Eligibility

Canadian students, or students with landed immigrant status, with outstanding academic records and who have demonstrated research promise are encouraged to apply for a Tri-Agency Award. To be eligible at the University of Saskatchewan, you must have achieved a first-class average of 80% or higher in the last two years of study.

Each Tri-Council award is discipline specific and it is important that students apply appropriately. Complete guidelines for selecting the appropriate grant are available here. If you are uncertain which award best suits your program and research plan, consult with your faculty supervisor before applying.

International students are eligible to apply for Tri-Agency awards at the Ph.D. level, specifically the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

Top-up scholarships

All graduate students who have been awarded a Tri-Agency scholarship* and who come to the University of Saskatchewan for a master's or doctoral program, will receive an additional $6,000 annual top-up scholarship from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The annual top-up is awarded for each year the student holds the Tri-Agency award. Many departments also provide a supplementary matching value scholarship. Students should ask their Graduate Chair about this possibility.

*The top-up scholarship is available to holders of the specific Tri-Agency scholarships listed below.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) all award Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS). 

The Vanier CGS was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. Vanier CGS students will receive $50,000 per year, for three years. Students cannot apply directly. The university at which you wish to study must nominate you. Unlike most master's level Tri-Council scholarships, these awards are available to international students.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

For graduate students in the natural sciences and engineering fields at the master’s and the Ph.D. level.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

For graduate students in the humanities and social sciences fields at the master’s and the Ph.D. level. To be eligible, you must be undertaking a graduate program of study in one of the fields that SSHRC supports and that aligns with SSHRC’s mandate.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

For graduate students at the master’s and the Ph.D. level in four themes of health research - biomedical, clinical, health systems services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health. There are additional eligibility requirements for both the Doctoral Research Award and the Master's Award.