Graduate Scholarship Program In Canada, 2018-2019

Entires are currntly ongoing at the School of Graduate Studies for Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS M) Program Competition for the 2018-2019 academic year. Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

What you need to know about the Master’s Scholarship Program In Canada, 2018-2019

The CGS M Awards Program supports students in all research disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

McMaster University School of Graduate Studies is one of four Canadian universities ranked in the top 100 worldwide and host site for a United Nations University. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities and a leader in corporate-sponsored research income, we are home to more than 70 Research centers and institutes.

Level/Field of Study: 

Scholarships are available to pursue Master degree programme. The CGS M Awards Program supports students in all research disciplines.

Eligible Nationality:


Host Nationality:

Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

Scholarship Benefit:

Scholarships of $17,500.00 for 12 months, non-renewable will be awarded.

Scholarship Eligibility:

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Have completed, as of December 31, 2017, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in:
  1. The master’s program for which you are requesting funding; or
  2. The direct-entry doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
  3. The combined master’s doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
  • A master’s program that was or will be fast-tracked to a doctoral program, and you are requesting funding for the first 12 months of this doctoral program;
  • Not have previously held a CGS M; note that for CIHR and NSERC, scholarship support for graduate studies (master’s and doctoral) is limited to a lifetime maximum of four years (48 months) of full-time equivalency. If you have received the maximum support toward your graduate-level studies by any of the three federal granting agencies, you may not be eligible to apply for a CGS M;
  • Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); ) At McMaster, a first-class average for this competition is a Minimum A- (10/12)
  • Submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (the Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to five institutions – refer to Application Procedures).

Applicants can be considered for a CGS M at McMaster University if they select McMaster as one of the institutions on their CGS M application and if:

  • Be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation;
  • Applicants should respect the internal deadline to apply for admission to your intended program of study. Contact your respective graduate program at McMaster for more detailed information.

Easiest Ways to Apply for the Master’s Scholarship Program In Canada, 2018-2019:

A complete application includes the following documents:

  • The outline of the proposed research (including the bibliography and citations);
  • Outline of proposed research (maximum of one page);
  • Bibliography/citations (maximum of one page).
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  • Up-to-date official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies should be included in the application. Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes.

o Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall session of the year of application (if currently registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered)

o Official transcripts are defined according to institutional guidelines. Ensure that the transcripts uploaded meet the internal requirements at each institution selected in your application. Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) at the institutions selected in your application to determine their requirements.

o If your institution does not provide transcripts, you can submit, in lieu of a transcript, a letter bearing the official institution seal/stamp or a letter signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies or equivalent confirming

1) Your program of study,

2) Your registration status and

3) The fact that the institution does not provide transcripts.

o If transcripts are not provided for all programs of study listed in the CCV, the selection committee(s) will have less information on which to base their assessment, which may put your application at a disadvantage.

o If an applicant has not provided the up-to-date official transcripts needed to determine if they have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), their application will be deemed ineligible.

  • The CGS M Canadian Common CV (CCV);
  • Two reference assessments.

Application Form

Application Deadline:

The deadline for students to apply on the Research Portal is December 1, 2017. There are no extensions granted by the Agency. Applicants to the CGS M program must complete their application using the Research Portal, hosted by NSERC. It is a single application form used by all three Agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) and the applicant can choose up to 5 universities where they would like to hold their award.

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