CGS M - Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements

Supporting Indigenous students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Tri-Agency Update

The Tri-agencies have announced increased award values for all current and new master’s and doctoral student scholarships effective September 1, 2024.  

The University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies has not yet received any details regarding how the increases will impact each recipient. We expect to receive further information in July/August 2024. Once the information is received, the Graduate Award Office within the Faculty of Graduate Studies will provide details to recipients, students, supervisors and programs. 

There will be no changes to the value or duration of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. The Vanier and Banting programs will continue under their current parameters, $50,000 and $70,000 per year respectively, until they are replaced by a new, streamlined talent program. 

You can read the press release here

The Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative provides financial support to meritorious Indigenous students who have applied to the Canada Graduate Scholars—Master’s program (CGS M).

At a glance


$17,500 Indigenous Scholars Award for 12 months
$5,000 Indigenous Scholars Supplement for 12 months





Canadian Citizens who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nation (North American Indian), Métis or Inuk (Inuit))


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.

SSHRC and NSERC will not share self-identification information with institutional selection committees.

Selection process

Each CGS M application will be reviewed by three committee members at the institutional level 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).

SSHRC and NSERC staff will review the self-identification documentation to ensure that applicants have provided the requested information.

While the CGS M merit review process is used to determine funding recipients under the Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative, should there be more applications than funds available, a selection committee will be formed by SSHRC and NSERC to rank the CGS M applications eligible for the award and supplement using the CGS M selection criteria.

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.

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

Applicants select “Indigenous Scholars Award and Supplement Pilot Initiative” in the drop-down menu in the “Supplements/Joint Initiatives” section of the application form, under the “social sciences and/or humanities” or “natural sciences and engineering” field of research.

Applicants must also submit a personal statement. In their personal statement, applicants must describe how their proposed research project, career and/or education goals have been informed by their experience as a First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis person. If appropriate, applicants can discuss their existing connection, or efforts to develop or re-establish a link, with their Indigenous community.


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

CGS – Master's Workshop 
The GLC Q&A sessions are supported by a series of informational videos available on the UCalgary Grad Studies YouTube channel. These videos are intended to completely replace the presentation portion of CGS-M sessions.

Access the informational videos

Tri-Agency online workshop

CGSM Q&A sessions are supported by a series of informational videos available on the NSERC YouTube channel. 

Watch these videos in advance and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind in order to engage in an in-depth and detailed Q&A session:  (English and French)


CIHR Strategic Master’s Award program

Workshop Details (English)

Session #1 English
Nov 7, 2023 | 1pm - 3pm (Eastern Time)
CIHR and SSHRC staff joining
Join Session 

Session #2 English
Nov 14 , 2023 | 1 pm - 3 pm (Eastern Time)
CIHR staff joining
Join Session

Session #3 English
Nov 23 , 2023 | 10 am - 12 noon (Eastern Time) 
CIHR staff joining
Join Session 

Workshop Details (French)

Session #1 French
Nov 9 , 2023 | 10 am - 12 noon (Eastern Time) 
Join Session 

Session #2 French
Nov 21 , 2023 | 1 pm - 3 pm (Eastern Time
SSHRC staff joining
Join Session 

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

Students will be able to register for one 30 minute mentoring session. Signing up for more than one time slot reduces the number of spaces available for students

CGS-M Cafe #1:
Nov 2, 2023 | 1 pm - 3 pm

CGS-M Cafe #2:
Nov 14, 2023 | 10 am -12:00 noon


GLC scholarship drop-in

CGS-M Drop In #1:
Nov 21, 2023 | 1 pm - 2:30 pm

CGS-M Drop In #2:
Nov 24, 2023 | 10 am -11:30 am

CGS-M Drop In #3:
Nov 29, 2023 | 1 pm - 2:30 pm