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:
- The Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Awards (CGSD) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
- The Doctoral Foreign Study Awards (DFSA) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.
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.
- $30,000 per year plus a $5,000 research allowance per year
Timelines and Deadlines
- Application opens: June
- ResearchNet Application Deadline for Western University: September 30 (8:00pm EDT)
- Agency Deadline for Institutions: October 3
- Anticipated Notice of Decisions: April 15
How to Apply:
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:
- Access and review the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder's Guide and comply with the regulations governing use of the award.
- Complete an annual SGPS Progress Report Form
- Submit the form by the deadline specified by SGPS in the annual notification email
- Annual deadlines will vary for each CIHR Scholar depending on the anniversary of the award start date, but will fall in August, December, or April.
- A Progress Report can be submitted no earlier than 60 days prior to the anniversary date.
- Failure to submit Report on time will result in the delay or discontinuation of award payments.
- Progress that is deemed unsatisfactory may result in termination of the award.
- 2017 CIHR Info Sessions for Students (WebEx Meetings)
All information updated July 12, 2017