Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS-M)
- CIHR – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
- NSERC – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
- SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are designing and implementing a new model of delivery for a harmonized Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Master’s Award. This means: a single tri-council application portal; harmonized application forms; common policies and program regulations.
Universities will receive allocations by council and will conduct the selection process and offer awards. Students submit their application through the tri-council portal and identify up to five institutions where they would like their application to be considered. The CGS-M will not be portable.
The CGS Master’s Program aims 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. The program provides financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible Master’s programs in Canada. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.
Transcripts for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions
Canada’s three granting agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – acknowledge that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may hinder the ability of some institutions to provide applicants with official and up-to-date transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions which do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. Therefore, for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions, the agencies will accept unofficial transcripts if official transcripts cannot be obtained.
Applicants should contact their faculty of graduate studies to determine whether an official transcript can be provided. Submission of an application will continue to serve as a formal attestation that the applicant has provided true, complete, and accurate information in the application and its related documents.
$17,500. The award is tenable for a maximum of one year and is non-renewable.
Eligible students are required to submit their application via the Research Portal by December 1st, before 8:00 p.m. (ET). Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline using the Research Portal, external link. 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.
The application portal will be available early September.
Results and offers will not be released until the week of April 1st.
To determine one’s eligibility for a CGS-M Award, as well as how nominees are evaluated, applicants and adjudicators must review the official eligibility and selection criteria on the official Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program website, external link. Students require a first-class average - an A- or equivalent.
Note: Information and dates may be updated depending on further information provided by the tri-council agencies.