Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS M)

The CGS-M program supports students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Federal funding is made up of three granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) that provide research funding for high-calibre master’s and doctoral students.

At a glance


$17,500 for 12 months, non renewable


Canadian or Permanent Resident


December 1 before 6pm MT (8pm ET)

**including references**

If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 6pm MT (8pm ET)

Submit through the Research portal


All research based master's and some course-based master's programs are eligible. Please check with your program.

Preparing your application

You are encouraged to apply for awards when you have submitted your admissions application and received your University of Calgary student number (UCID). You are not required to meet the eligibility requirements in the terms of reference of an award when you apply, but if successful, you must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the award is paid.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


To be eligible for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS M) students must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the university issuing the transcripts, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). At the University of Calgary, a student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the last 2 years of study. Each institution has their own definition of first-class average. The University of Calgary does not convert scales.

CGS-M eligibility requirements


The CGS M committee members will be drawn from the Graduate Scholarship Committee. The committee will be interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary in nature. 

Selection process

Each CGS M application will be reviewed by three committee members and assessed according to the Selection Criteria. Committee members will be assigned to applications based on field of research (health, natural sciences and engineering and social sciences and humanities).

See selection criteria

Conflict of Interest

Committee members will declare a conflict of interest if their relationship with the student is other than an academic one; if they supervise or have provided a letter of reference for the applicant; or if they have a direct or indirect financial interest in the application being reviewed.

Note: An administrator in the student’s program or on the student’s supervisory committee (excluding the supervisor) is not considered a conflict unless they have provided a letter of reference for the applicant.


Research Portal opens September 1. Applications are submitted electronically through the Research Portal.

Applicants to the CGS-M competition will automatically be considered for the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master’s Research Scholarship being offered through this competition. To remain eligible for this award, you must remain eligible to hold the CGS-M.

The Tri-agency portal list of programs available at the University of Calgary includes research units and administrative offices as well as graduate programs. To ensure correct processing of your application, choose a graduate program available at the University of Calgary. If you need assistance, please contact us at


You are required to include transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, including the University of Calgary, even if no grades were assigned or you did not complete the degree.

The deadline to request transcripts has passed. Requests will no longer be accepted. 

  • If you have not yet requested transcripts from FGS, you must request official copies form each institution you have attended and upload them according to the application instructions.
  • If you have requested transcripts, the Graduate Scholarship Office will compile all your listed transcripts from your UCalgary Student File and format them into one file as required by the application portal.

Student responsibility
We will email the PDF file to you by November 25, and you will have to upload it to your application by the December 1st application deadline.

It is your responsibility to ensure the transcripts attached here are correct, complete, legible once uploaded and in the correct format. Review the final version of your online application before it is submitted.

If you have not received your transcripts
If you made a request using the Transcript Request Form on or before November 7 and do not receive transcripts by November 25 you may contact us on November 26.

We are unable to respond to any emails requesting updates on the status of your request prior to this date, as this delays the overall process. If there are any concerns with your transcripts, you will be contacted.

Attend a workshop

Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops

CGS-Masters workshop

Friday, October 21, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (MT)


Access the slides from October 21, 2022

Tri-Agency online workshop

Please attend any of the sessions that best suits your schedule. Registration is not required.

These sessions will be hosted as live Q&A WebEx events. They are supported by a series of informational videos available on the NSERC YouTube channel. These videos are intended to completely replace the presentation portion of the NSERC sessions, allowing NSERC staff and applicants to engage in a more in-depth and detailed Q&A session than we would normally have time for.

Participants should watch the videos in advance and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind:

Playlist - Scholarships & Fellowships program application tutorials:

Session #1 (English)
Tuesday, November 1
1 pm to 3 pm (Eastern Time)

Session #2 (French)
Thursday, November 3
1 pm to 3pm (Eastern Time)

Session #3 (English)
Tuesday, November 8
10 am to noon (Eastern Time)

Session #4 (English)
Thursday, November 10
1 pm to 3pm (Eastern Time)

Session #5 (French)
Tuesday, November 15
10 am to noon (Eastern Time)

Session #6 (English)
Thursday, November 17
1 pm to 3pm (Eastern Time)

One-on-one mentoring

The Graduate Leaders Circle (GLC) is hosting scholarship cafes, dedicated one-on-one mentoring sessions for students applying for Tri-agency master's scholarships.  Scheduled sessions are available.

If you have eligibility questions or you experience difficulties with the portal, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies office ( or contact the research portal directly.

GLC scholarship cafes

Registration for both Cafes will open toward the end of October. Students will be able to register for a 30 minute mentoring session. Please monitor this page for registration links.

Mentorship Cafe #1
Thursday, November 3, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (MT)
Register here

Mentorship Cafe #2
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (MT)
Register here


GLC scholarship drop-in

Drop-in Session #1
Monday, November 21, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am (MT)
Register here

Drop-in Session #2
Friday, November 25, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am (MT)
Register here

Drop-in Session #3
Monday, November 28, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (MT)
Register here