This document relates only to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Masterís Program (CGS M).
Your first point of contact must be the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution(s) where you intend to apply.
Refer to the Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships page for a list of all the documents related to this program.
You must submit your application to the institution(s) and department(s) where you intend to take up an award. The application form is available in the Research Portal (refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program description).
An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. To confirm whether your program meets the eligibility criteria, you must consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution(s) where you intend to apply.
The application form asks applicants to identify a Field of Research (i.e., Health, Natural Sciences and Engineering, or Social Sciences and Humanities), which will identify the agency responsible for funding the award. If your proposed research includes disciplines covering more than one field of research, you must consult the institution(s) where you intend to apply in order to help guide the choice of Field of Research in the application form. To ensure you are selecting the appropriate field of research, refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.
To be eligible to apply, you must have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). Institutions will count two sessions of part-time study as one session of full-time study.
Refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Holder's Guide for details regarding part-time admission.
If you previously held a CGS M award, you are not eligible to apply. You may be eligible to apply for a CGS M if you have held funding from other sources.
Your application will be deemed ineligible if you have not applied for admission to an eligible program of study by the internal deadline set by the institution(s) indicated in your application. If you have applied for admission, but you have not been formally accepted in your program of study, the offer of award will be considered conditional. Once you are accepted, the offer of award will be considered official.
Yes. Within your application, you can select up to five institutions. You must carefully select all institutions where you intend to hold the award. Under no circumstances will you be able to add other institutions to your application after its submission. However, only institutions where you have applied or where you intend to apply for admission should be selected.
No. Only one department per institution can be selected.
No. Once you select a Field of Research in the application form, the proposed institution(s) available to you will only be those with a Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocation in that chosen Field of Research. You must ensure that your application (i.e., research) is eligible within the Field of Research that you have selected. Similarly, you are responsible for ensuring that the institution(s) where you will submit your application has an eligible program of study in your research discipline. For further information, you must consult with the institution(s) prior to submitting your application. Otherwise, your application may be deemed ineligible.
You must complete a Canadian Common CV (selecting “CGS-Master’s” from the Funding Source and CV Type drop-down menus). Other CCV types cannot be attached to the application. For detailed instructions on how to complete and upload your CCV, refer to the Canadian Common CV (CCV) How to Complete the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Version.
An application will be considered complete once all of its mandatory sections have been completed, including uploads and the two reference assessments. A green checkmark will appear for each completed section that has been saved and validated. It is important to note that a complete application does not necessarily mean that all the required information has been included. A green checkmark will appear when a section appears to have been completed or a document has been uploaded, regardless of its content. You are responsible to ensure that the required content has been provided and that all of the information is accurate.
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.
No. Incomplete applications cannot be submitted. All mandatory sections of the application, including attachments, must be completed, saved, and validated. Only then will the Submit button become available. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and submitted in advance of the deadline.
You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission of your application. It is your responsibility to verify that your application has been successfully received by the institution(s) by ensuring that your status indicates Received by Administrator in the Research Portal.
Received by Administrator means that your application has been successfully received by the institution(s) and that the results are pending.
No. You must ensure that your application is final and complete before submitting it through the Research Portal. You will not be able to make modifications or additions after submission, other than updates to your personal information under the Profile tab.
If your application is deemed ineligible by an institution, it will be removed from the institution’s competition and selection process. If you are unsure of the eligibility of your application, consult the institution(s) prior to submission.
Awards must be held at the institution from which the offer of award originated and are not intended to be portable between institutions. Exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the host institution, according to its academic and administrative regulations. If you have selected more than one institution in your application (up to five can be selected), it is possible that you may receive offers of award from more than one institution. You will have to choose one among the multiple offers. For additional information, refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Holder’s Guide.
Institutions will begin releasing results in the Research Portal as of April 1. You will receive a system-generated email inviting you to log in to the Research Portal each time the status of your application changes. It is your responsibility to regularly verify the Research Portal between April 1 and January 31 for results of the competition.
In order to view the application status, you must first log in to your Research Portal account and click Open to access the Application Overview page (which contains your application, the CCV and all the attachments). In the Application Status section, you will be able to view the current application status(es).
You will have 21 days from the date of each offer of award to accept or decline through the Research Portal. The status of offers not accepted or declined within the 21 days will automatically be set to Declined. This change in status is irreversible. It is your responsibility to regularly verify the Research Portal between April 1 and January 31 for results of the competition.
Alternate status means the application is deemed meritorious but ranked below the allocation cut-off, therefore no offer is currently being made. For example, if the institution has five awards to offer in your selected field of research, but your application is ranked sixth, it will be considered an alternate. If an offer of award to an applicant is declined, the next eligible candidate on the institution’s Alternate list will be offered an award until all offers of awards have been accepted. The last date for the institution to offer an award to an Alternate application is January 31 of the following calendar year. The Not Offered status applies to applications deemed non-meritorious, which will therefore not be offered an award, even if awards become available.
No. You may only accept one offer of award. If you accept an offer, you will be deemed to have declined any other potential (e.g., Alternate, Received by Administrator) or actual offers.
You must inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution where the offer was accepted.
Once you have accepted the award, you must refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Holder’s Guide for policies and requirements about holding the award.