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Scholarships – long description

McMaster internal ResearchNet deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 11:59 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 October 1, 2109 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 Sunday, September 29, 2019. New this year – applicants can set their own earlier deadline if they wish.

Final Submission Date

McMaster will put forward the top 40 candidates to CIHR through the online system by November 21, 2019. We will advise all applicants of McMaster’s internal competition results.

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