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Useful Tips for Tri-Council Grants

Thesis Related Costs

Costs associated with thesis preparation, examination and defense are not considered eligible costs by the Tri-Council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR).

Ineligible thesis costs may include:

  • Education related costs related to thesis preparation, including tuition or course fees leading up to a degree.
  • Costs associated with thesis examination/defense, including external examiner costs.

The Tri-Council agencies do consider certain types of financial support provided by a grant holder to a trainee, to support them while they are working on their research thesis and/or gaining research experience, as eligible costs.

If you are unclear about the eligibility of an expense, you may contact Research Accounting at or you may contact the Tri-Council agencies directly at:

Jonathan Cyr, Awards Administration