External Awards

In addition to our admissions funding, you should consider applying for an external award to help finance your graduate studies. These awards are provided by an organization, agency or council outside of Carleton and require a separate application — often one full year before the award begins.

Maximum Hours of Work for External Award Holders

Carleton University students who hold an external award are permitted to work a maximum of 520 hours during their award period.  If you begin your award:

  • in the summer term, your 520 hours are from May 1-April 30.
  • in the fall term, September 1 – August 31.
  • in the winter term, January 1 – December 31.
  • If you hold a multi-year award, your hours will begin at the beginning of a new award cycle.

Please note: You should read all information you receive from the Tri-Council about these awards very carefully as there are strict deadline dates by which you have to respond if you are planning on accepting.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Value $5,000 per term
Duration 2 or 3 consecutive terms
Eligibility Students pursuing graduate studies at the master’s or doctoral level. See full criteria on the OGS website.
Deadline We have changed the OGS deadline to November 18th.  The referee deadline will remain the same, December 1st.

OGS Application Tips

Please note: The OGS Application process varies at different Universities. For complete information regarding OGS at Carleton, please visit our OGS website.

Tri-Council Funding

Master’s Students

Master’s students submit a common application form for all three Tri-Council awards. The Tri-Council will then decide whether you fit under NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR. For more information, go to the Tri-Agency website.

PhD Students 

Please note that you must choose one of the options below. If you are uncertain about whether to send your application to SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR, please visit the Government of Canada Science website.  If you would like a ruling from NSERC, please email scholfin@nserc-crsng.gc.ca. If you would like a ruling from SSHRC, you can email scholfin@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

If you are a PhD student applying for an NSERC award, please click here for more information about your registration status at time of application, eligibility requirements and maximum duration of scholarship support.

If you are a PhD student applying for a SSHRC award, please click here for more information about your status, support at different stages of your degree, and the competition process.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Value  $17,500 to $35,000 per year $17,500 to $35,000 per year $17,500 to $35,000
Duration   1-3 years 1-4 years
Eligibility  A degree in science or engineering
Available only to programs of study that include significant research training An exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity
Deadline  Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: September 27, 2019 (submit through the NSERC online portal)
Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: October 1, 2019 (submit through the online portal)
Masters: December 1, 2019
PhD: October 1, 2019 to the CIHR

Ontario Trillium Scholarship

International PhD Students Only. View more information

Value $40,000 per year
Duration Renewable for 4 years
Eligibility You must be an international student on the first day of classes. Ontario Trillium Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified international students. Successful candidates will be notified
. This award is currently under review and not available at this time.

Vanier Scholarship

PhD Students Only. View more information

Value $50,000 per year
Duration 3 years
Eligibility Full-time PhD students who are recommended by their department. Normally, candidates must be coming to Carleton from elsewhere in Canada or internationally.
Deadline Students who have been nominated by their department will be informed as to how to complete the Vanier application. Departments must submit to Leslie Main in FGPA by Sept. 27, 2019.