NSERC scholarship information

Tri-Council Scholarships 2020–2021

  • The application by electronic submission and on line transcript request due for PGS/CGS Doctoral no later than Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ES for transcript requests and Thursday October 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ES for application submission.
  • The application by electronic submission and on line transcript request due for CGS M no later than Friday, November 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ES for transcript requests and Sunday, December 1, 2019  at 8:00 p.m. ES  for application submission.

Note:  Unlike in the past, NSERC applications are now done entirely online and emailed to Graduate Studies and Post Doctoral Affairs (GSPA) as per their instructions. They do not arrive in our office until received by GSPA. Reference letters are also completed on-line and submitted electronically. Please take the time to complete your application as perfectly as possible as there will be far fewer avenues to make corrections or find errors. Step-by-step guidelines as well as valuable pointers are provided through the links below. A sample application which should assist you is located on the first link.

NSERC postgraduate - Canada Graduate Scholarship/Post-Graduate Scholarships Masters (CGS/PGS M), Canada Graduate Scholarship/Post-Graduate Scholarship Doctors (CGS/PGS D)
- Minimum average required is 80% average on each of the last two years
- Canadian citizens or landed immigrants

Application instructions,timelines, guidelines and forms available on-line only at the GSPA website (see link below), and remember that you must login (or register if a first-time user) and select the Form 201 from the drop down menu. Read and follow all instructions carefully!

Pay close attention to the timeline at GSPA for scholarship request and online application submission for the doctoral application. If your transcript request or application is late your application will be denied. Pay close attention to the Harmonized Tri-Council CGSM deadlines for 2019.

Important instructions on transcripts requests for scholarship competitions can also be found at the GSPA website.

You are responsible for ordering all official undergraduate and graduate  scholarships not originating from University of Waterloo.

Faculty members 
If you are asked to provide a reference for an NSERC application they must now be completed online only. The student will supply you with any necessary  information.

Updated on September 2019