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Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Application Process/Eligibility

  1. How can I choose the agency to which I want to submit my application?
  2. To how many universities can I submit my application?
  3. Can I submit my application to a university that does not have a Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocation in my Field of Research?
  4. My research is interdisciplinary – How do I choose a Field of Research?
  5. Once my application is submitted, will I be able to update or change any information?
  6. What happens if an application is ineligible?
  7. To be eligible to apply, must I have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of study, or over both years combined?
  8. To be eligible to apply, do I need to be registered in my program of study?

Notification of Results

  1. If I receive an award offer for a Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M) at a university, can I take up the award at another university?
  2. When will results be available?

Application Process/Eligibility

1. How can I choose the agency to which I want to submit my application?

When applying to the harmonized Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program, students submit their application to the university(ies) where they intend on taking up an award. A harmonized application form is available in the Research Portal, and a Canadian Common CV module has also been developed to accompany the application form (refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program). The harmonized application form asks students to identify a Field of Research (i.e., Health, Natural Sciences and Engineering, or Social Sciences and Humanities), which will identify the agency allocation under which the application will be considered. Before submitting their application, students must ensure that the university(ies) where they submit their application has a Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocation in their Field of Research.

2. To how many universities can I submit my application?

An application can be submitted to up to five universities.

3. Can I submit my application to a university that does not have a Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocation in my Field of Research?

Once a student has selected a Field of Research in the application form, the proposed host organizations available to them will only be those with a Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocation in their chosen Field of Research. Students must ensure that their application (i.e., research) is eligible within the Field of Research that they have selected. Similarly, students are responsible for ensuring that the university(ies) where they will submit their application have an eligible program of study in their research discipline. In case of doubt, students must consult with the university(ies) (proposed host organization[s]) prior to submitting their application. Otherwise, their application may become ineligible.

4. My research is interdisciplinary – How do I choose a Field of Research?

If a student’s proposed research includes disciplines covering more than one Field of Research, he/she should consult the university(ies) where he/she intends on applying in order to help guide the choice of Field of Research in the application form.

5. Once my application is submitted, will I be able to update or change any information?

Once an application is submitted to the Research Portal, it will not be possible to update or modify the content of the application. Students must ensure that their application is final and complete when they submit their application to the Research Portal.

6. What happens if an application is ineligible?

If an application is deemed ineligible by a university, it will be removed from the university’s competition and selection process. It will not be possible to re-submit the original application elsewhere or to create a new application; therefore, in case of doubt, students should consult with the university(ies) (proposed host organization[s]) prior to submitting their application.

7. To be eligible to apply, must I have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of study, or over both years combined?

To be eligible to apply, students must have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).

8. To be eligible to apply, do I need to be registered in my program of study?

To be eligible to apply, it is not required that students be registered in their program of study. However, they must intend on taking up the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M) award at the university which will offer them an award.

If a student is not yet registered in his/her program of study at the time a CGS M offer is made, the offer will be conditional upon the student’s admission to an eligible program of study at the university. Once the student is enrolled in the program of study, the CGS M offer will be confirmed.

Notification of Results

9. If I receive an award offer for a Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M) from one university, can I take up the award at another university?

A CGS M award is tenable only at the university which has made the offer; the award is not transferable between universities. If a student has selected more than one university/proposed host organization (up to five can be selected), it is possible that a student may receive award offers from more than one university. The student will have to choose one among the multiple offers.     

10. When will results be available?

Universities will enter results in the Research Portal and students will be notified by April 1. Students will receive a system-generated e-mail inviting them to log in to the Research Portal to view the status change of their application. Students will be able to accept or decline Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s offers via the Research Portal.

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