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Summary of changes: 2023–24 program guides for students and fellows

NSERC has revised the program guides for students and fellows. A summary of the most significant changes appears below.

This summary is meant only to help you focus on the main changes. Read the program descriptions and the appropriate instructions that are relevant to you in full to review all the changes.

Undergraduate programs
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) New – Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Black student researchers for USRAs beyond their allocation of awards.
Revision: January 2023
Postgraduate programs
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) New – The Government of Canada has deployed additional funds to increase direct support for Black student researchers. CGS D applicants who self-identify as Black and provide consent in their application to be considered for funds designated for specific groups may be eligible to receive an award as part of this initiative.
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) New – If you are applying through an eligible Canadian institution, you must confirm directly with your institution their policy on official transcripts and whether or not unofficial transcripts will be accepted as part of their internal review process. For the NSERC review process, applications submitted with unofficial transcripts will not be rejected.
Revision: July 2023
Postdoctoral programs
Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) New – The Government of Canada has deployed additional funds to increase direct support for Black student researchers. PDF applicants who self-identify as Black and provide consent in their application to be considered for funds designated for specific groups may be eligible to receive an award as part of this initiative.
Revision: July 2023
Tri-agency research training award holder’s guide
Tri-agency research training award holder's guide New – Two new provisions have been made for both deferment of start date and unpaid interruptions: administrative reasons and force majeure.
Revision: March 2023
Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon awards
As of March 21, 2023, this funding opportunity is no longer accepting applications.