CIHR Graduate Scholarship


Doctoral Research Award: October 2, 2018
Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGSM): December 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PST)

Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian and Permanent Residence
Degree Level: Masters and Doctoral
Award Status: Open


Quick Facts

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing master’s or doctoral studies in health sciences.

Annual Value: $17,500 to $35,000 (depending on degree level)

  • Doctoral Research Award: October 2, 2018
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGSM):  December 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PST)


Complete eligibility criteria are available on the CIHR website.

Potential applicants should be sure that they are submitting their application to the most appropriate of the three federal funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC). If applicants are unsure whether they should submit their application to CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC, they 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.


  • Canadian
  • Permanent Resident

Degree Level

  • Master’s
  • Doctoral

Applicant Status

  • Incoming students
  • Continuing students

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the CIHR website for doctoral applicants. The evaluation criteria for the CGSM competition is included on the NSERC website 

Application Procedures

CIHR administers several funding opportunities for graduate students.

CIHR Doctoral Awards

  • Applications for Doctoral Research Awards are submitted directly on-line to CIHR via Research Net
  • Once a CIHR Doctoral application has been submitted online:
    • Submit a copy of the CIHR Doctoral application plus the UBC Research Project Information Form (RPIF),  to the Office of Research Services (ORS), located in FIPKE 336, at least 48 business hours prior to the application deadline.
    • The Office of Research Services (ORS) will then forward the application to CIHR as an indication of Institutional Approval.

There is no university-level adjudication for these awards, though university signatures may be required for signature pages that are a part of the application. For questions regarding the signature page or how to obtain university signatures, please contact the College of Graduate Studies by emailing:


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. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

It is imperative applicants consult the instructions regarding how to submit the application and the materials required. Questions regarding transcripts can be directed to:

Applicants must identify their Proposed Host Organization. All current students enrolled in a graduate program at the Okanagan campus must select The University of British Columbia as their host organization. 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. Detailed instructions are available by selecting this link. Applicants that are not currently enrolled in a graduate program, may selected up to five universities as their Proposed Host Organization.

Nomination Procedures (CGSM applicants only)

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) will provide electronic copies of CGSM 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 will disseminate the applications received to graduate programs. Graduate programs will review and score the CGSM applications for the students in their program and submit scoring summaries to the College of Graduate Studies. The College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee will convene and determine the top-ranked applications that will be submitted to G+PS for further adjudication. Nominations must be submitted by the College of Graduate Studies to G+PS by: TBD.

The quota (the maximum number of nominations the College of Graduate Studies my submit to G+PS) for the CGSM competition is: TBD.

Adjudication Procedures (CGSM applicants only)

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applicants from the CGSM competition. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members will review and rank nominated applications and select which applicants will be offered CIHR CGSM awards. The first opportunity for universities to make award offers to applicants is April 1, 2018.


Further Information

Questions? Please contact: