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IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Tri-council Master's award harmonization

Please note that the Tri-Council (CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC) CGS Master’s award submissions haven been harmonized for 2013 applicants applying to the 2014-15 funding cycle.  

The “Research Portal” for application submission to the Master’s CGS Award for NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR is now available

For information and instructions, please go to Master's harmonized Tri-Council Awards - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC

 

Overview

The PGSM is not offered this year

Program PGS D CGS D
Value &
Duration
$21,000/yr
(up to 3 years)
$35,000/yr
(up to 3 years)
Deadline To be determined by Academic Unit
How to Apply Hard copy of online application and all supporting documents submitted to your Academic Unit by deadline. See below for more details
Apply to All applicants who are registered in a degree program at McGill for Fall 2013 apply through their Academic Unit at McGill.

All applicants who are not registered at a university in Fall 2013 but who graduated from McGill between January-December 2013 should apply through their most recent Academic Unit at McGill. If you are a postdoc or are registered at another university in Fall 2013 you should either apply directly to NSERC or the university in which you are registered for Fall 2013. Consult the NSERC web site for more details and deadline dates.
Contact Please contact your Academic Unit or consult the NSERC website.
Notes All applications are for the PGS program. The highest-ranked PGS applicants will automatically be considered by NSERC for a CGS.

Eligibility

To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • hold, or expect to hold (at the time you take up the award), a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is recognized by NSERC (if you have a degree in a field other than science or engineering, NSERC may accept your application at its discretion); If you are unsure if your research falls under NSERC guidelines please email the agency directly with a summary of your research. If you apply to the inappropriate agency, your application will be disqualified.
  • intend to pursue, in the following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the Master's or Doctoral level in an eligible program (see Eligibility Criteria) in one of the areas of the natural sciences and engineering supported by NSERC; and
  • have obtained a first-class average (3.5 for Doctoral; 3.7 for Master’s) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent = 24 credits).
  • You are not eligible to receive scholarship support while you are in a qualifying year of study.

Interdisciplinary research

Students seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas covered by more than one of NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should consult with one of the granting agencies well before any applicable deadlines.

Required documents

  1. Online application form (must register first)
  2. McGill transcript ordering information

How to apply

Competition process

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

  1. Student requests transcripts and referee letters are sent to the Academic Unit: referee letters can be sent electronically but hardcopy must also be added to application.
  2. Student fills out online application (must include e-mail address of appointed fellowships coordinator of the Academic Unit in application).
  3. Student saves application.
  4. Student prints application. Status of application at this point is 'in progress'.
  5. Student submits a printed copy of completed application to Academic Unit . (Academic Unit may request more than one copy check with Academic Unit )
  6. Academic Unit accepts entire application including supporting documents from students in person.
  7. Academic Unit scans and uploads official transcripts, including the transcript key. In the case of international students, the department must scan and upload the original transcripts, the translation, and the related GPS country guide
  8. Academic Unit notifies the student that the transcripts have been uploaded and should provide students with email address of person responsible for uploading.
  9. Student finalizes online application to NSERC. Student clicks ‘verify’ (will verify that all components are attached to the student’s application) and ‘submit’.  The status of the application at this point will be ‘submitted’.
  10. Academic Unit file review committee reviews files and decides to “recommend” or “not recommend” to GPS Graduate Funding via FAD.
  11. Academic Unit communicates outcomes of their file review to applicants.
  12. GPS Graduate Funding's file review committee reviews the recommended files and decides to “recommend” or “not recommend” to granting agency.
  13. GPS Graduate Funding notifies every applicant (whose application was recommended to GPS by Academic Unit) of the file review outcome.
  14. Agency announces winners in Spring.

Click image below to enlarge view of NSERC application process flow chart

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

Additional resources

Post-Award Information

If you have been awarded the above fellowship, please refer to Accepting, activating, and maintaining your award. Among other items, this page contains the NSERC Award Holder's Guide and Progress Report Form. The deadlines for these items are as follows:

Award Start Date Activation/Payment
Document Deadlines
Progress Report
Deadlines
May 1 Apr 15 Apr 15
Sep 1 Jul 15 (in-course)
Aug 5 (new)
Jul 15
Jan 1 Dec 1 Dec 1