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Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements for Current CGS Holders - SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR

The CGS-MSFSS Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at recognized universities abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGSMSFSS recipients contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada.

Funding supplements are available to active CGS master’s, CGS doctoral or eligible Vanier CGS holders to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period.

Up to $6,000. Supplements are non-renewable. The defined research study period abroad to be covered by the supplement must be for a minimum of two months to a maximum of six months.

Applications deadlines are usually in late September, late January and late May each year. More information will be posted nearer to the relevant application date.

Applications are to be submitted to the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline;
  • Be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at time of application;
  • Undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date;
  • Not hold or have held any other foreign study supplements during the course of your graduate studies; and
  • have accepted or hold one of the following:
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS (CIHR);
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Alexander Graham Bell CGS (NSERC);
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS (SSHRC); or
    • a Vanier CGS.

Recipient profiles

Our Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement holders share how the award has helped them pursue their research abroad.

Richard Zeifman


"I am grateful to have been awarded the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement. This award will allow me to spend the summer conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris at Imperial College London. 

"Dr. Carhart-Harris is an expert in psychedelic drugs and is conducting a randomized controlled trial comparing psilocybin (a psychedelic drug) and escitalopram (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor; SSRI) as interventions for major depressive disorder.

"During my time in London, I will be contributing toward this trial and exploring the impact of psychedelics on suicidality. 
This opportunity will allow me to explore psychedelics as a potentially novel intervention for suicidality, as well as collaborate and establish important relationships with research and clinicians at Imperial College London."

Richard Zeifman, Psychology PhD student

Eli Vandersluis


"My research focuses on improving the thermal conductivity of cast aluminum automotive components, with efforts towards enhancing engine efficiency and promoting environmental sustainability. With support from the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, I will be able to spend summer 2019 enriching my work at Technion in Israel, a world-renowned expert in the advanced characterization of materials.

"While there, I will have the opportunity to expand my knowledge of materials analysis techniques and make use of their state-of-the-art, high-resolution apparatus. The data generated during my studies abroad will complement and strengthen my findings as well as add much depth to my research scope.

"I look forward to this valuable international experience, and I am excited to perform significant and stimulating work that will support my project objectives."

Eli Vandersluis, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD student

Tamara Meixner


"Being awarded a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement will allow me to spend summer 2018 at Yale University conducting research alongside Dr. Nancy Suchman and her team. In the United States, Dr. Suchman is a leader in the development and evaluation of attachment-based parenting interventions for mothers with substance use and psychiatric disorders.

"This opportunity to expand and strengthen my clinical research abilities will both facilitate the completion of my ongoing doctoral work here at Ryerson and shape my future thinking and contributions to the field.

"I am grateful for this exciting training endeavour and hope that it will be one of many research partnerships between Ryerson and Yale.​"

Tamara Meixner, Psychology PhD student, 2017 CIHR Doctoral Award recipient

Chris Raghubar


"The Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement has allowed me to receive critical and comprehensive feedback from experts in the field of thermal engineering – specifically, heat transfer and energy storage.

"Although challenging at times, my studies at the National Institute of Applied Science (INSA) in Lyon, France have been extremely rewarding and have improved the quality of my research in terms of both novelty and rigorousness, pushing me to thoroughly evaluate, refine and execute my research scope.

"Studying at INSA has also enabled me to meet various students from around the world, travel to several destinations, and enjoy the European quality of life."

Christopher Raghubar, Building Science MASc student, 2017 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS-M) recipient