Canada Graduate Scholarships include the Doctoral Program and Master’s Program.
What is it?
The Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of 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 objectives of the CGS D program are to reward and retain top-level graduate students at Canadian institutions, to enable a high-quality research training experience for award holders and to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.
An applicant must:
● be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
● have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the year of application;
● submit only one doctoral award application in a given academic year;
● not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.
● The CGS D program supports and promotes research excellence in a wide variety of disciplines and broad fields of health, natural sciences, and engineering and social sciences and humanities, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.
● Applicants applying through their institution must submit their applications by the deadline set by the institution.
● The institution will review all applications received, rank them and submit the recommended applications to the agencies by November 21. Institutions will then notify the applicants of the outcome of the institutional evaluation.
● For more information about institutional deadlines, applicants should contact their faculty of graduate studies.
● Value. $35,000 per year
● Duration. 36 months
● Tenure. Canadian institutions only
What is it?
The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (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 provides financial support to high-caliber scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada (refer to Eligibility).
The CGS M program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s 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 up to 3,000 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal agencies: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the institution at which they intend to hold their award using the Research Portal.
An applicant must:
● be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
● be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation;
● check the internal deadline to apply for admission for your intended program of study;
● 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 program for which you are requesting funding;
○ between four and 12 months of full-time study (or full-time equivalent) in an eligible master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before activation of the award, allowing it to be activated during the subsequent doctoral program for which you are requesting funding
● have not previously held 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;
● submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.
To apply to the CGS M program, applicants must complete and submit an application to up to three institutions using the Research Portal. Applicants should consult the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program – Instructions for completing an application.
Eligible Canadian institutions are assigned a separate allocation of awards to offer from each agency. Institutions must respect the agency-specific allocation. Refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocations page for a list of allocations by the institution and by the agency.
● Application deadlines. December 1, before 8:00 p.m. (ET). Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline using the Research Portal. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).
● Results deadlines. Competition results will be available in the Research Portal as of April 1.
The faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent) at each institution is responsible for coordinating the selection process for the CGS M applications. Refer to Information and instructions for scholarship liaison officers for managing the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program for more information on the selection process.
Notification of results
Offers of awards will be available in the Research Portal as of April 1. Offers to alternate candidates may be made up until January 31 of the next calendar year. It is the responsibility of the applicant to regularly verify the Research Portal between April 1 and January 31 for the results of the competition. Refer to the Instructions for completing an application for more information on the notification of results.
Conditions of the award
● Location of tenure. Awards must be held at the institution where the offer of award originates.
● Policies and guidelines. Applicants and award holders must comply with the policies and guidelines set out in the Tri-agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide and in any other documents related to scholarship applications and awards. In addition, the award is subject to final approval by the relevant agency before funds can be released.
● Value. $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable.
● Application deadline. December 1
● For more information. The first point of contact regarding the CGS M program is the faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent) at the institution(s) where you intend to hold the award.
Canadian Graduate Scholarships for International Students
Aside from the Master’s and Doctoral Program, Canada Graduate Scholarship also help finance international students with their studies in Canada, which are non-repayable financial awards. They tend to be granted to students with outstanding academic achievement, although some also recognize volunteer and work experience.
You must apply for some scholarships, but others are awarded automatically. The scholarship funding for international students who wish to study in Canada is limited and highly competitive. It is available mostly at the postgraduate level. Nevertheless, we would like to offer you some tips, suggestions, and resources to help you explore this possibility.
Begin at home
Students should first explore scholarships and other funding possibilities in their home country. You need to contact the department of education in your country of citizenship.
Contact your chosen university
Get in touch with the financial aid office of the university you wish to attend to ask for information about the scholarship for international students and any applicable guidelines.
Research additional opportunities
Learn about scholarships administered by the Canadian government, provincial governments, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations.
Below are some suggestions and resources to help you get started:
● Government of Canada International Scholarship Program. Global Affairs Canada is responsible for the government’s participation in major international scholarship programs. This website enables users to search for awards for study and research by country of origin.
● Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. This is open to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.
● Fonds de recheche du Quebec Scholarships and Grants. The Quebec government offers scholarships and grants through its research funds FRQNT (nature et technologies), FRQs (santé) and FRQSC (société et culture) for doctoral studies, postdoctoral fellowships, and short-term research or professional development.
● Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarships. Every year, the Trudeau Foundation rewards up to 15 outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program. The annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for up to four years.
● Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program aims to help develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders, both locally and globally. Though primarily directed to Canadian students, scholarships are also available to students from Commonwealth countries to attend a Canadian university for masters or doctoral studies.
● Ontario Trillium Scholarship. This scholarship program aims to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for their PhD studies. Here are the key points of this scholarship:
○ Each OTS is valued at $40,000 annually and is automatically renewable for an additional three years
○ Six new awardees are selected every year at Waterloo
○ Recipients must be international students, who hold a valid Canadian study permit and must be intending to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree-granting program