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)
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.
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.
The CGS M committee members will be drawn from the Graduate Scholarship Committee. The committee will be interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary in nature.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend a workshop
Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops
FGS Awards workshop
NSERC online workshop
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 (email@example.com) or contact the research portal directly.
GLC scholarship cafe
GLC scholarship drop-in