NSERC Doctoral scholarship competition 2020-21: information and instructions

NSERC funds graduate scholarships in the natural sciences and engineering, including some areas of kinesiology and psychology.

The following is a brief overview of the main steps in the NSERC doctoral scholarship electronic application process.

Note that NSERC Master's scholarships (CGS M) have a separate application process and deadline (December 1, 2019).

The process for students to apply for the NSERC doctoral scholarships has not changed from last year, but instead of students printing off a paper copy of their application and submitting it to their department, our office will forward electronic copies of complete applications to each department as soon as possible after the student application deadline (September 16, 2019).

Access the NSERC on-line application form at:  http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSD-BESCD_eng.asp

Application Steps:

1. Student logs in to NSERC's on-line system and completes Form 201. New users must register before creating an application on-line.

2.  Student's official transcripts are uploaded by the department (normally the graduate secretary).

3. Students select two referees and provides each referee's contact information as part of the application process. The referees complete the forms through NSERC's on-line system.

IMPORTANT:  it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the references are submitted in time to meet the September 16, 2019 application deadline.

4. Once all of the required documentation has been supplied as part of the on-line application students "submit" their application electronically by the deadline of Monday, September 16, 2019 so that it is available for review on-line.

5. The Graduate Studies office will forward all completed applications to departments as soon as possible after this deadline for review by the department.

6. Departments submit a completed ranking sheet to the Graduate Studies Office by noon on Friday, October 4, 2019.

Uploading Transcripts

Official and up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies (including the transcript legend) must be scanned and uploaded in pdf format in the "Transcripts - University" page of each student's application.  

Students will not have grades yet for Fall 2019 but are still required to upload an official UWindsor transcript showing their registration for Fall 2019, if applicable.

Note that students will not be able to upload their transcripts themselves so the following process should be followed:
1. Each department should nominate one person in the department (e.g., the graduate secretary) who will be responsible for collecting, scanning, and uploading students' transcripts. 
2. The department must inform each applicant of the first and last name as well as the e-mail address of the departmental designate. 
3. The applicants will then enter the designate’ s information on the University Transcripts page of their application. Upon saving, an e-mail will be generated by the system and sent to the designate. Once the transcripts are uploaded by the departmental designate, they will be attached to the application.

Reference Letters

It is important the referees follow the instructions when completing the NSERC reference.  All students sent forward for an NSERC scholarship are excellent and the reference letter may make the difference between a student being selected, or not selected. 

Ranking Criteria

Review the selection criteria and weights against which applications will be assessed.  Note that these are different this year.

The University of Windsor’s quota of applications that may be forwarded is expected to be released shortly by NSERC.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Studies office at gradaward@uwindsor.ca.