Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program

Government of Canada

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Grant amount: C $17,500

Deadline: Dec 1, 2020 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada

Location of citizenship: Canada

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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. 

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  • To be eligible to apply, you must:
    • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
    • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation;
    • have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in:
      • the master’s program for which you are requesting funding; or
      • the direct-entry doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
      • the combined master’s-doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
      • a master’s program that was or will be fast-tracked to a doctoral program, and you are requesting funding for the first 12 months of this doctoral program; and
    • not have previously held a CGS M;
    • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and 
    • submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.
  • An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component.
    • A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program.
    • Joint programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/MA, JD/PhD, MBA/PhD, MA/MBA) are eligible if they have a demonstrated and significant research component as described above.
    • Clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology are also eligible programs if they have a demonstrated and significant research component as described above.
  • Without exception, CGS M awards are tenable only at eligible Canadian institutions.


  • Applicants are not eligible to receive or accept a CGS M offer from an institution where they are not currently enrolled in, nor have applied for admission to, an eligible program of study.
  • Master’s programs that are based only on course work are typically not eligible since they do not include a significant research component.
  • Applicants may accept only one CGS M offer. If they accept an offer, any other potential or actual offers (if applicable) will be declined automatically by the Research Portal, and they will not be eligible to receive further offers.