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 sponsored by the Government of Saskatchewan. 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.


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. Evidence of research promise would be:

  • At the Master’s level, authorship or co-authorship of a refereed journal publication or a conference presentation/publication.
  • At the Doctoral level, authorship or co-authorship of 2 journal publications or 3 conference presentations/publications.

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. or post-doctoral level, specifically the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.


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. NSERC Scholarships include:

  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • NSERC Undergraduate Research Awards
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

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 for 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 Masters Award.

Ph.D. Students

All of the above three agencies award the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. 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.

Post-doctoral candidates

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded by all three of Canada’s research granting agencies – NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR. These prestigious awards are designed to recruit top-tier postdoctoral researchers. The two-year fellowships are worth $70,000 per year, are open to recent graduates with a completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree. Applications must be done in close collaboration with the university.