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 of 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.

Fore more information on the application process, attend an upcoming workshop, or check out our application guides in the sidebar.

Not able to attend the most recent NSERC Site Visit? Check out the presentation slides and presentation tips.

Timeline of events

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Date Event Details
October 4* Internal Deadline for submission Students must have completed their application and submitted through ResearchNet.
November 1 National Deadline UNB must submit nominated applicants to the CGS Vanier Competition.

NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR Doctoral Awards

Date Event Details
October 4* Submission Deadline Applicants must have submitted their application to the appropriate online portal along with required documents
October 6-16 Departmental Review Departments will be forwarded applications of their students for review and ranking
October 10 - November 7 University Selection Committee Review A committee comprising experience faculty members from a variety of appropriate disciplines will review and rank applications to be forwarded
November 9 - 16* Review and Editing Period Applications selected to be forwarded to the National Competition as part of UNB’s award quota will be returned for students to make suggested edits and work with SGS Deans on their applications
November 17* Final Internal Deadline Students must have submitted their final application to the appropriate online system
November 21 National Deadline Institutions must have submitted their approved applications to the appropriate council


Date Event Details
September 1 Competition Open Students will be able to access the Research Portal and begin their applications.
December 1 Application Deadline Applications must be submitted by the application deadline. No late applications will be accepted.
December 8 - January 17 Departmental Review Applications will be forwarded to the appropriate Departments for review and ranking.
January 19 - February 20* University Selection Committee Review A Committee comprised of experienced faculty members from a variety of disciplines will review, rank and provide comments on applications.
April 1 Results Results will be released nation wide and students will have 21 days to accept their offers should they be offered an award

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Date Event Details
November Call for applications A call for applications will be circulated to students and supervisors
January 22* Application deadline Students and supervisors must have completed and submitted both portions of the application
February University selection committee review A committee will be formed of faculty members belonging to the STEM disciplines to select the award winners
March Results Students will be notified of results, with their applications returned should official transcripts be required.
May - September Summer employment Successful students will work for 16 consecutive weeks during the summer term

*subject to change