Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

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​​​​​Student Deadline:

Sept 25, 2017

Value & Duration:

Up to $6,000 to fund 3 to 6 months of travel​

Level of Study:

​Master’s or Doctoral

Eligibility:​

Hold (or have accepted) any CGS award (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC)

Required Legal Status:​

Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Where to Apply:​

SGS Graduate Awards Office​​​

​Purpose

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre 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 will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada. A total of 250 awards are available Canada-wide each year. The current distribution of supplements among the three agencies is: 125 for SSHRC, 80 for NSERC, and 45 for CIHR.​

Eligibility​​ to Apply

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • have accepted or hold one of the following awards:

    • Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (CGS M);

    • CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS Doctoral Award (CGS D);

    • NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS Doctoral Award (CGS D);

    • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Award (CGS D); or

    • a Vanier CGS;

  • depart for your proposed trip abroad:

    • after the federal competition close date (June 10, 2017); and​​​

    • within one year of receiving the notice of award for the CGS-MSFSS; but

    • no later than the last day of your CGS award tenure.

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline;

  • propose a research period of a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months; and

  • not hold or have held another CGS-MSFSS.

To remain eligible for this award, you must:

  • hold an active CGS award at the time your research study period abroad starts;

  • be registered full-time in a graduate research studies program at a Canadian institution for the duration of your research study period abroad; and

  • return to complete your degree in Canada.

See complete program details below.

NSERC: NSERC CGS-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program

CIHR: CIHR (on ResearchNet) CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

SSHRC: SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Application Process

Applicants must submit their completed application in hard copy to the Graduate Awards Office (63 St. George room 201). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Each application package must contain the following items:

1) Application Form​

The MSFSS application should be obtained from the website of the granting agency from which you received your CGS award. A signed, printed copy must be submitted to the Graduate Awards Office. The application must bear the original ink signature on the front page. No other formats will be accepted. Applications received by email or fax will not be accepted.

SSHRC only: Applicants must complete the web-based application form available on the SSHRC website, which will generate an application number. A signed, printed copy must be submitted to the Graduate Awards Office for consideration. No other formats will be accepted.

Budget proposal: The supplement covers costs associated with travel, living, and other expenses (such as accommodation, meals, tuition, insurance, and other necessary, non-research-related costs) during the research study period abroad. Costs directly related to the research must be covered by other funding sources.

Note: Students are to include only eligible expenses in the Proposed Expenditures section of the MSFSS Application form (as above). If there is a need to identify other ineligible expenses in your application (e.g., visa fees, participant fees, and local transportation expenses), you may list these under the Other Travel Related Expenses section; however, they will be excluded when determining your grant value.

2) Intended Research Plan

The research plan should be a maximum two-page description (this includes all references and citations) of:

  • the intended research activities during the research study period abroad (including objectives, methodology, timelines, and expected outcomes);

  • an indication of how this relates to the applicant's main graduate research topic; and

  • a description of the potential benefits to be derived from working at, or attending, the host institution in relation to your current research objectives.

Applicants are encouraged to review the selection criteria on the granting agency websites before preparing a research plan. CGS Master's and CGS Vanier recipients must also include a copy of their current CGS Research Proposal.

3) Two Signed Letters of Support

Letters must be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes, or emailed or faxed directly from the supervisor to the Graduate Awards Office with "MSFSS Letter of Support" in the subject line. Letters may only be a maximum of one page in length, and must be submitted on official letterhead and signed. Any translations must be performed by a certified translator.

  • The letter from the current U of T supervisor must include a justification or explanation as to why this research travel is required to complete the applicant’s thesis or dissertation.

  • The letter from the host supervisor must come directly from the host supervisor. A letter of admissions as a visiting scholar is not sufficient. Additionally, this letter must detail any resources they will be able to provide (e.g., supervising time, equipment, access to labs, libraries, etc.) and any ad​ditional financial support. Non-academic host supervisors must demonstrate they have experience supervising graduate student research.

4) Consent Form

All applicants are required to submit a signed copy of the Consent to Disclose Personal Information form. Please find the document at the following websites:

NSERC: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/_doc/Students-Etudiants/GS-MSFSS_TCForm_e.pdf

CIHR: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/documents/applicant_consent_form_fillable_e.pdf

SSHRC: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/forms-formulaires/pdf/Consent_to_Disclosure-Consentement_a_la_divulgation-e.pdf

Results

SGS will notify all applicants of the results of the University competition within a month of the Tri-agency deadline. Decisions regarding the national competition are usually announced within three months of the competition deadline directly to students by the granting agency.​

Award Holder Information

Acceptance/Refusal

Successful applicants must notify the granting agency of their acceptance or refusal of the offer via email (as well as cc’ing the Graduate Awards Office at graduate.awards@utoronto.ca) with “CGS-MSFSS” in the subject line.

For more information, awardees should consult the NEW Tri-agency MSFSS Award Holder’s Guide.

To propose changes to travel plans, an email must be submitted directly to your granting agency cc'ing graduate.awards@utoronto.ca for approval at least four weeks prior to the date of departure. Be sure to provide a brief rationale for the proposed changes, as well as a letter or email from your current and host supervisors showing support for the change.

At least one month before departure, award holders must complete U of T's safety abroad proc​edures​. Please contact the Safety Abroad Office at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca​ for further information on this process.

P​ayment Activation

Upon confirmation of acceptance, the transfer of funds from the associated agency to the University, and completion of U of T's safety abroad proc​edures and completion of the MSFSS Payment Activation Form​:

  • CGS-MSFSS payments will be set up on ACORN and typically issued one month prior to the date of the award holder's departure.

  • ​The full value of the travel supplement will be distributed in a single payment and refunded to the award holder.

​​Contacts & Resour​ces​

For more information, please contact the Graduate Awards Office at graduate.awards@utoronto.ca​ or the council administering your CGS award (for NSERC and SSHRC inquiries, be sure to include in the subject line "MSFSS" on your email​:

​NSERC

CGS-MSFSS Scholarships and Fellowships Division NSERC
350 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 1H5
613-995-5521
schol@nserc-crsng.gc.ca​​
Website: NSERC CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program

CIHR

​​CGS-MSFSS Research Capacity Development CIHR
160 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON, K1A 0W9
613-954-1968
CGSMSFSS@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Website: CIHR (on ResearchNet) CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

​SSHRC

CGS-MSFSS Research Training Portfolio SSHRC
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1610, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6G4​
613-943-7777
fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca​
Website: SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

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