2024-25 CIHR Doctoral Competition

Attention graduate students:

The following is a brief overview of the main steps in the CIHR doctoral scholarships electronic application process. 
(Note that CIHR Master's scholarships (CGS M) have a separate application process and deadline).

CIHR funds graduate scholarships in health-related research that encompasses a wide range of disciplines. 

Students are eligible to apply if they are pursuing a research question that falls under the CIHR mandate and have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application.  for full eligibility requirements see:  https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/cgsd-bescd_eng.asp#a4 

The process for students to apply for the CIHR doctoral scholarships is done completely on-line.   Our office will forward electronic copies of complete applications to each department as soon as possible after the student application deadline (October 2, 2023).

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


  1. Student logs in to ResearchNet and completes and submits their application form and other required components.  New users must register on the on-line system before creating an application on-line. Refer to the instructions:  http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/38887.html
  1. Student uploads required documents in PDF format.  
  1. Student selects two sponsors (referees) and provides each sponsor’s contact information as part of the application process.  The sponsors complete their assessment through the ResearchNet system. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the sponsors’ assessments are submitted in time to meet the October 2, 2023 application deadline.
  1. 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, October 2, 2023 so that it is available for review on-line.
  1. The Graduate Studies Office will forward all applications and ranking sheets to departments for review as soon as possible after the application deadline.   Departments are to submit a completed ranking sheet to the Graduate Studies Office by Wednesday, October 18, 2023. 


  • An official copy of the transcript is preferred, however, an unofficial version of your transcript will be accepted.  The Graduate Studies office reserves the right to request an official transcript should verification of grades be required.
  • An up-to-date transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate studies (including the transcript legend) must be scanned and uploaded in PDF format by the student in the "Transcripts Module " of the application.  
  • Students will not have grades for Fall 2023; however, if they are registered for Fall, they are required to upload an official UWindsor transcript showing their registration.  ***If this is not included the application will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.*** 


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

The University of Windsor’s quota of applications that may be forwarded is 4.


Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Indigenous student researchers to the doctoral awards competition beyond their application quota. Self-identified Indigenous student researchers must agree to their personal information being used for this purpose by making the appropriate selection in the application form.


The Government of Canada has deployed additional funds to increase direct support for Black student researchers. CGS D applicants who self-identify as Black and provide consent to be considered for funds targeted towards specific groups may be selected to receive this funding. Each agency has a limited number of additional CGS D awards reserved for this initiative.

You can submit a maximum of one scholarship or fellowship application per academic year to either NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC. Should more than one application be submitted, the eligible application submitted first chronologically will be retained. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program and applications to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program do not count toward this limit (other exceptions may apply to CIHR internships)

You cannot have already received a doctoral-level scholarship from NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC (does not apply to CIHR Fellowships)

Virtual sessions will be offered to assist with completing a scholarship application.  Watch your email as an announcement will be coming soon.

If you have any questions, please contact gradaward@uwindsor.ca.