The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program (CGSM) 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 CGSM Program supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies. The selection and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Eligible universities receive a CGSM allocation indicating the number of students to whom they can award scholarships; these allocations are divided into broad fields of study that mirror the three agency streams. Successful applicants will win one of the following awards depending on the focus of the research proposed:
Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSM) in health research (CIHR)
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSM) in natural sciences and engineering research (NSERC)
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSM) in social sciences and humanities research (SSHRC)
$17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
Timeline and Deadlines
September: Online Application is available in the Research Portal
December 1: Application Deadline (before 8:00pm EST)
December 2: Applications become accessible to universities
December 2 - December 14: SGPS populates the Competition Cohorts with application records for the three internal CGSM competitions (CIHRM, NSERCM, SSHRCM)
December 15 – February 1: Graduate Program assessment of application eligibility and adjudication of eligible applications
February 2 - March 31: SGPS CGSM Selection Committee convenes for selection of the new 91 CGSM Scholars-Elect
April 1: SGPS posts results to the Research Portal
To be eligible, an applicant must:
be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
be enrolled in, or have applied for or will apply for full-time admission to, and eligible graduate program at the master's or doctoral level at a Canadian university with a CGSM allocation.Important Note: CGSM applicants must have applied for admission by the deadline of their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first.
have completed as of December 31 of the year of application between 0 and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in
the Master's program and is seeking funding for Master's-level support
the Master's program, has fast-tracked to the Ph.D. within 12 months of the start of the Master's and is seeking funding for Doctoral-level support
the Doctoral program if the applicant was admitted directly into the Doctoral program from the Bachelor's program and is seeking funding for Doctoral-level support
not have previously held a CGS M
have achieved a minimum of 80%, or equivalent, in each of the last two completed years of full-time study, or equivalent. The eligibility averages are based on grades on the transcript(s) up to August 31st of the year of application.
submit no more than one CGS M application per year. Note: It is within the application that an applicant may choose up to five (5) universities at which to hold the CGS M if successful
Familiarize yourself with the full details in the Eligibility to Apply section of the Tri-Agency website.
Program of Study Eligibility
An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component which 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 university level as a requirement for completion of the degree.
Joint programs with a professional degree (e.g. MD/PhD, JD/MA, JD/PhD, etc.) are eligible if there is a demonstrated and significant research component as described above.
Clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if there is a demonstrated and significant research component as described above.
Field of Research and Subject Matter Eligibility
CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC support and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas which are divided into three broad fields of research (health, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities), and this includes research that bridges two or more disciplines or that requires the skills of several disciplines.
Applicants must ensure that they are each submitting their application to a university that has an allocation for the field of research proposed. Western University has an allocation for each broad field of research (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC).
Any application deemed by Western to have been labeled incorrectly will be re-labeled by SGPS according to the agency's research subject matter mandate either on the recommendation of the Graduate Chair or of the Chair of University CGSM Selection Committee.
Up to 5 universities may be identified as Proposed Host Organizations by an applicant.
It is the student's responsibility to obtain official current transcripts from every university they have attended/are currently attending, and to create a single PDF file of the transcripts and upload it to their own application in the Research Portal.
CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC consider transcripts issued by the Registrar's Office to the applicants to be official transcripts.
Opening the envelope to scan the transcript will not render it unofficial for Tri-Agency purposes.
The choice of Field of Research determines what appears in the Department/Division drop-down selection in the Proposed Host Organization section.
The start date of graduate program is always September 1, January 1 or May 1; the end date of a graduate program is always August 31, December 31, or April 30.
The number of months of full-time study completed by December 31st is normally a multiple of 4.