Tri-Council Fellowships

The major external granting agencies for Canadian graduate students are within the Tri-Council group – the Natural Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). At the doctoral level, the agencies offer multi-year fellowships of varying amounts of support.


NSERC doctoral fellowships provide support to the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government, and universities. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students who are interested in the program to apply. Visit the NSERC website for more information.


SSHRC provides financial support for post secondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities for students pursuing doctoral studies in social sciences or humanities. SSHRC funding opportunities are available through the Talent Program. SSHRC Doctoral Award applications are first reviewed and ranked by the department’s graduate program. The graduate program forwards a limited number of its top-ranked applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applications. Visit the SSHRC website for more information.


CIHR is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research and provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research:

  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health

Visit the CIHR website for more information.