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study in canada The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) –Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) –Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Value $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
Application deadline December 1
Application procedures See below
How to apply To view instructions and other resources, select Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program Resources.

To create or access an application, select Research Portal.

To create a Canadian Common CV, select Canadian Common CV.


study in canada The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

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The CGS M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada (refer to Eligibility). This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

The CGS M Program supports up to 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the institution at which they intend to hold their award using the Research Portal.


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study in canada To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission* to an eligiblegraduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation;
  • respect the internal deadline to apply for admission for your intended program of study. Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the selected Canadian institution(s) for more detailed information;
  • have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application:
    • between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in the program for which you are requesting funding, which may be:
      • a master’s program;
      • a doctoral program that you are entering without having ever been enrolled in a master’s program (i.e., direct-entry);
      • a combined master’s-doctoral program;
      • a master’s program that will transition to an eligible doctoral program, either before or after award activation, with no master’s degree conferred (i.e., fast-track); or
      • a master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before the end of the award, allowing the award to continue into an eligible doctoral program; or
    • between four and 12 months of full-time study (or full-time equivalent) in a master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before activation of the award, allowing it to be activated during the subsequent doctoral program for which you are requesting funding (CIHR and NSERC only);
  • not have previously held a CGS M. For CIHR and NSERC, scholarship support for graduate studies (master’s and doctoral) is limited to a lifetime maximum of four years (48 months) of full-time equivalency. If you have received the maximum support toward your graduate-level studies by any of the three federal granting agencies, you may not be eligible to apply for a CGS M;
  • have achieved a first-class average**, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent);
  • submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (the Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to three institutions – refer to Application procedures).

*Refer to the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide for details regarding part-time admission.
**Institutions may, at their discretion, offer a CGS M award to applicants who have not obtained a first-class average.

Program of study eligibility

study in canada An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program.

  • Joint programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/MA, JD/PhD, MBA/PhD, MA/MBA) are eligible if they have a significant research component, as described above.
  • Clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant research component, as described above.
  • Master’s programs that are based only on course work are typically not eligible since they do not include a significant research component.

study in canada Given the specific requirements of certain disciplines, institutions are invited to contact the appropriate agency for guidance on the eligibility of programs of study.


study in canada Without exception, CGS M awards are tenable only at eligible Canadian institutions.

Field of research/subject matter eligibility

CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC support and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas, which are divided into broad fields of research (health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities). This includes research that bridges two or more disciplines or that requires the skills of several disciplines.

Applicants must ensure that they are submitting their application to an institution that has an allocation for the field of research they intend to pursue. Applications deemed by a host institution to have been labeled incorrectly will be re-labeled according to the agency’s research subject matter guidelines (refer to This link will take you to another Web site Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency). Applicants should contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution where they intend to hold the award for further guidance on subject matter eligibility.

Application procedures

To apply to the CGS M Program, applicants must complete and submit an application using the Research Portal. Applicants should consult the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program – Instructions for completing an application.

The Research Portal will instruct applicants to select up to three institutions where they intend to hold the award. Applicants must only select institutions where:

  • they are currently admitted or enrolled full-time in an eligible program of study and intend to pursue their studies; or
  • they will apply for full-time admission to an eligible program of study by the internal deadline set by the institution(s).

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Note: For some institutions, the selection process is carried out at the departmental level; therefore, it is important that the department you select in your application be the same as the department to which you will apply for admission. Otherwise, your application might not be considered. Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the selected Canadian institution(s) for more detailed information.

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Eligible Canadian institutions are assigned a separate allocation of awards to offer from each agency. Institutions must respect the agency-specific allocation. Refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocations page for a list of allocations by institution and by agency.

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  • Application deadline: December 1, before 8:00 p.m. (ET). Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline using the Research Portal. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).
    • As the application deadline approaches, delays may occur due to a high volume of users on the Research Portal, which may prevent the timely submission of your application. Requests to submit late applications will not be accepted.
  • Results deadline: Competition results will be available in the Research Portal as of April 1.

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Selection process

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at each institution is responsible for coordinating the selection process for the CGS M applications. Refer to Information and instructions for scholarships liaison officers for managing the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program for more information on the selection process.

Selection criteria

The merit review of CGS M applications will be carried out by institutions with an allocation and will be based on the following evaluation criteria:

Criteria Description Weight
Academic excellence As demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards and distinctions.

