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 8pm (ET)

If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (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 must attach all official transcripts from each institution that you have attended according to the instructions on the CGS website including transcripts for the fall semester of the year of application.

If you are not currently registered as a master's student at the University of Calgary, university transcripts must be requested from the registrar.

If you are currently registered as an undergraduate or master's student at the University of Calgary, and you are not applying for this award at other universities, you may request copies of your transcripts from the University Designate (

To request transcripts, complete the Transcript Request form and submit to no later than end of day November 5.

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 CGS-M portal. We will email the PDF file to you by November 25 so that you can upload it to your application by the December 1 application deadline. If you have not received your transcripts by November 26, contact

We are unable to respond to any emails requesting updates on the status of your request prior to November 26, as this delays the overall process. If there are any concerns with your transcripts, you will be contacted

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.

Attend a workshop

Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops

CGS-Masters workshop

Friday, October 22, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (MT)

Register in advance

NSERC online workshop


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 

  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (MT)

Sign up for a 30-minute session

GLC scholarship drop-in

Drop-in Session #1

Drop-in Session #2

Drop-in Session #3

  • Monday, November 29, 2021
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (MT)
  • Register here