Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Canada
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and partners
  • Tuition Type: Partial Tuition
  • Degree Program: Masters
  • Scholarship Amount: $17,500 for 12 months
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 1 December, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

$17,500 for 12 months. This is non-renewable.


To qualify for application, candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a Protected Person as defined by subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by the deadline for applications.
  • Be enrolled in, have applied to, or be intending to apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution that receives a CGS M allocation.
  • Adhere to the internal admission application deadline for the desired program of study—prospective students should reach out to the graduate studies office (or its equivalent) at their chosen Canadian institutions for specific information.
  • As of December 31st in the year of applying, have completed:
  • Anywhere from 0 to 12 months of full-time studies (or the equivalent in part-time) in the program you seek funding for, which can include:
  • A master’s program,
  • A direct-entry doctoral program if you are coming straight from a bachelor’s degree without previous enrollment in a graduate program,
  • A joint master’s-doctoral program,
  • A master’s program that will advance to a qualifying doctoral program before or after the scholarship starts, without awarding a master’s degree (fast-track),
  • A master’s program that will fulfill its degree requirements before the scholarship ends, allowing the scholarship to extend to a qualifying doctoral program.
  • Or have completed 4 to 12 months of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) in an eligible master’s program that will meet its degree requirements before the scholarship activation, allowing the scholarship to be utilized in the first 12 months of the subsequent doctoral program you’re seeking funding for.
  • Not have previously received, or currently hold, a CGS M scholarship from NSERC, CIHR, or SSHRC.
  • Not have previously received, or currently hold, an Indigenous Scholars Award and Supplement.
  • Have maintained a first-class average, as deemed by the institution, in each of the last two full-time equivalent years of study.

How to apply

To submit your application for the CGS M program, you will need to fill out and send an application to a maximum of three institutions through the Research Portal. For detailed guidance on the application process, please refer to the instructions provided in the ‘Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s program’ document on how to complete an application.

Additional Information

The aim of the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGS M) program is to foster the development of research skills and contribute to the cultivation of highly skilled professionals. This is achieved by providing support to students who exhibit a strong record of academic excellence during their undergraduate and initial graduate studies.

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