Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships 

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The CGS M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

The CGS M Program supports up to 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the institution at which they intend to hold their award using the Research Portal.

Eligible Canadian institutions receive a CGS M allocation indicating the number of students to whom they can offer scholarships; these allocations are divided by broad fields of study: health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.

Quick Facts:
Citizenship: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
First Point of Contact to apply: Agency
Must be at one of the following degree/credential levels upon uptake of the award:
Doctoral Program (see CGS-M policy)
Application Deadline: Monday December 3, 2018 by 8:00pm (ET)

Eligibility Criteria:

For complete eligibility criteria and program details, please review the CGS-M website below:

CGS-M (harmonized, hosted on NSERC):

Evaluation Criteria:

The merit review of CGS M applications will be carried out by institutions with an allocation and will be based on the following evaluation criteria:

Academic Excellence: 50%
Research Potential: 30%

Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills: 20%

Further evaluation criteria can be found on the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s program page.

Applications Procedures:

Students must submit and complete the application using Research Portal.  The Research Portal will instruct applicants to select up to five institutions where they intend to hold the award. Applicants must only select institutions where:

they are currently admitted or enrolled full-time in an eligible program of study and intend to pursue their studies; or

they will apply for full-time admission to an eligible program of study by the deadline set for their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first (UNBC’s application for admission deadlines can be found here: 

Please consult the guide on Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s Program Instructions for Completing an Application.

Adjudication Procedures:

The Office of Graduate Programs will oversee the university-wide competition that will select nominees for NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR awards.  Adjudication committees will be composed of UNBC faculty members, who will review and rank the applications to select which applications will be offered CGS-M awards.The first opportunity for universities to make award offers to applicants is anticipated to be in April.