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Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s program

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 deadlineDecember 1
Application proceduresSee below.
How to applyTo 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.
For more informationSee below.


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.


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.

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The CGS M program supports up to 3,000 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three 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.



To be eligible to apply, you must

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date
  • be enrolled in, have applied for or will apply for full-time admission* to an eligible graduate 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
    • either 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 one of the following:
      • a master’s program
      • a doctoral program that you are entering without having ever been enrolled in a master’s program (that is, 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 (that is, fast-track)
      • 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 an eligible master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before activation of the award, allowing it to be activated during the first 12 months of the subsequent doctoral program for which you are requesting funding
  • not have previously held 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

*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

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 (for example, 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, as described above.

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


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

Field of research and 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 engineering, and social sciences and humanities). This includes research that bridges two or more disciplines or that requires the skills of several disciplines.

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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 labelled incorrectly will be re-labelled according to the agency’s research subject matter guidelines (refer to  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 to up to three institutions using the research portal. Applicants should consult the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s program: Instructions for completing an application.


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.


  • 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.

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:

Academic excellenceAs demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards and distinctions

Indicators of academic excellence:academic recordscholarships and awards heldduration of previous studiestype of program and courses pursuedcourse loadrelative standing (if available)
Research potentialAs 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 developmentrelevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed researchsignificance, feasibility and merit of proposed researchjudgment and ability to think criticallyability to apply skills and knowledgeinitiative and autonomyresearch experience and achievements relative to expectations of someone with the applicant’s academic experience
Personal characteristics and interpersonal skillsAs demonstrated by the applicant’s past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations

Indicators of personal characteristics and interpersonal skills:work experienceleadership experienceproject management including organizing conferences and meetingsability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formatsinvolvement in academic lifevolunteerism/community outreach

Notification of results

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Offers of awards will be available in the  research portal as of April 1. Offers to alternate applicants may be made up until January 31 of the next calendar year. It is the responsibility of the applicant to regularly check the research portal between April 1 and January 31 for results of the competition. Refer to the instructions for completing an application for more information on the notification of results.

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 (for example, 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

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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  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  Collection, use and disclosure of personal information and in the relevant program literature.

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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  Access to Information Act, and the  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 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

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 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.

Email: cgsma-bescbm@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Email: schol@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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