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August 27, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Tri-Agency CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS)

Note:  This scholarship opportunity is only available to those students holding a Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier, SSHRC CGS D, SSHRC CGS M or NSERC CGS M).

The following is for general information only.  Please refer to the respective website for more detailed information and application forms:


The CGS-MSFSS Program supports high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada.


  • $6,000


  • May 30, 2016 for June 10, 2017 competition
  • September 22, 2015 for October 10, 2015 competition


Qualified applicants must complete the necessary application and submit it to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the deadline for consideration. In addition, both the applicant’s current research supervisor and the potential host supervisor are required to submit letters detailing their support of the proposed foreign research study period abroad. The host supervisor also needs to indicate that they have the resources available (financial [if any], supervision time, equipment, etc.) to support the applicant’s planned research activities.

The Tri-Agencies require that all applicants consent to have some of their personal information disclosed in cases of serious breach of agency policy. For more information and the form, please consult the program literature and instructions on the agency websites.

Eligibility to apply 

  • be citizens or permanent residents of Canada by the application deadline dates
  • be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application
  • have accepted or currently hold a CGS Master’s or Doctoral, or an eligible Vanier award and ensure that their scholarship will still be active at the time the research study period abroad begins
  • undertake the proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date; and 
  • not currently hold, or have not held, any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of their graduate studies.

Eligibility for award

  • be registered full-time in a graduate degree program at a Canadian institution for the duration of time abroad
  • take up the award within one year of receiving the notice/offer of award for the CGS - MSFSS
  • return to graduate studies at the Canadian institution after the research study period abroad
  • ensure that subject matter remains eligible at the agency that granted the CGS award.

Duration of award

The related research study period abroad normally lasts between three and six months. If the research study period abroad is longer than six months, support is given only for six months to a maximum of the award amount of $6,000.


Contact your Cherie Mongeon, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Officer in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.