For reasons of brevity, the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Canadian Common CV will be referred to as CCV in this document.
The CCV allows you to maintain CV data in a single, centralized Canadian repository. It can be used to apply to a growing number of funding organizations across Canada, including the three federal granting agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The vision and objectives for the CCV are to:
Ensure that you use the correct template. From the Funding Source dropdown menu, select CGS-Master's and from the CV Type, select CGS-Master's and then click Load. You must use the CGS-Master's template (CV type). Other CCV templates will not be accepted and cannot be uploaded onto the Research Portal.
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Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk.
If you click the question mark icon adjacent to a section heading and "A minimum of 1 record(s) must be submitted" appears, then it is a mandatory section. The pop-up message will provide detailed requirements. Note: Not all sections of the CCV are mandatory, however, you should still review each section to ensure that you have completed the ones that are relevant to your application.
A CCV represents one’s personal experience, and thus the applicant is the best person to determine the best section to list specific information and what type of information will positively impact their application.
Select those that best fit your expertise and use the research specialization keywords to further augment your profile.
You can add more detailed research subject codes to your application through the Research Portal.
Every degree (Bachelor, Master's and Doctorate) can be recorded in the CCV whether they are complete or in progress, including degrees from which you have withdrawn.
If you have been or will be fast-tracked to a doctoral program, you should record your Master's and doctoral studies separately as outlined below:
If you have been or will be pursuing a combined program, you should:
The Research section for the Leaves of Absence and Impact on Research is to be used to describe any special considerations that have had an effect on your performance or productivity. You can 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).
You can also explain any gaps in the chronology of your experience. The selection committee is instructed to take these circumstances into consideration when evaluating your application. If your current supervisor is unable to provide you with a reference assessment form, you may use this section to provide an explanation.
Follow the step-by-step Instructions for completing the CCV and uploading it to your application using the Research Portal.
Once you have completed the steps to upload your CCV as outlined in the Instructions, a message will appear indicating that you have successfully uploaded your CCV to your CGS M application. You can also confirm the successful upload of your CCV by returning to the Application Overview page and scrolling down to the Canadian Common CVs Attached section. A green checkmark will indicate that your CCV has been uploaded. It is also important to verify that the appropriate version of your CCV has been uploaded by clicking on View. You are encouraged to save a copy for your records.
As indicated in Step 5 of the Instructions, go to the History tab after submitting your CCV to download a PDF copy.
Yes. If you have already prepared a CCV for another organization, simply log in to your account and select the CGS-Master’s CV type. Your existing data will populate the CGS-Master’s Program CCV, but you should still review it carefully since mandatory fields vary from one funding organization's template to another.
The CCV is continuously improving based on feedback received from the research community. Scheduled upgrades to the CCV will be communicated on a regular basis.
If an upgrade is expected to affect information already entered in the system, a data conversion strategy is put in place to minimize the impact on users. Consult the Release Notes page of the CCV website to learn about previous and upcoming releases.
In rare cases where data needs to be re-entered in the CCV, you will be contacted directly regarding the impact and next steps for updating your information.
If you've followed the step-by-step Instructions for completing the CCV and still require help, the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at your proposed host institution may provide useful tips.
You can also contact any of Canada's three federal granting agencies for information on completing the CCV. You should communicate with the agency whose mandate corresponds to your field of research.