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.
To apply successfully, kindly read through this piece to learn the full details about this program- the eligibility criteria, requirements, application deadline, and more. The table below will give you an overview of what you should expect.
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The CGS M program provides financial support to high-caliber 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 3,000 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by 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). The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies.
- A master’s program
- A doctoral program that you are entering directly from a bachelor’s program without having ever been enrolled in any graduate programs (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 (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 4 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
Program of study eligibility
An eligible graduate program must include a significant research component 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) as well as clinically oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are eligible if they have a significant autonomous 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.
Eligible locations of tenure
- 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.
You must ensure that you are submitting your application to an institution that has an allocation for the field of research you 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 Selecting the appropriate federal granting agency). You should contact the faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent) at the institution where you intend to hold the award for further guidance on subject matter eligibility.
Equity, diversity and inclusion
The Tri-agency is acting on the evidence that achieving a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative, and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding and to respond to local, national, and global challenges. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
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 the institution and by the agency.
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.
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 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 your research history, your 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 the field of proposed research significance, feasibility and merit of proposed research judgment and ability to think critical liability to apply skills and knowledge initiative and autonomy research experience and achievements relative to expectations of someone with your 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 ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical, or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral format involvement in academic like volunteerism/community outreach
To apply to the CGS M program, you must complete and submit an application to up to three institutions using the Research Portal. You should consult the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s program: Instructions for completing an application.
- 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.