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Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program (CGS M) 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. The selection and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Eligible universities receive a CGS M 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 Scholarships (CGS M) in health research (CIHR)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS M) in natural sciences and engineering research (NSERC)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS M) in social sciences and humanities research (SSHRC)



Application deadline

December 01, before 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET)


To determine your eligiblity for a CGS M visit Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program

Note: Information and dates may be updated depending on information provided by the tri-council agencies each year. 

Timelines & deadlines

  • Early September – Application opens in the Federal Council Research Portal
  • December 01 -  before 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET) - Application Deadline (date by which the complete application must be submitted by the applicant including referee letters). Requests to submit late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. No changes or updates can be made once the application has been submitted. 
  • April 1 – Competition results available to students in Research Portal. Students have 21 days from the date of offer of award to accept or decline their offer. If an offer is not accepted or declined within the 21 days it will automatically be set to 'declined'. 

How to apply

To apply for  CGS M scholarships, all applicants must complete and submit their applications using the Research Portal

Additional Resources and Contact Information

Contact information: Students should contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies for assistantance or guidance well in advance of the December 01 deadline. Students can also contact any of the three federal council agencies for information about the program. Students should contact the council whose mandate corresponds with the applicants field of research.


UVic Faculty of Graduate Studies:

Tri-Council Faculty Coaches:

Additional Resources: