Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards (DFSA/CGSD)

The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Program funds applications in any area of health research. Two streams of scholarships are administered through a single application:

Students apply to the CIHR Doctoral Awards program and top-ranked applicants are awarded a CGSD or DFSA depending on the proposed location where the doctoral degree will be pursued and granted. Both awards are of equivalent value. Additional funds are available in specific research areas to support Doctoral Research Award applications that are funded outside of the CGSD or DFSA program. The annual Priority Announcement identifies the specific research areas for applications.


Timelines and Deadlines


How to Apply:

Institutional Signatures: 

Western uses the Electronic Approval Tool in ResearchNet to submit applications to CIHR. Applicants at Western no longer need to provide ink signatures on Page 3 of the Signature Pages section. It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to obtain any other required ink signatures prior to submitting the application by September 30, or institutional approval cannot be granted and the application will not be submitted to the agency.


Terms and Conditions for Holding the Award

NEW! The Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) have harmonized their post-award policies (where possible) for research training programs and have incorporated these policies into a harmonized Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder's Guide. These policies are effective as of September 1, 2016 and the Guide is available on NSERC's website. The Guide applies to Tri-agency directly-funded training award holders. It contains all the forms that training award holders and the University need to facilitate post-award activities allowed by the Tri-Agencies. 

It is the responsibility of the research training award holder to:



All information updated July 12, 2017