Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGSM)

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 CGS M Program supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies. Successful applicants will win one of the following awards depending on the focus of the research proposed:



How to Apply: Online Application

Western is listed as “The University of Western Ontario” in the Research Portal options for Primary Affiliation and Proposed Host Organization. Up to 5 universities may be identified as Proposed Host Organizations by an applicant.

Application Helpful Hints

Entry Instructions for Western as the Proposed Host Organization

Faculty – Enter the title of the Faculty that houses your proposed graduate program exactly as it appears in the list below:

Department/Division – Select the option that matches the name of your proposed graduate program at Western. To eliminate any confusion:

Timelines and Deadlines


SGPS Processes

The Administrative Process at Western

To complete the administrative review phase for the CGSM Competition, you will require access to:

The Research Portal

Assessing Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility

Refer to the Eligibility criteria here for more detail: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp

The Detail Report

SGPS will provide every Graduate Chair and Assistant with their own program’s Detail Report. This is a full listing (Excel) of a program’s CGSM applications, and includes applications that appear in the Tracking Record as well as ‘outliers’ or those that don’t appear because no Western ID# yet exists for them. The ‘outliers’ are students who have identified Western in their CGSM Application as their destination of choice (or one of them) for graduate study and therefore this group is a key recruitment focus. All applications on your Detail Report must be included in your program’s assessment and adjudication process and ALL must be treated equally and fairly throughout the process.

The External Funding Portfolio

Maintain your applications in the Tracking Record on the Program Assessment page. You can locate it using the following path: Main Menu > Financial Aid > Awards > Graduate External Funding > Program Assessment.

SGPS uploaded all CGSM Applications, which are linked to existing Western IDs, to the Tracking Record in NEW status. The applications that appear in your Tracking Record cohorts(s) may include your registered students, your enrolled students on leave, former students and students who have applied to Western in the past.  You will likely be working with an ‘outlier’ cohort of applications for students with no previous affiliation with Western. Remember that the outliers are identified on your Detail Report.

To access your CGSM Applications in Program Assessment:

Select Maintain Existing Applications and All Students and use the following fields:

Select Populate Students

Maintaining Applications and Which Fields to Use

Monitor your CGSM cohort(s) regularly.  As CGSM applicants apply for admission to Western, SGPS will enter applications into the appropriate cohorts. You may see your cohort numbers increase as this happens. Maintain them as outlined above.

DO NOT Cancel or Add applications. Use only the statuses indicated above. If your program feels an application should be removed from your Competition Cohort and/or Detail Report, email pmenzies@uwo.ca (cc edaley2@uwo.ca) and we will make the adjustment.

Graduate Program Committee

The merit review of each CGSM application will be carried out by the Graduate Program Committee and must be based on the following evaluation criteria:

Committee members must rank all applications listed in their graduate program's Detail Report and all applications must be assessed on an equal playing field. Currently registered students are not to be considered more favourably than students who may be applying for admission. Rankings must reflect academic merit. The graduate program must retain the PDF for every application on their Detail Report.

DEADLINE to finalize all tasks and Recommend CGSM Applications to the University Selection Committee is Friday, February 14th 2014.

All information updated January 24, 2014