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 15th.  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, 2020
PhD: September 28, 2020 (submit through the NSERC online portal)
Masters: December 1, 2020
PhD: October 1, 2020 (submit through the online portal)
Masters: December 1, 2020
PhD: October 1, 2020 to the CIHR

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. 25, 2020

Study in Canada Scholarship

Candidates for the scholarship must be admitted to Carleton University. The new final deadline date is April 20. Departments need to let Sylvie Jasen in Carleton International know by April 6th.

  • Eligible students must be citizens of one of the eligible countries. Please consult EduCanada website under “eligibility”. https://www.educanada.ca/scholarships-bourses/can/institutions/study-in-canada-etudes-au-canada.aspx
  • Students who are already enrolled in a program are eligible as long as they have at least one year left in the program and the program is no longer than two years.
  • Student who meet the eligibility requirement and have been admitted should advise their department by April 6th that they wish to be considered for the Study in Canada Scholarship
  •  Programs must be for at least one year and no more than two years to be eligible. Post-Bac and Diploma programs are eligible if they meet this length of study requirement.
  • Candidates must be nominated  by their department and the department must submit the following materials on behalf of the candidate (see details online https://www.educanada.ca/scholarships-bourses/can/institutions/study-in-canada-etudes-au-canada.aspx):
    • a letter of intent (one page)
    • a letter of acceptance
    • an academic study plan.
  • Upon receiving the nominations, Carleton International will ask students to provide the remaining documents:
    • Proof of citizenship
    • CV
    • Budget
    • Signed privacy notice statement

Please contact Sylvie Jasen (sylvie.jasen@carleton.ca) for further information.