SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) - Master

Category(s): Application to SGS Required

Department(s): Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Classics, Economics, Education, English, Faculty of Management, Forestry, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST), Kinesiology, Law, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Administration: External

Field: Humanities and Social Sciences

Value: $17,500

Number: Variable

Duration: 1 year, non-renewable



The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Masters (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.


The CGS M Program provide financial support to high caliber scholars who are engaged in eligible Masters or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada (refer to Eligibility). This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

The CGS M Program supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canadas 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). The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the university at which they propose to hold their award via the Research Portal.

Qualifying Canadian universities receive a CGS M allocation indicating the number of students to whom they can award scholarships; these allocations are divided by broad fields of study: health, natural sciences and/or engineering and social sciences and/or humanities.



To be eligible to apply, you must:
be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
be enrolled in, or intend to apply for full-time admission* to an eligible graduate program at the masters or doctoral level at a Canadian university with a CGS M allocation;
have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in: the masters program for which you are requesting funding; or
the doctoral program for which you are requesting funding if you were admitted into a doctoral program directly from your bachelors program (you were never registered in a masters program, or you are registered in a combined Masters-PhD program); or
a masters program, but are requesting funding for a doctoral program (an example is a student who is fast-track from a masters to a doctoral program within 12 months of starting their Masters and is seeking funding for the first 12 months of their doctoral program); and

not have previously held a CGS M;
have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host university, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
submit a maximum of one CGS M application per year (the Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to five universities refer to Application Procedure).

* Please refer to the respective agencies guide for award holders for details regarding part-time admission (This link will take you to another Web site CIHR, NSERC, This link will take you to another Web site SSHRC).

Program of Study Eligibility

Applicants to the CGS M Program must be enrolled in, or have applied for full-time admission to, an eligible graduate program at the masters or doctoral level at a Canadian university with a CGS M allocation.

An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program. Masters programs that are based only on course work are not eligible since they do not include a significant research component.

For more information, please visit the website.
Also, the School of Graduate Studies provides information sessions about these scholarships each year. Please contact the Awards Assistant for information and to attend an information session (

Awarding Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Deadline: 2015-12-01

Recommendation needed from faculty?: No

Citizenship: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

International: No

Gender: Either

Campus: Any

Full/Part time: Full time

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