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Master's harmonized Tri-Council Awards - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC

Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters (CGS M)

The federal granting agencies (Canadian Institute of Health Research CIHR, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council NSERC, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council SSHRC) have harmonized the Masters Canada Graduate Scholarship program. 

As of Fall of 2013, all eligible students applying for a Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters (CGS M) will use the Research Portal (hosted by NSERC) and Canadian Common CV via the institution where they are registered or intend to register.

For more information about the CGS Master’s competition, including a summary of eligibility criteria, see tri-agency CGS harmonization site.

Deadlines

Students have until December 2, 2013 (8:00 p.m. ET) to submit online application. Academic Units are responsible for determining their own deadline for students to submit copies of the application. Please make sure to communicate your Academic Unit’s deadline to students.
Deadline for Units to submit nominations via GPSO FAD - 30 January 2014

Departmental quotas

Academic Units are required by McGill to rank their applicants and recommend the top applicants for funding, based on their eligible Master's enrolment:

Eligible Master’s Enrolment per Department

SSHRC

NSERC

CIHR

Less than 20

2

2

2

21-40

4

4

3

41-60

6

6

4

61 and more

8

8

6

Academic Units with eligible undergraduate feeder programs, but no eligible graduate program have a quota of 2. Academic Units who admit to PhD1 from BSc can use PhD1 and 2 enrolment for determining the quota.

Eligibility and evaluation

Academic Unit evaluations should be based on the criteria and weighting outlined on the tri-agency CGS harmonization site.

Academic Unit is to ensure candidate's eligibility based on the criteria outlined on the tri-agency CGS harmonization site.

Please note that should the awardee’s student status change in any way during the course of the award, it is the responsibility of the awardee to notify the Academic Unit, GPS Funding Unit, and the Agency.

Required forms/tools

Competition process

Note: “Department” roles usually refers to work led by appointed Academic Unit fellowships coordinator.

  1. Student requests transcripts and referee letters to go to Academic Unit
  2. Student completes online application
  3. Student uploads transcripts (copies to be submitted with application package)
  4. Referee submits reference letters online and submits copy to Academic Unit
  5. Student brings copies of complete application package to Academic Unit
  6. Academic Unit reviews application for eligibility and completness
  7. Academic Unit’s file review committee reviews and ranks files, deciding to “recommend” or “not recommend” to GPS Graduate Funding.
  8. Academic Unit communicates outcomes of their file review to applicants
  9. Academic Unit forwards “recommended” and “non-recommended” applicant files to GPS Graduate Funding via GPS FAD.
  10. GPS - Graduate Funding Unit file review committee reviews the recommended files and selects winners.
  11. GPS - Graduate Funding Unit announces result of the selection process in early April.

FLOWCHART

Image of CIHR roles for department, student, and GPS in swim-lane chart

Please note that should the awardee’s student status change in any way during the course of the award, it is the responsibility of the awardee to notify the Academic Unit, GPS Funding Unit, and the Agency.

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