,300 35,000 21,000
Duration 1 year 1 year 2 or 3 years 2 or 3 years
Tenure Canadian universities ONLY Canadian or foreign universities Canadian universities ONLY Canadian or foreign universities
Must have obtained at least one Canadian
degree in NSE
Writing an NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship
  • Workshop Agenda
  • Introductions
  • An Overview of a Complete Application Checklist
  • Discussion of how your Application will be
    Evaluated Ranked
  • Getting Started
  • Panel Session on completing each of the sections
    of the application
  • Verification of the Application and its Submission

Panel Members Gabe Alfaro, Ph.D. program,
Molecular Biology and Biosciences Heather More,
Ph.D. program, Biomedical Physiology and
Kinesiology Dr. Margo Moore, Biological
Sciences Jeff Mowat, Ph.D. program, Chemistry
Dr. Jian Pei, Computing Science Dr. Matt
White, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
Rachel Dawson, Graduate Awards Manager, Graduate
Studies Dr. George Agnes, Associate Dean of
Graduate Studies
An NSERC PGS application that is complete
includes the following sections
Form 200 Signed cover page Outline of
proposed research (free-form) Contributions and
statements (free-form) All official and current
academic transcripts (undergraduate graduate)
Appendix 1 - Report on the Applicant (completed
online or in a sealed envelope) Appendix 3 -
Optional (Explanation of Delay or Gaps in
Training Chronology) Submit the completed
application to your Department
Websites NSERC online forms - PGS, form 200
http// (from
this page, select online services) NSERC
Program information for students
dex_eng.asp NSERC blank form 200 -
esEnLigne/pdf/F200_e.pdf NSERCs tips and
suggestions for completing an application -
esEnLigne/instructions/200/e.asp SFU Graduate
Studies, Notes from this workshop to be posted at
- http//
Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians
vision and mission
We invest in
Competitive research in science and engineering,
providing access to new knowledge from around the
Productive use of new knowledge in all sectors of
the economy and society
Highly skilled, well educated and capable of
lifelong learning
Our goal is Canadian excellence in
Partnerships of universities with industry and
other sectors for project research
Scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate
students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral
fellows and some university faculty
Research Grants for basic research in the
To Apply for NSERC SupportYou Must Be
  • A Canadian citizen
  • OR
  • A Permanent Resident of Canada

Exceptions Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Program (Vanier CGS) Industrial Postgraduate
Scholarships Programs (IPS) Industrial Innovation
Scholarships (IIS) - for those registered in
Québec universities Visiting Fellowships in
Canadian Government Laboratories
(VF) Collaborative Research and Training
Experience (CREATE)

PostGraduate Student Scholarship Categories
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate
    Scholarships (CGS)
  • Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships Michael Smith
    Foreign Study Supplements (CGS MSFSS)
  • Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS)
  • Industrial Innovation Scholarships (IIS) for
    students registered at a university in Quebec
  • Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan

Time in Graduate Program Eligibility CGS/PGS M
and D
Bachelors ? Master's or Masters ? Doctorate Bachelors ? Doctorate NO registration in Master's Master's ? Doctorate Bachelors ? Doctorate NO registration in Master's
Eligibility 0-12 months in Master's 0-12 months in Doctorate 0-24 months in Doctorate 4-36 months in Doctorate
1st class average Required in each of the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent) Exceptions to be justified by university. Required in each of the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent) Exceptions to be justified by university. Required in each of the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent) Exceptions to be justified by university. Required in each of the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent) Exceptions to be justified by university.
As of December 31st of the year of application
in program for which support is requested
Eligibility of Program of Study and Proposed
  • Both program of study and proposed research must
    be eligible / in a field that NSERC supports
  • Program
  • Clinically-oriented programs of study are
    ineligible (e.g. clinical psychology)
  • Joint graduate programs including a professional
    degree are ineligible (e.g. MD/PhD)
  • Research
  • Research challenge must lie within NSE
  • For awards held at universities, research must be
    supervised by faculty member whose own research
    is in an NSERC-supported field
  • May only apply to one agency per academic year.
  • If in doubt, contact NSERC (schol_at_nserc-crsng.gc.c
  • NSERC makes final decision

