Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program


TBA: Likely December 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM (PST)

Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian and Permanent Residence
Degree Level: Masters
Award Status: Closed
Applicant Status: Incoming Students and Continuing Students


Quick Facts

The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS-M) Program provides financial support for one year to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada. 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: 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).

Value: $17,500


  • Complete eligibility criteria are available on the CGS-M website
  • For research subject matter guidelines, please refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency
    • If applicants are unsure whether they should submit their application to CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC, they should consult their research supervisor and/or Graduate Program Coordinator. In cases where clarification is still needed, applicants should send a half-page summary of their intended research proposal to one of the agencies and ask the agency to confirm in writing (including by e-mail) if they are eligible to apply to that agency. Applicants are advised to err on the side of caution, and ask the funding agency for an assessment rather than guess or assume incorrectly

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the CGS-M website.

Application Procedures

The Tri-Council master’s programs (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have harmonized the application process. Competition details are accessible via the NSERC website. Applicants  are to submit the application through the online Research Portal by the deadline.

  • Applicants must create a Canadian Common CV (CCV) and complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal (please make sure to follow the instructions)
  • Each applicant may apply to up to three eligible institutions in Canada. To be considered for a CGS-M at UBC, applicants must fill out one of  “Proposed Host Organization” sections with the following information:
    • Organization: select “The University of British Columbia”
      • Within this framework, the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are considered one institution. For this reason, applicants will need to identify the Okanagan campus in either the free-form Faculty field or in the drop-down menu of the Department/Division field
    • Faculty: select the disciplinary faculty under which your current/proposed graduate program falls (look up your faculty if you are unsure)
    • Department/Division: select your current/proposed graduate program if it is available on the list. If it is not available on the list, select the closest available department/division based on your research area

A complete application includes the following documents:

  • Application form
    • Identification, Summary of Proposal, and Activity Details
  • Outline of the proposed research (including the bibliography and citations) – applicant uploads as a PDF
  • All required undergraduate and graduate official transcripts (including studies undertaken but not completed, e.g., transfer / exchange terms) – applicant uploads as a PDF
    • UBC transcripts:
      • Applicants can request the “Academic History” document from the College of Graduate Studies instead of ordering an official UBC transcript. Official UBC transcripts ordered from Enrollment Services are also acceptable. The grade summary page from your SSC account is not acceptable. Please request this history well in advance of the deadline. 
      • The “Academic History” must include the 2021W1 (Fall 2021) registration.
    • Other transcripts:
      • Must be official and up to date (include degree conferral, if applicable) as of August 31, 2021
      • Transcripts are required even from institutions in cases of transfer credit or exchange terms
      • The College of Graduate Studies may already have some of your transcripts on file, which, due to Covid, can be provided to the student upon request. Please request these transcripts as soon as possible from Requests for transcripts close to the deadline will not be prioritized. 
      • Applicants may still need to order some of their transcripts to complete their transcript package.  Given current uncertainties related to COVID-19 and the difficulty of obtaining/processing paper transcripts, it is recommended that applicants order official transcripts that can be sent electronically from their previous institutions to themselves or UBC, rather than by mail, where possible
      • Foreign transcripts: if the transcripts are not presented in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French), a certified translation must be provided, in addition to the official transcripts in its original language
      • The transcript key/legend for each institution must be included
      • Regarding COVID-19 and potential transcript delays: Students should contact the College of Graduate Studies first if they have any concerns about obtaining official transcripts in time for the application deadline
  • Please pay attention to the transcript requirements outlined in the CGS-M Instructions for completing an application. This is imperative as it is the primary reason for the rejection of applications
  • CGS-M Canadian Common CV (CCV) – applicant enters the confirmation number in their application form
  • Two reference assessments – applicant invites two referees; referee completes an online form

Nomination Procedures

  • The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) provides electronic copies of CGS-M applications submitted by current and prospective students of the Okanagan campus to the College of Graduate Studies shortly after the national deadline
  • The College of Graduate Studies disseminates applications received to graduate programs. Graduate programs review and score the award applications for students in their program and submit scoring summaries to the College of Graduate Studies
  • The College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee convenes and determines the top-ranked applications that are be submitted to G+PS for further review
  • G+PS oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applicants from the CGS-M competition. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members review and rank nominated applications and select which applicants will be offered CGS-M awards
  • UBC Okanagan has a quota (the maximum number of nominations that the College of Graduate Studies may submit to G+PS) for the CGS-M competition, which is: TBD
  • Successful applicants are notified in the spring

Further Information

Questions? Please contact: