NSERC Scholarships

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NSERC Scholarships

The Research Council of Canada for Natural Sciences and Innovation supports visionaries, adventurers and innovators looking for scientific and technological breakthroughs that will help our country. They partner with universities, schools, corporations and non-profit organisations to eliminate hurdles, create opportunities and recruit new talent to make the science culture of Canada grow. Therefore, they offer the NSERC Scholarships. It offers three kinds of programmes, i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral. Read this blog to know all about NSERC Scholarships.

Also Read:Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Undergraduate Programme

The undergraduate programme for the NSERC Scholarships comprises the following – 

  1. NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors
  2. NSERC Student Ambassadors
  3. Ingenium-NSERC Steam Horizon Awards
  4. Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Postgraduate Programme

The NSERC Scholarships also have a provision for a post graduate programme. The various programmes within it are mentioned below- 

  1. Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral programme
  2. Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s programme
  3. Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements programme
  4. NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors
  5. NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral programme
  6. NSERC Student Ambassadors
  7. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships programme

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Postdoctoral Programme 

The NSERC Scholarships are also awarded to candidates applying studying in the post doctoral programmes. They are mentioned below- 

  1. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program
  2. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships
  3. NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors
  4. NSERC Student Ambassadors
  5. Postdoctoral Fellowships program

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NSERC Scholarships: Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the NSERC scholarships you have to meet the eligibility criteria so that your application is considered for the same. The eligibility criteria is mentioned below- 

  1. You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada as of the registration date to be considered for funding for the bulk of the NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships programmes (except for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships). Before and while it provides support, NSERC may ask for evidence of citizenship or residency status.
  2. You must not be considered ineligible to apply for and retain grants from NSERC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) or any other research funding body in Canada for reasons of violation of ethics or honesty requirements (including financial or scientific misconduct).
  3. For NSERC, you must have accounts in good faith, like having charged and/or returning all money owing to NSERC. It shall be at the sole and absolute discretion of NSERC to decide whether or not an account is in good standing.
  4. NSERC uses the degree completion date to determine the candidates’ eligibility. This is the date on which all the degree requirements have been completed, including the satisfactory defense and presentation of the corrected copy of your thesis (in compliance with the regulations of your institution). That is not the day of the concession or convocation.

NSERC Scholarships: Application Process

To apply for the NSERC Scholarships you have to follow the steps mentioned below – 

  1. To summarise the method of qualifying for an award, NSERC has prepared instructional videos. These just have an outline. Read the relevant sections in the individual outlines for undergraduate, postgraduate or post doctoral programmes for more detailed information. 
  2. The basic guidelines for the software to which you submit should also be read by you.
  3. There are a variety of deadlines to bear in mind when you apply for funding from NSERC, based on the sort of award you are receiving.
  4. If the deadline is a weekend or a federal holiday, your submission must enter NSERC by the next working day.
  5.  There are also internal deadlines for certain universities; contact the scholarship liaison office for those deadlines. There will be no approval of late applicants.

Important Dates

We have collected together the important dates to be kept in mind by candidates who wish to apply for the NSERC scholarships. 

  1. It is the applicant’s obligation to ensure that all applications, including transcripts and all attached files, are complete and comply with all the NSERC requirements and that the document is submitted before the deadline.
  2. Applications will be checked and ranked by the proposed or actual academic department/school of the candidate and sent to the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Office (OGPS). The Awards Committee of the OGPS shall review the applications and pick those to be submitted to the national competition. For submissions that may be forwarded each year the university is granted a quota.
  3. Applicants will be told if their submission has been accepted or not and will be sent to the national competition by the end of November.


What are the requirements to get a scholarship in Canada?

Must be registered full-time for an eligible bachelor, master’s, or doctoral level program at a Canadian institution. Some students are eligible for university scholarships, external scholarships, and third-party scholarships.

Is it easy to get a scholarship in Canada?

Studying in Canada is highly competitive and scholarships are also hard to get. Students must have a strong profile, SOP, LOR, and extracurriculars.

What are the best scholarships in Canada?

Here are some popular scholarships in Canada for Indian students:

York University International Student Scholarships, University of Calgary International Entrance Scholarship, University of British Columbia Scholarships for International Students, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships 

President Scholarship

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Other Masters Programs, Jared J Davis Grant, Hani Zeini Scholarships,  Ritchie- Jennings Memorial Scholarship, Erasmus Scholarship, QS Undergraduate Scholarship

Thus, we hope that this blog familiarized you with the essentials of NSERC Scholarships. We hope we have answered and cleared all your doubts regarding the same. For any assistance in applying for the NSERC scholarships or any admission procedure, get in touch with our experts at Leverage Edu. Call us immediately at 1800 57 2000 for a free 30-minute counselling session.

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