CGS/PGS Selection Criteria and Weightings
What Happens to the Application at Your
  • You submit to department/university
  • University committees select applicants to fill
    NSERC quota
  • Quota of applications sent to NSERC
  • University informs unsuccessful applicants

What Happens to the Application at NSERC?
  • Verification of eligibility of applicant and
    proposed research by Program Officers
  • Selection committee members review all
  • Top-ranked applicants offered CGS
  • PGS offered to next tier of applicants
  • Applicants informed of NSERCs decision
  • Feedback available upon request

  • Academic excellence
  • Academic record
  • Scholarships and awards held
  • Duration of previous studies
  • Research ability or potential
  • Quality of contributions to research and
  • Relevance of work experience and academic
    training to field of proposed research
  • Significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed
    research, and justification for location of
  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge
  • Judgment
  • Originality
  • Initiative and autonomy
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Determination and ability to complete projects
    within an appropriate period of time
  • Communication, interpersonal and leadership
  • The ability or potential to communicate
    scientific concepts clearly and logically in
    written and oral formats. For example, this could
  • quality of the application's presentation
  • participation in preparing publications and

(No Transcript)
NSERC Getting Started
  • Give yourself (and your referees plenty of time)
  • Create a to do list and add each item to your
    agenda (eg. NSERC reference and PIN, line up your
    referees and information for them)
  • Read through all eligibility criteria and
    instructions highlight anything relevant to you
    or that you may need to refer to later on
  • Confirm your departments deadline (around
    October 2nd or 5th)

NSERC Getting Started
  • What browsers and operating systems are supported
    by NSERCs On-line System?
  • NSERC has optimized their system to work with
    browsers and operating systems that the majority
    of clients use. They are as follows

Windows XP Windows 2000 MAC Windows 98
Internet Explorer 5.0x or higher Yes Yes Yes Yes
Netscape Navigator 6.0X or higher Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safari 1.0 or higher Yes
Firefox 1.0 or higher Yes Yes Yes Yes
Form 200 - Proposed Research - Free Form
  • Summary of proposed future research project
  • Plain language
  • 1 page max
  • Include specific wherever possible
  • Objectives, Outline, Methods
  • Procedures, Significance, Anticipated Challenges
  • Do not repeat info from Thesis summary
  • Refer to it!
  • Upload convert document to PDF format online

NSERC Outline of Proposed Research
  • Writing Tips
  • Follow the guidelines and format standards can be
    found in the instructions section.
  • Ensure that you abide by the page limits as
    outlined in the instructions extra pages will be
    removed from your application.
  • Write in plain, clear language your outline
    should be readable by someone with a background
    in the discipline but with no specialized
    knowledge of the particular field of research.
  • You should not repeat the information found in
    the Theses completed or in progress section,
    but may refer to it.
  • Provide a detailed description of your proposed
    research project for the period during which you
    are to hold the award. Be as specific as
  • Provide background information to position your
    proposed research within the context of the
    current knowledge in the field. State the
    objectives and hypothesis, and outline the
    experimental or theoretical approach to be taken
    (citing literature pertinent to the proposal),
    and the methods and procedures to be used.
  • Be sure to state the significance of the proposed
    research to a field or fields in the natural
    sciences and engineering.
  • Include all relevant information in the outline.
    Do not refer members to URLs or other
    publications for supplemental information.
  • If the proposed research is a continuation of
    your thesis, clearly state the differences
    between work done for your thesis and the
    research activities outlined in this proposal.
  • PGS M applicantsIf you have not yet decided on
    a specific project, you must still provide a
    detailed description, as above, of a research
    project that interests you. You are not bound by
    this project. You may change your research
    direction or activities during the course of the
    award. Certain restrictions apply. For more
    information see the Award Holders Guide.

