Read the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS M) description before you complete the application.
The program description has information concerning application deadlines. However, in preparing to meet these deadlines, the following points may affect timing of applications and should be taken into account:
In each section of the Research Portal application, you will find instructions and tips on how to complete your application. All documents uploaded as attachments must be in Portable Document Format (PDF) and must conform to the following presentation standards. See also Transcripts (Attachment) for related presentation standards.
Applications that do not meet presentation standards may be deemed ineligible, or be at a disadvantage, in comparison with those that respect the presentation standards. Pages in excess of the number permitted will not be assessed by the selection committee.
Although this list is not exclusive, the following examples of software can be used to convert the required attachments into PDF files:
It is also important to note that some web browsers may not be compatible with the Research Portal. In the event that you or your references experience technical challenges while completing any portion of the application, ensure that you are using the most recent version of your web browser or try testing the use of a different one. For more information on web browsers supported by the Research Portal, contact the Helpdesk or complete an On-line Services Support Request.
All personal information collected as part of this program is used by the agencies and by the relevant officials in the eligible 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, by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in the Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to NSERC, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the Protection and Disclosure of Personal Information: Fellowships and Scholarships, and in the relevant program literature.
Each agency may publish the names and other limited award information of scholarship 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 the one 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.
For program-related information, contact 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 federal granting agencies for information about this program. You should communicate with the agency whose mandate corresponds to your Field of Research.
It is the intent of the agencies to respond to inquiries within 48 hours. During peak periods (November to January), the response time may be delayed.
In the Research Portal, after signing in, click on Create Applications to gain access to the funding opportunities (programs) available. Select the CGS M Program from the list and click on Create.
Note: The Research Portal has a time-out period after 20 minutes of inactivity within each section. After 60 minutes of inactivity, you will be logged out of the Research Portal. Typing does not count as an activity; you must remember to Save and Validate frequently, otherwise the information you have entered will be lost.
A complete application includes the following documents:
A green checkmark will appear for each completed section that has been saved and validated. The Submit button will only become available once all sections of the application have been completed.
It is important that you view your application before you submit it by clicking on Export application and attachments to PDF. This will allow you to confirm if all sections of the application have been duly completed and if your attachments have been uploaded successfully. Although you will not be able to view the Reference Assessment Forms submitted on your behalf, the status on your Application Overview page will confirm their completion.
You must click the Submit button before the deadline of December 1, 8:00 p.m. (ET) in order for your application to be received successfully by the institution(s).
Your selections and entries in the following sections may be used for identification purposes, to determine eligibility, to assign your application to reviewers and/or to evaluate your application.
The title will be used for publication purposes. It should describe the research to be carried out during your graduate program. It should not contain a company or trade name. Spell out scientific symbols and acronyms.
Field of Research
You must select the Field of Research (Health, Natural Sciences and/or Engineering, or Social Sciences and/or Humanities) for the proposal. Each Field of Research is associated with a list of fields of study and areas of research, and a list of institutions to which the application may be submitted.
A single selection must be made even if your proposed research is inter- or multidisciplinary in nature and/or appears to span the mandates of two or more of the federal granting agencies. Additional information on mandate and subject matter eligibility is available on Science.gc.ca.
Each institution has an agency-specific allocation for the CGS M Program. Institutions are responsible for ensuring that successful applicants are funded by the most relevant agency.
Scholarships Liaison Officers at institutions may modify the applicants’ selections for Field of Research if they are deemed to be incorrect. Applicants can contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the appropriate institution for guidance.
Start Date or Proposed Start Date of Program of Study
Indicate the date you enrolled or expect to enroll in the program for which you are seeking support.
Number of Months of Graduate Studies Completed as of December 31 of Year of Application
Enter the number of months, as of December 31 of the year of application, you will have completed in the eligible program of study indicated in the application. If you are not currently enrolled in a program of study, indicate this by entering 0 months.
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
These supplements are available to active CGS (master’s or doctoral) or eligible Vanier CGS holders to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period. In your CGS M application, indicate if you consider applying for this supplement should you be successful in obtaining the award. For more information, refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program.
Proposed Host Institution
You must indicate the institution at which you intend to hold the award. You can select up to five institutions; however, you may select only institutions where:
Any institution may only be selected once. Additionally, only one department per institution may be selected.
Applicants are not eligible to hold a CGS M award from an institution where they are not enrolled, or where they have not applied for admission to an eligible program of study. If you select an institution but have not met the above criteria, your application will be deemed ineligible at that institution.
* Refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Holder’s Guide for details regarding part-time admission.
Summary of Proposal
Provide a brief summary (maximum of 1,500 characters) of your Outline of Proposed Research in language that the public can understand. This plain language summary may be made available to the public if your application is successful.
If you select Health as your Field of Research, you must make a selection from the following list:
CIHR Personal Identification Number
If you select Health as your Field of Research, you must provide a CIHR Personal Identification Number (PIN). To register for a CIHR PIN, you must first register for a ResearchNet account. If you do not already have an account, access ResearchNet to create an account and request a PIN.
