Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program

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Award Overview

​Student Deadline:​

December 1, 2016

Graduate Unit Deadline:

​February 2, 2017—final day to submit candidate list to SGS

​Value & Duration:

CGS M - $17,500 for one year​

​Level of Study:

To support master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada​

Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)


​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 Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.

Eligibility of Applicant​

To be eligible, applicants 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 university with a CGS M allocation; please refer to the list U of T graduate departments that are eligible​​ for CGS M at the University of Toronto; *Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission by the deadline for their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first; ​

  • have completed, as of December 31, 2016​, 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; 

      Note: ​Award holders who complete their master’s degree prior to the end of the award end date may carry the balance of their CGS M award (1 or 2 sessions) to fund an eligible doctoral program which commences immediately after completing all the requirements of their master’s degree at the same institution.

  • not have previously held a CGS M award;

  • have achieved a first-class average (3.7 GPA or A- average at U of T), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and

  • submit a maximum of one CGS M application per year to either CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC (Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to a maximum of five institutions).

Eligibility of Degree Programs

An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. Master's programs that are based only on course work are not eligible.

A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of one of the following: thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital, and/or exhibit, and is merit/expert reviewed at the institutional level and is a requirement for completion of the program.  

Clarification for SSHRC CGS M eligible programs: Programs formerly deemed eligible for SSHRC funding will continue to be considered eligible in the new harmonized program. More specifically, if the master's program is an acceptable basis for admission to the related PhD program (that is eligible for funding by SSHRC), SSHRC would consider the master's program to be an eligible program of study.

Application Process

Applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions currently housed on NSERC's website for details on how to complete their application. Additionally, the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and the confirmation number uploaded to the CGS M application on the Research Portal.

When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to five separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Please refer to the list of eligible U of T graduate departments when completing the CGS M application as it indicates what to enter in the department and Faculty sections of the application. Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to all the proposed universities the student has listed. Students applying for an award at U of T will not be required to submit a paper application.

A completed CGS M application will include the following:

  1. Completed three-part online application

    • Identification

    • Summary of proposal

    • Activity details

  2. Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment);

  3. Canadian Common CV (uploaded as a confirmation number);

  4. All official academic transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (as PDF attachment)**;

  5. Completed reference assessments (x2)—invitation initiated and form completed electronically.

** registered students must provide official transcripts showing Fall 2016 registration

Resources & Contacts

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Program Instructions for Completing an Application

Canadian Common CV—How to Complete the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Version

U of T graduate departments list eligible for CGS M

For more information, visit the CGS M website (housed within the NSERC's website), and/or contact the Graduate Awards Office at, the appropriate Awards Officer at SGS, or the granting council agency whose mandate corresponds to the field of research: ​


Fong Di Caterina,
Senior Awards Officer


Kelly Nolan,
Awards Officer (Federal)
416-978-2205                        ​


Stacey Kwan,
Awards Officer (Provincial)​
416-978-2205 ​