Indicators of academic excellence:

  • Academic record
  • Scholarships and awards held
  • Duration of previous studies
  • Type of program and courses pursued
  • Course load
  • Relative standing (if available)
Research potential As demonstrated by the applicant’s research history, their interest in discovery, the proposed research, its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes.

Indicators of research potential:

  • Quality and originality of contributions to research and development
  • Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research
  • Significance, feasibility and merit of proposed research
  • Judgment and ability to think critically
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge
  • Initiative and autonomy
  • Research experience and achievements relative to expectations of someone with the candidate’s academic experience
Personal characteristics and interpersonal skills As demonstrated by the applicant’s past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations.

Indicators of personal characteristics and interpersonal skills:

  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Project management including organizing conferences and meetings
  • The ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical and/or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats
  • Involvement in academic life
  • Volunteerism/community outreach


Notification of results

Offers of awards will be available in the Research Portal as of April 1. Applicants who have not received a notification of status update by April 2 should contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution(s) to which they have applied for funding. Applicants will have 21 days to accept or decline the offers. Should some offers be declined, institutions may make subsequent offers until they have no awards remaining. Subsequent offers must be made no later than January 31, 11:59 p.m. (ET) of the following calendar year. If this date falls on a weekend, then offers must be made by the following business day before 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Applications may be deemed Ineligible as early as the day following the application deadline. This change in status will generate an automated email notification to the applicant informing them of this update.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to regularly verify the Research Portal between April 1 and January 31 for results of the competition.

Offers of awards must be accepted or declined using the Research Portal within 21 days of the date of the award offer. Offers not accepted within that period of time will automatically be set to Declined in the Research Portal, and the offer will be cancelled. This change in status may only be reversed with the endorsement of the host institution and only if they have an allocation remaining.

Applicants may accept only one CGS M offer. Once the offer has been accepted, the system will automatically set all other offers and Alternate statuses to Declined, and applicants will not be eligible to receive further offers.

Conditions of the award

Location of tenure

Awards must be held at the institution where the offer of award originates. Awards are not intended to be portable; however, at the discretion of the host institution and with agency approval, exceptions may be made in certain circumstances (e.g., parental reasons, medical reasons or family-related responsibilities).

Policies and Guidelines

Applicants and award holders must comply with the policies and guidelines set out in the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide and in any other documents related to scholarship applications and awards. In addition, the award is subject to final approval by the relevant agency before funds can be released.

The agencies reserve the right to interpret and enforce the policies and guidelines for their funding opportunities set out in their published materials.

Use and disclosure of information

All personal information collected as part of this program is used by the agencies and by the relevant officials in the eligible research institutions to review applications and to administer and monitor awards. It may also be used to determine the most appropriate funding jurisdiction, or to monitor overlap in federal support. Details on the use and disclosure of this information by the agencies are described by CIHR in This link will take you to another Web site Info Source – Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information, by NSERC in the Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to NSERC, by SSHRC in the This link will take you to another Web site Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information, and in the relevant program literature.

Each agency may publish the names and other limited award information of award holders on their websites in accordance with the agencies’ policies on disclosure under the Access to Information Act and their Privacy Act policies and guidelines related to the collection, use, retention and disposal of personal information. For more information, consult the This link will take you to another Web site Access to Information Act, and the This link will take you to another Web site Privacy Act. In addition, for SSHRC funded scholarships, SSHRC will provide to the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Société et culture (FRQSC) the same information as the one above in advance of the public announcement of awards, for its administrative purposes and in accordance with the memorandum of understanding between SSHRC and FRQSC.

Official languages

Applicants may submit their application in the official language of their choice. Institutions must have mechanisms in place to review both English and French applications.

Related opportunities

CGS M holders may be eligible for a:

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement;
  • This link will take you to another Web site Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela:

    Some CGS recipients may be considered for the distinction of having their scholarship named a Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela should CIHR and SSHRC deem their application to be aligned with at least one of five themes championed by Nelson Mandela: national unity; democracy; freedom and human rights; leadership; children’s participation in society; and/or children’s health.

For more information

The first point of contact regarding the CGS M Program is the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution(s) where you intend to hold the award.

You can also contact any of Canada’s three federal granting agencies for information about this program. You should communicate with the agency whose mandate corresponds to your field of research.

The agencies aim to respond to inquiries within 48 hours. During peak periods (November to January), response time may be delayed.




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