CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral

McMaster internal ResearchNet deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Applications are prepared and submitted by students in ResearchNet by the internal deadline set by McMaster.  You will not be able to submit your application to ResearchNet until all the required tasks are completed, including the letters from your sponsors. 

 We encourage you to work closely with your supervisor and department on your application.  The application you submit to ResearchNet on September 21, 2018 will be the final version that will be sent to CIHR if approved by McMaster.

Sponsor Assessments

It is important to note that it is the applicant's sole responsibility to follow up with his/her sponsors to ensure the assessments are submitted online by the sponsors no later than Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Internal Document Submission
Graduate Studies Approval Form-(This form replaces the HRS Checklist)

The applicant is required to complete and submit the Graduate Studies Approval Form to anytime on Friday, September 21, 2018.  

You will find the Approval Form as a PDF attachment to this same e-mail.

Final Submission Date

McMaster will review the Graduate Studies Approval Form and submit approved applications to CIHR on behalf of the applicants by the ResearchNet competition deadline of Tuesday, October 2, 2018   

Students must complete their CIHR Doctoral Research Award application on ResearchNet.

For complete instructions, please visit CIHR's website.


The CIHR Doctoral Research Award consists of two programs administered through a single application:

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D): Provides special recognition and support to students pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.  Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients may be considered for the honour of having their scholarship named a “Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela”. To be considered for this honour, you must complete the Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela Identification Form.
  • Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA): Provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.
  • Trainee stipend:  $30,000 per annum
  • Research allowance:  $5,000 per annum
Funding Opportunities in Specific Research Areas

The CGS-D and the DFSA programs will fund applications in any area of health research. Additional funds are available, in specific research areas, to support Doctoral Research Award applications that are not funded through either the CGS-D or the DFSA.

Doctoral Research Award: Fall 2018 Priority Announcement (Specific Research Areas There is an internal McMaster deadline of Friday, September 21, 2018, 12 p.m. for the student to submit the application on ResearchNet. 

CIHR Webinar

CIHR will once again be offering interactive information sessions to students and university staff about CIHR award programs, including relevant policies, tips for applicants and guidelines on how to submit an application. The sessions will allow participants to be connected and discussions will be supported with a view of a PowerPoint presentation.  

September 11, 2018-11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. English

September 12, 2018-11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. French

If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions, please access CIHR’s website to register for the session in the language of your choice. 

CIHR Doctoral Webinars