September 21st, 2012
Doctoral Research Awards (see page 1)
The Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships CGS – Master’s Awards
(see pages 2 to 4)
Doctoral Research Awards
The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards consist of two programs administered through a single application
in CIHR ResearchNet.
The Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards
(CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a
doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to
students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.
Annual Value: $30,000 plus $5,000 research allowance
Deadline for Application: October 15th, 2012
Application Form:CIHR ResearchNet
Candidates apply to the CIHR Doctoral Awards competition and top-ranked candidates are awarded a
CGS-D or DFSA depending on the proposed location of research. Both awards are of equivalent
All candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement
Important Note: Applicants at Western must complete the mandatory 2-step Signature Process as
detailed in this document. All inquiries should be directed to Katy Pocock in Research and
Development Sevices (RDS).
CGS Master's Awards
The Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) - Master’s Awards are
intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in
a health-related field in Canada. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high
potential for future research achievement and productivity. For this competition, applications will be
accepted in all areas of health research.
Annual Value: $17,500
Deadline for Application: January 11th, 2013
Application Form: CIHR ResearchNet
Important Note: If you are registered at Western during the fall term 2012 (i.e. registered in any
level course, or in any other capacity, for example, part-time, full-time, one course only, course not
related to the master's program, or special student, medical resident, etc.), you must identify yourself
as such in the ResearchNet application.
Eligibility to Apply:
1. The applicant (Nominated Principal Applicant) must be:
o A Trainee
o a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident;
o applying for support to pursue their first graduate degree (i.e., Master's or PhD). All
previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of discipline, either course-based or
research-based, will be included in determining eligibility; and
o at the time of the federal CIHR deadline for application (Feb.1, 2012):
have completed or be in the last year of a Bachelor's degree; or
have been registered for no more than ten months as a full-time student at
the Master's level; and/or
have been registered for no more than ten months as a full-time PhD student
and were admitted to the PhD program directly from the Bachelor's degree;
o not have already held an award from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR or any other federal
source to undertake and/or complete a Master's or PhD degree.
2. If applicable, at least one project participant, other than the Nominated Principal Applicant,
must be a Supervisor.
All studies at the master's level will be considered in the evaluation of eligibility; For example, two
months of part-time or special student status study will be counted as one month of full-time study.
The maximum duration of award funding from all federal sources to undertake graduate studies is four
years, including a maximum one (1) year at the Master's level. The only exception is in the case of a
Health Professional funded through the CIHR Fellowship award program.
How to Apply:
The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Application.
To complete your Application, follow the instructions identified in the Master's Awards -
ResearchNet "Application" Phase Instructions.
An overview of CIHR's application processes can be found under Apply for Funding.
Study the Guide for Reviewers to know how an application will be assessed and the weight
given to each different selection criterion.
Your Application will be submitted using ResearchNet. Scan and upload the signed signature
pages including the routing slip in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet prior
to submitting your application.
New: The required Official Transcripts* (including Undergraduate & Graduate transcripts and
transcripts from the fall session prior to the CIHR deadline) must be provided in the following
o Scan both sides of all the required transcripts as a single .pdf document (not to exceed
30 Mb) and attach it under "Transcripts" in the "Attach Other Application Materials"
*CIHR considers transcripts issued by the Registrar’s Office to the student to be official transcripts.
Opening the envelope to scan the transcript will not render it unofficial for CIHR’s purposes.
Updates to Applications:
CIHR will accept specific updates to applications (notices of acceptance of publications and notices of
any other funding requested or received only) for one month after the federal CIHR deadline date,
until March 1st, 2012.
Instructions Regarding Signature Pages (if you propose to take up your award at Western):
1. Print the Signature pages, found in ResearchNet, needed for the funding opportunity.
2. Pages include Routing Slip plus two signature pages.
3. Obtain supervisor(s) signature(s) on page 2.
4. Drop off all 3 pages at the SGPS main counter in a well-marked envelope with your e-mail
address written clearly on the enevelope. You will be advised by e-mail when to pick them up
5. Scan the signature pages.
6. Upload the signed signature pages to ResearchNet as part of your submission before the
application deadline date.
SGPS will provide the following official signatures for applicants:
Institution Paid Signature: Paula Menzies-Cameron, Manager-Financial Support, SGPS
Research Institution Signature: Dr. Stephen Sims, Associate Vice-Provost, SGPS
Phone: (613) 954-1968