Tri-Council graduate funding

Generous scholarships are provided to graduate students from Canada's three major granting agencies: the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Students are strongly encouraged to apply for funding from one of these councils whose research mandate is most closely aligned with their own graduate programs.

UNB students applying for a Tri-Council scholarship have access to application guides and workshops providing tips on the application process, procedures and guidelines. To further support student applications to the Tri-Council agencies, the School of Graduate Studies has developed a handy Tri-Council Application Guide to help students navigate the application process, and also provides coaching, review and editing services for students as they develop their applicatiions. 

Fore more information on the application process, attend an upcoming workshop, check out our tips for applying and review our Tri-Council Application Guide.

Applying for CIHR funding? Check out some information for students.


Leading up to the scholarship application season, workshops are available both in person and online, hosted by the School of Graduate Studies.

Upcoming application deadlines

October 14 (Suggested departmental deadline) - SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarships - SSHRC Doctoral Awards, valued at up to $35,000 per year for 3 years, are available to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. The application process involves completing an SSHRC On-Line System application and submitting all required documents by your Departments internal deadline.

The timeline (tentative and subject to change) for the UNB SSHRC Doctoral application process is as follows:

  • Oct. 14, 2017 - Departmental Deadline (Suggested internal deadline - larger departments my require more time)
  • Nov. 6, 2017 - Departments required to forward ranked applications to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Dec. 5, 2017 - Applications selected to be forwarded will be announced
  • Dec. 20, 2017 - Applications to be forwarded to the National competition will be returned to students with suggested edits.
  • Jan 5, 2018 - Revised and FINAL copies of applications must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Jan 9, 2018 - Original copies of applications must be submitted to SSHRC.

** Late applications for any deadline will not be accepted **

Wern't able to attend the application workshop? Check out the slides from the presentation.

December 01 - NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR CGS-Masters Graduate Scholarships - Valued at $17,500 and accompanied by a $10,000 top-up scholarship from the University of New Brunswick, the CGS-M scholarships are available to domestic students currently enrolled or to be enrolled next year in a masters program at a Canadian University.

Students may select up to 5 institutions who they would like to submit their application to, which where the application will be subject to the institutions internal review process.

Details on applying can be found in our application guide or at one of our CGS-Masters scholarship workshops.

January 26 - NSERC 2018 Summer Undergraduate Student Research Awards - Undergraduate students looking to grow their interest or fully develop their research potential are able to apply for a winter term work experience researching along side a faculty member on projects currently underway around our campus.

Successful applicants will be earning a bi-weekly salary, while gaining valuable experience in research and exploring the life of early career researchers.

For more information, see the NSERC USRA program, find a faculty member to work with, and apply now!