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:
- Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships in health research (CIHR)
- Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships in natural sciences and engineering research (NSERC)
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships in social sciences and humanities research (SSHRC)
- $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
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
- The choice of Field of Research determines what appears in the Department/Division drop-down selection field in the Proposed Host Organization section.
- The start date of graduate program is always the 1st of September, January or May and the end date of a graduate program is always the 31st of August, December, or April.
- The number of months of full-time study completed by December 31st is normally a multiple of 4.
- A Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement would support a successful applicant for a 3-6 month period of research at an international institution during the tenure of the CGSM.
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:
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Don Wright Faculty of Music
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Information and Media Studies
- Faculty of Law
- Ivey School of Business
- Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social Science
- Brescia University College
- Huron University College
Department/Division – Select the option that matches the name of your proposed graduate program at Western. To eliminate any confusion:
- Biomedical Engineering is housed in the Faculty of Engineering.
- Neurosciences is housed in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism is housed in the Faculty of Social Science
- Women’s Studies and Feminist Research is housed in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences is housed in Brescia University College
- Faculty of Theology is housed in Huron University College
Timelines and Deadlines
- September – Online Application is available in the Research Portal
- December 1st - Application Deadline
- December through March – University Adjudication Period
- Results Posted in Research Portal – April 1st
- Western University has a CGS M allocation indicating the number of scholarships available to be won at Western; the allocation is divided by broad fields of study: health, natural sciences and/or engineering and social sciences and/or humanities.
- A preliminary review and ranking of applications will take place in the graduate programs during December and January. Graduate programs will each adjudicate the applications of students who identified them as proposed hosts.
- The SGPS-CGSM Selection Committee will convene February to begin the adjudication of ranked applications and the selection of recipients.
- Results will be posted by all universities to the Research Portal on April 1st.
All information updated October 2014