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Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants

This document relates only to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Masterís Program (CGS M).

General Questions

  1. Whom should I contact if I have questions about the CGS M Program?
  2. Where can I find important information regarding the CGS M Program?

Application Process/Eligibility

  1. How do I apply for a CGS M?
  2. How can I verify whether my program of study is eligible for a CGS M?
  3. How can I choose the agency to which I want to submit my application?
  4. Must I have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), or over both years combined to be considered for a CGS M?
  5. Am I eligible to apply for a CGS M if I have previously held funding at the master’s level?
  6. To be eligible to apply, do I need to be registered in my program of study?
  7. Can I submit my application to more than one institution?
  8. Can I submit my application to an institution that does not have a CGS M allocation in my Field of Research?
  9. Which Canadian Common CV (CCV) template must be used for the CGS M application?
  10. Can I submit my application if it is incomplete?
  11. How can I ensure that my application has been submitted?
  12. Can I modify any information after my application is submitted?
  13. What happens if my application is deemed ineligible?

Notification of Results

  1. Can I take up a CGS M award at an institution where the offer did not originate?
  2. When will I obtain my results?
  3. I received an email notification that my application status has been modified in the Research Portal. How can I view this modification?
  4. How long do I have to accept a CGS M offer?
  5. What does the status of “Received by Administrator” mean?
  6. What is the difference between “Alternate” and “Not Offered” statuses?
  7. I have applied to multiple institutions. What will happen to my other application statuses once I accept an offer? Can I accept more than one offer of award?
  8. I have accepted a CGS M award but have to decline it. How should I proceed?
  9. What are the next steps after I have accepted a CGS M?

General Questions

1. Whom should I contact if I have questions about the CGS M Program?

Your point of contact must be the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution(s) where you wish to hold the award.

2. Where can I find important information regarding the CGS M Program?

Refer to the Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships page for a list of all the documents related to this program.

Application Process/Eligibility

3. How do I apply for a CGS M?

You must submit your application to the institution(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).

4. How can I verify whether my program of study is eligible for a CGS M?

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 for a CGS M.

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

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 that will consider their application. 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  This link will take you to another Web site Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.

6. Must I have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), or over both years combined to be considered for a CGS M?

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.

7. Am I eligible to apply for a CGS M if I have previously held funding at the master’s level?

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, or an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Master’s award. For further information, you must contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent).

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

If you have not applied for admission to an eligible program of study by March 15 of the year the results are announced, your application will be deemed ineligible. If you have applied for admission, but you have not been formally accepted, the offer will be conditional. Once you are accepted, the CGS M offer will be confirmed.

9. Can I submit my application to more than one institution?

Within your application, you can select up to five institutions. You must carefully select all institutions where you wish to hold the award. Under no circumstances will you be able to add other institutions to your application after its submission.

10. Can I submit my application to an institution that does not have a CGS M allocation in my Field of Research?

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 become ineligible.

11. Which Canadian Common CV (CCV) template must be used for the CGS M application?

You must ensure to select the CGS M CCV template. Other templates of the CCV cannot be attached to the CGS M application. For detailed instructions on how to complete and upload your CCV, refer to Canadian Common CV (CCV) How to Complete the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Version.

12. Can I submit my application if it is incomplete?

Incomplete applications cannot be submitted. All mandatory fields in the application must be completed before submission. Once your application is complete and validated, you must click on the “Submit” button. You will be unable to make modifications or additions after submission. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is submitted in advance of the deadline.

13. How can I ensure that my application has been submitted?

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.

14. Can I modify any information after my application is submitted?

You must ensure that your application is final and complete before you submit it through the Research Portal. You will be unable to make modifications or additions after submission.

15. What happens if my application is deemed ineligible?

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.

Notification of Results

16. Can I take up a CGS M award at an institution where the offer did not originate?

A CGS M award is tenable only at the institution that has made the offer; the award is not portable between institutions. If you have selected more than one institution (up to five can be selected), it is possible that you may receive award offers 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 (CGS M) Award Holder’s Guide.

17. When will I obtain my results?

Institutions will begin entering 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.

18. I received an email notification that my application status has been modified in the Research Portal. How can I view this modification?

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). This is where you will be able to view the current application status(es).

19. How long do I have to accept a CGS M offer?

You will have 21 days from the date of each offer of award to accept or decline through the Research Portal.

20. What does the status of “Received by Administrator” mean?

“Received by Administrator” means that your application has been successfully received by the institution(s) and that the results are pending.

21. What is the difference between “Alternate” and “Not Offered” statuses?

“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 in health to offer, but your application is ranked seventh, it may be considered an “alternate.” If an offer of award to another applicant is declined, the next eligible candidate on the institution’s “Alternate” list will be offered an award until all awards have been accepted. The last date for the institution to offer an award to an Alternate application is January 31 of the following year. The “Not Offered” status applies to applications deemed non-meritorious, which will therefore not be offered an award.

22. I have applied to multiple institutions. What will happen to my other application statuses once I accept an offer? Can I accept more than one offer of award?

You may only accept one CGS M offer. If you accept an offer, you will be deemed to have declined any other potential (e.g., “Alternate”, “Received by Administrator”) or actual offers.

23. I have accepted a CGS M award but have to decline it. How should I proceed?

You must inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institution where the offer was accepted.

24. What are the next steps after I have accepted a CGS M?

Once you have accepted the award, you must refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Award Holder’s Guide for policies and requirements about holding the award.

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