It takes up to one full working day to process your CIHR PIN request.
The following questions relate to certification requirements that may apply:
Consult section 2.4 of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research for additional details.
Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis
The following questions relate to sex- and gender-based analysis that may apply:
Describe how sex and/or gender considerations will be considered in your research study. (Note: This question will appear only if you have selected yes to either of the above two questions.)
For a guide to sex- and gender-based analysis, consult the CIHR website.
Keywords and Fields of Study
Select the Field(s) of Study that most closely corresponds to your proposed research. The list of available Fields of Study will change depending on your selected Field of Research.
Use keywords to further describe your proposed field of study.
The attachment consists of two separate sections:
Provide a detailed description of your proposed research project for the period during which you will hold the award. Be as specific as possible. Provide background information to position your proposed research within the context of the current knowledge in the field. State the objectives and hypothesis, and outline the experimental or theoretical approach to be taken (citing literature pertinent to the proposal), and the methods and procedures to be used. State the significance of the proposed research to a field or fields in the health sciences, natural sciences and/or engineering or social sciences and/or humanities, as appropriate.
If the output of your degree program is an artistic creation rather than a thesis, indicate clearly the research component of your proposed work. Outline the objectives of your research, the context, methodology, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge.
If your degree program does not involve a thesis, a major research paper/essay, or a major research project, remember to outline clearly the research component of the degree.
If you have not yet decided on a specific project, you must still provide a detailed description of a research project that interests you. You are not bound by this project. You may change your research direction or activities during the course of the award. Certain restrictions may apply. Refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Holder’s Guide.
Transcripts must be scanned in accordance with the following presentation standards and uploaded by the applicant in the appropriate section of the application:
If you have transcripts written in a language other than English or French, you must provide a certified English or French translation.
Up-to-date official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies must be included in the application (even if these studies have been discontinued or if courses have been completed but were not part of a program of study).
Up-to-date official transcripts are required to determine if an applicant has achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent) and meets this criterion for eligibility. Your application will be considered ineligible if first-class standing cannot be confirmed from the transcripts in your submitted application.
Since 50% of the overall score is allotted to academic excellence (as indicated, in part, by the academic record, the duration of previous studies, the type of program and courses pursued, and the course load), failure to upload up-to-date official transcripts for all programs of study listed in the CCV will provide the merit review selection committee(s) with less information on which to base their assessment and may put your application at a disadvantage in comparison to those who have respected the requirement.
To demonstrate registration in your program of study, you must provide up-to-date official transcripts for:
This will allow the institution(s) where you intend to hold your award to confirm your registration status.
Note: Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes at any point in the process.
Applicants are required to complete a Canadian Common CV (selecting “CGS-Master’s” from the Funding Source and CV Type drop-down menus). A complete CCV must be linked to the application by following the instructions provided in the Canadian Common CV – How to Complete the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Version.
The CGS-Master's CCV was designed to cover the breadth of candidates applying to the program. Certain fields of entry in the template may not be applicable to your specific circumstances. In those instances, the sections should be left blank.
Information concerning language ability is used for statistical purposes, and may be used to identify prospective reviewers for this or other CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC programs. Where appropriate and depending on your discipline, language ability may also be used to assess your capacity to pursue the research proposed, for example, if the subject matter requires the study of foreign texts.
In the Leaves of Absence and Impact on Research section, describe any special considerations that have had an effect on your performance or productivity. Include any considerations that may have resulted in delays in disseminating your research results, such as health problems, family responsibilities, disabilities or other circumstances (for example, the time necessary to complete a monograph, file a patent, or commercialize an industrial process or product). Explain any gaps in the chronology of your experience. The selection committee will take these circumstances into consideration when evaluating your application. If your current supervisor is unable to provide you with a reference letter, you may use this section to provide an explanation.
Each application must be accompanied by two reference assessments.
Note: These must be completed by persons capable of making an informed assessment, and they cannot be completed by a proposed supervisor unless that person is, or has been, your supervisor.
You must contact your proposed references to ensure they are willing to complete an assessment for you in time for the submission deadline of the application. In the appropriate section of your application, enter the required information for each of the references. Once the information is saved, an email containing the appropriate links will be forwarded to them so that the assessment may be completed. The status of the request can be verified on this page, where it will appear in the following sequence: Invitation sent but not yet accepted or Invitation declined; Invitation accepted but not yet completed; and Invitation accepted and completed.
You will not be able to submit your application until these assessments have been completed and linked to your application.
For more information on the Reference Assessment Form, refer to the video tutorial Canada Graduate Scholarships–Master's: Instructions for Completing the Reference Assessment Form.
There is no need for original signatures on applications or other documents submitted electronically using the Research Portal.
Before you, as an applicant, submit your application, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Applying that appear in a pop-up window during the submission process. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed Terms and Conditions for your records.