CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS)
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, and they are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are active Tri-Agency CGS holders (CGSM, CGSD or Vanier CGS).
A Supplement of up to $6,000 is awarded to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period of 2-6 months.
The CGS award must be active at the time the research study abroad begins.
Timelines and Deadlines
Annual Tri-Agency Launch - late April
SGPS Application Deadlines:
Spring Competition - May 15
Fall Competition - September 15
Agency Deadlines for Universities:
Spring Competition - June 10
Fall Competition - October 10
Release of Decisions by Agency:
Spring Competition - by August 10
Fall Competition - by December 10
To be eligible to apply for this program, you applicant must:
be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline dates;
be registered full-time at Western at the time of application;
be in a discipline area supported by your CGS granting agency and have accepted or currently hold one of the following Canada Graduate Scholarships:
CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGSM or CGSD
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGSM or CGSD
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGSM or CGSD;
Vanier CGS (Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only);
undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date; and
not hold, or have held, any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies.
To remain eligible during the research study period abroad, you must:
hold an active CGS at the time your research study period abroad starts;
be registered full-time in a graduate research studies degree program at Western for the duration of your research study period abroad;
take up the award within one year of receiving the notice of award for the CGS-MSFSS; and
return to complete your degree at Western.
Candidates applying for the CGS-MSFSS will now access the application from a single harmonized program description hosted on NSERC’s website. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Paula Menzies Cameron (email@example.com) in SGPS by the university deadline (May 15 or September 15).
The home supervisor must confirm the applicant's research is related to their CGS research topic in their letter of support.
The host supervisor must indicate that they have the resources available (financial [if any], supervision time, equipment, etc.) to support the applicant’s planned research activities.
Non-academic host supervisors must demonstrate that they have experience supervising graduate student research.
Award recipients of the CGS-MSFSS will now find all information regarding the payment and administration of their supplement in a single harmonized guide on NSERC’s website.