  • Form 200 - Thesis Information
  • For CGS/PGS D, IPS 2 and PDF Only
  • Most recently completed or in progress
  • Plain language
  • No Thesis?
  • Only describe research project or
    research-related work experience that is not on
    the free-form page under Contributions and
    Applicants Statement

Form 200 Contributions and Applicants Statement
(Free Form)
  • Part 1 Articles published, accepted, submitted
  • Part 2 Most significant contributions to RD
  • Part 3 Applicants statement
  • research experience
  • relevant activities
  • special circumstances
  • Page limits PGS M 1 page total
  • PGS D 2 pages total
  • PDF 4 pages total

NSERC Official Transcripts
  • NSERC will accept ONLY current and original
    official transcripts from all post-secondary
    institutions attended by each applicant. The only
  • exceptions to this rule are
  • Where the student is unable to get an original
    from the issuing university because they do not
    produce them. An original letter from the
    university giving the exact dates of the
    students registration in the masters/ doctoral
    program, and the date the degree was completed is
  •  Where the country is in a state of war,
    political upheaval or other types of disorder. In
    these cases, Canadian universities may provide
    photocopies of original transcripts for these
    students. These copies must be signed by Thea
    Hinds, the Scholarship Liaison Officer (SLO).

NSERC Appendix 1 - Report on the Applicant
  • Qualities that should be emphasized in your
    letters of reference include research ability or
    potential, leadership and interpersonal
    abilities, critical thinking, independence,
    perseverance, originality, interest in discovery,
    and organizational skills.
  • Provide your referee with a list of the above
    qualities and some examples of how you have
    demonstrated them.
  • Make submitting the report easy for your referee
    provide them with an addressed, stamped envelope
    and the date by which the document must be

Appendix 1 Report on the Applicant by Referee
( 2 Independent Referee Reports are Required)
  • Person most familiar with applicants abilities
    research, etc. - Usually thesis supervisor
  • Another person familiar with your abilities and
  • Able to provide specific examples
  • Not proposed supervisor unless also past
  • Form must be signed by referee

NSERC Appendix 1 - Report on the Applicant
  • Appendix 1 - Report on the Applicant
  • Each application submitted to NSERC must be
    accompanied by two original Appendix 1s.
  • One report should be from a person very familiar
    with your research and other abilities, e.g.
    current academic research supervisor, industrial
    or USRA supervisor.
  • The second report should be from a person
    sufficiently familiar with your research and
    other abilities.
  • Appendix 1 cannot be completed by a proposed
    supervisor unless that person is, or has been,
    your supervisor.
  • To Do List
  • Provide your reference number (assigned once you
    have completed the on-line application) or a
    photocopy of your completed application to each
    of the reviewers. Provide the reviewers with the
    instructions and the original of Appendix 1 if
    they are not using the on-line system.
  • Allow sufficient time to enable each reviewer to
    complete, print and return the report.
  • All Appendix 1 or reports submitted on letterhead
    must be typed and bear the signature of the
  • If the reviewers submit a report on letterhead
    paper, they must also submit a signed copy of
    Appendix 1

Transcripts / Support Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Must be current and official
  • Indicate that paper copies will be attached
  • Support Letters
  • PDF Only to make exception to stay at PhD
  • Head of the Department
  • Proposed Supervisor

No electronic submission A paper copy must be
Create a form Select the program Or Edit
  • Follow instructions
  • Font size, margins, page limits etc.
  • Clear, concise writing
  • Proofread for spelling, grammar
  • Provide needed documentation
  • Choose respondents with care
  • Be aware of deadlines
  • No On-line application submission!

Common Mistakes
  • Your department may accept applications with
  • common mistakes, but DGS will not
  • Applications that are handwritten
  • Applications that are not signed
  • Applications that are not completed
  • Applications missing one or both Appendix 1s
  • Applications without official transcripts
  • Incorrectly formatted Outline of Proposed
  • Applications exceeding page limits

Common Mistake Not Verifying Your Application
You cannot submit an application that has Not
Completed in the bottom right hand corner.
How to Fix Verifying Your Application
Be sure to use the verify button on the
Portfolio page. This will ensure that all
mandatory fields are completed.
NSERC Getting Started
Click the left hand menus On-line Services to
log on to the electronic application. Click
on Looking for an application form only for
samples. This link has .pdfs of the applications
and instructions.
NSERC Complete the Application
Be sure to read and follow the instructions
given. For example, the Work Experience page
clearly states to list experience Beginning
with the most recent