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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.



December 1, 2014 (8:00 p.m. ET)

Submission of online application to Research Portal (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp)

Academic Unit

January 30, 2015 (Unit to GPS FAD)

Academic Unit recommendations are due to GPS via FAD (https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/fac-staff/fellowships-awards-database-fad)

Please make sure to communicate your Academic Unit's deadline to your students!

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




Less than 20












61 and more




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.

Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission to McGill University by December 10, 2014.

Required forms/tools

Competition process

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

  1. Student completes online application
  2. Student uploads transcripts
  3. Referee submits reference letters online
  4. GPS will forward list of applicants together with PDF of applications via Center Stage to academic units by mid December 2014.
  5. Academic Unit reviews application for eligibility and completeness
  6. Academic Unit’s file review committee reviews, deciding to “recommend” or “not recommend” to GPS Graduate Funding.
  7. Academic Unit communicates outcome of their file review to applicants
  8. Academic Unit forwards “recommended” and “non-recommended” applicant information to GPS Graduate Funding via GPS FAD by January 30, 2015 5:00 PM.
  9. GPS - Graduate Funding Unit file review committee reviews the recommended files and selects applicants that will be offered an award.
  10. GPS - Graduate Funding Unit announces result of the selection process in 01 April 2015.

NOTE: GPS does not require hardcopies of applications or other supporting documents for this competition.

Incomplete, incorrect, and late recommendations are not acceptable and will not be forwarded to the GPS Central Selection Committee. NO EXCEPTIONS

Should an 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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