Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies
View this 2021 webinar for more information on the granting agency award programs and to hear a selection committee member recount their experience.
Federal and provincial research granting agencies offer several scholarship programs to graduate and prospective graduate students seeking to further their training. The goal of these scholarships is to recognize academic excellence, encourage university research, and give recipients an opportunity to acquire workplace and research experience.
Since scholarships are awarded according to the student’s research field, it is important to choose the right agency. Making the wrong choice could result in your application being rejected.
Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in the natural sciences and technology can apply to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT). Humanities students can apply to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). Applications from students in the health sciences should be addressed to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).
Natural Sciences and Technology:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
Social Sciences and Humanities:
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
The role of the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office is to oversee, in conjunction with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the internal selection process for these scholarship competitions. Preselected applications are forwarded to granting agencies for the last step in the selection process.
Applications for granting agencies scholarships must be submitted during fall. For more information on these scholarships, consult the Granting Agency Program Chart.
Table of scholarships from granting agencies
There are video tutorials to help you fill out applications for scholarships from federal granting agencies.
Guide to applying for a scholarship for graduate studies or a postdoctoral fellowship
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has created a guide to scholarship applications for graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships. Inside you’ll find valuable tips for drafting your application and putting it all together.
- The competitive process
- Selection criteria
- Choosing a referee
- Writing a research proposal
- Research potential and experience
Recent PhD graduates looking for a postdoctoral fellowship at Université Laval are invited to visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information on its postdoctoral fellow support policy.
List of the main agencies offering postdoctoral fellowships
To find out about postdoctoral fellowships available in your field, visit granting agency websites or consult our Scholarship Directory.