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Canadian Excellence

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC)

Applications for the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program (CGS M) for the 2015/2016 academic year are now closed.  Check our web page in August 2015 or see the NSERC website for information and application instructions for the 2016/2017 academic year. Note that ALL CGS M applicants (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) use the NSERC site.

Be sure to check out the new Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Tri-Agency harmonized the application and administration of the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS M) in 2014/2015.  The following information applies to the CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC CGS M competitions. 

The objective of the 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.


December 1, 2015

Value and Duration of Awards

$17,500 for 12 months; non-renewable


To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, or intend to apply for full-time admission* to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian university 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 doctoral program for which you are requesting funding if you were admitted into a doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s program (you were never registered in a master’s program, or you are registered in a combined Master’s-PhD program); or
  • a master’s program, but are requesting funding for a doctoral program (an example is a student who is fast-track from a master’s to a doctoral program within 12 months of starting their Master’s and is seeking funding for the first 12 months of their doctoral program); and
  • not have previously held a CGS M;
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host university, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
  • submit a maximum of one CGS M application per year (the Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to five universities – refer to Application Procedure).

Application Procedure

Applications are completed and submitted online.  You will be required to include the Canadian Common CV.  Carefully review the instructions available online.

To apply for the CGS M scholarships, all applicants must complete and submit an application using the Research Portal.

*Note: applicants must obtain official transcripts ("issued to student")  from all post-secondary institutions attended.  Official transcripts are uploaded via the Research Portal to the CGS M application (Official Transcripts: those which have been printed by the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution).

The Research Portal will instruct applicants to select up to five universities where they wish to hold the award. Applicants may select universities on the application where:

  • they are currently enrolled in an eligible program of study and wish to pursue their studies; or
  • they intend to apply for full-time admission to an eligible program of study if not currently enrolled at a university of their choice.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) at each Canadian university is responsible for coordinating the selection process for the CGS M applications, and for communicating the results to the applicants and agencies.  Laurier will have separate selection committees for each research mandate (i.e. CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC).

Selection Criteria

Academic Excellence (50%)
Research Potential (30%)
Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills (20%)

Complete details for this scholarship can be found here

Questions?  Contact Cherie Mongeon, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Officer