CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

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 3-6 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 - August for NSERC and SSHRC; September for CIHR
    • Fall Competition - December (all agencies)


  • Each Canadian university is allocated a predetermined number of Supplements by NSERC and SSHRC every year. CIHR allows each university to forward all eligible applications to CIHR for consideration.
  • Western's 2017 allocations are:
    • CIHR - all eligible and complete applications are forwarded to the agency
    • NSERC - 2 remaining
    • SSHRC - 1 remaining
  • Annual allocations are normally provided to universities in the spring and awards are determined through two annual internal competitions - the Spring Competition that closes nationally on June 10th and the Fall Competition that closes October 10th.
  • Universities have the flexibility to recommend as many applications as they wish in any given year, as long as the number of applications recommended to NSERC or SSHRC for funding from both competitions does not exceed either agency's annual allocation.


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.


SGPS directly messages reminders to current CGS holders at Western of upcoming deadlines. CGS-MSFSS applicants are required to provide the appropriate documentation and submit complete hard copy applications to SGPS by the relevant university deadline (May 30 and September 15). Late and Incomplete applications will not be considered. All douments must be original and where required, ink-signed. Letters must be presented on official institutional letterhead. The Letter from the Host Supervisor may be a scanned copy of the ink-signed original but the original must be available if requested by the agency. The CGS-MSFSS Program description, online application access, agency-specific eligibility detail, and instructions are available on each agency's website:

Important Reminders

  • For CGSM and Vanier CGS holders, a copy of the latest updated CGS project proposal must accompany the completed CGS-MSFSS application.
  • The host supervisor also needs to 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.
  • SSHRC CGS-MSFSS applicants must complete the web-based application form, verify it, and submit a signed printed copy to SGPS. No other formats will be accepted by SSHRC.


  • CIHR

    Research Capacity Development
    160 Elgin Street
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0W9
    Tel.: 613-954-1968


    Scholarships and Fellowships Division
    350 Albert Street
    Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
    Tel.: 613-992-9169


    Research Training Portfolio
    350 Albert Street
    P.O. Box 1610
    Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4
    Tel.: 613-943-7777