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Summary of changes – 2020–21 Program guide for students and fellows

NSERC has revised the Program guide for students and fellows. A summary of the most significant changes appears below.

This summary is meant only to help you focus on the main changes. Read the scholarship and fellowship descriptions that are relevant to you, and the appropriate instructions to review all the changes.

Undergraduate programs
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors

Revision:
July 8, 2019
New — previously Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (AANSE)

Program description and eligibility criteria have been updated.
Postgraduate programs
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program

Revision:
July 15, 2020

 

New — Diversity consideration in Research design module in the online system

New — Optional Special circumstances module in the online system

Refer to the Instructions for completing an application – Form 201 for information.

New — Scholarships and fellowships selection committee for earth sciences (168) is now Scholarships and fellowships selection committee for geosciences (168).
NSERC Foreign Study Supplement in Taiwan This program is discontinued.
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors

Revision:  
July 8, 2019
New — previously Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (AANSE)
Program description and eligibility criteria have been updated.
Postdoctoral programs
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors

Revision:
July 8, 2019
New — previously Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (AANSE)
Program description and eligibility criteria have been updated.
Postdoctoral Fellowships program

Revision:
July 15, 2020
New — Diversity consideration in Research design module in the online system

New — Removal of the one-time application limit from eligibility criteria

New
— Optional Special circumstances module in the online system

Refer to Instructions for completing an application – Form 201 for information.

New
— Scholarships and fellowships selection committee for earth sciences (168) is now Scholarships and fellowships selection committee for geosciences (168).
Tri-agency research training award holder’s guide
Tri-agency research training award holder’s guide

Revision:
March 11, 2020

 

 

Revision:
November 21, 2019
New — A new provision has been added for deferment of start date for relevant work experience.

New — A new provision has been added for unpaid interruptions for relocation, visa application and/or academic calendar differences.

Following the recent extension of the duration of paid parental leave from six to 12 months, the agencies have further reviewed the eligibility requirements of the policy and will now extend them to include individuals who were on an unpaid parental leave of six months or less as of April 1, 2019.