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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.

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$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 1, 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.

Transcripts for the Fall 2023 scholarships and fellowships competitions.

New for Fall 2023: If you are applying through an eligible Canadian institution, you must confirm directly with your institution their policy on official transcripts and whether or not unofficial transcripts will be accepted as part of their internal review process.

TMU Transcript Policy: We encourage all applicants to submit official transcripts for the CGS-M competition.

For the review process at SSHRC and NSERC, applications submitted with unofficial transcripts will not be rejected. CIHR requires Official transcripts only.