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.

The Tri-Council 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

Value

$17,500 for 12 months, non renewable

Citizenship

Canadian or Permanent Resident

Deadline

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

Degree

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

Preparing your application

Students with a UCalgary student number (UCID) may apply for awards after submitting an application for admission. You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards.

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


Eligibility

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

Committee

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.


Application

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-Council 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 gsaward@ucalgary.ca


Transcripts

You must attach official transcripts from each institution that you have attended according to the instructions on the CGS website

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 a 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 (gsaward@ucalgary.ca):

To request transcripts, complete the Transcript Request form and submit to gsaward@ucalgary.ca no later than end of day November 8.

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 26 so that you can upload it to your application by the December 1 application deadline. If you have not received your transcripts by November 27, please contact gsaward@ucalgary.ca

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

FGS Awards workshop (Foothills)

Date and time for next workshop TBA

FGS Awards workshop (Main)

Date and time for next workshop TBA

One-on-one mentoring

The Graduate Leaders Circle (GLC) is hosting scholarship cafes, dedicated one-on-one mentoring sessions for students applying for Tri-Council 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 (gsaward@ucalgary.ca) or contact the research portal directly.

GLC scholarship cafe (Foothills)

Schedule for cafes TBA 

Registration closed

GLC scholarship cafe (Main)

Schedule for cafes TBA

Registration closed

GLC scholarship drop-ins

Schedule for drop-in sessions TBA