​Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (NSERC/SSHRC & CIHR)

**NEW -  Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative **

The Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative will provide financial support to meritorious Indigenous students who have applied to the Canada Graduate Scholars—Master’s program (CGS M).

Meritorious applications include all applications that have received the status “Offered” or “Alternate” in the Research Portal (see selection process for the CGS M program for more information):

  • Offered: CGS M applicants who are offered and accept a CGS M award and who are eligible for the Indigenous Scholars Award will keep the CGS M award and will be offered the Indigenous Scholars Supplement, to the limit of available funding.
  • Alternate: CGS M applicants who are not offered a CGS M award but whose application is deemed meritorious by being deemed an alternate candidate and who are eligible for the Indigenous Scholars Award will be offered, to the limit of available funding, both the Indigenous Scholars Award and the Indigenous Scholars Supplement.

Value & Duration

  • Indigenous Scholars Awards : $17,500 (one year non-renewable)
  • Supplements : $5,000 (one year non-renewable)


Student - December 1 (8:00 p.m. ET) - Submission of online application to Research Portal. (via the CGS Master program)


Applicants must: 

  • be eligible to apply to the CGS M program;
  • self-identify as Indigenous for the purposes of this initiative;
  • provide a one-page (3,000 characters maximum) personal statement; and
  • have had their application deemed meritorious in the CGS M review process.

    How to Apply (special added instructions)

    Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this funding stream must apply through the CGS M program. (See "How to Apply" in the CGSM section below)

    • Applicants select “Indigenous Scholars Award and Supplement Pilot Initiative” in the drop-down menu in the “Supplements/Joint Initiatives” section of the application form, under the “social sciences and/or humanities” or “natural sciences and engineering” field of research.
    • Applicants must also submit a personal statement. one-page (3,000 characters maximum) In their personal statement, applicants must describe how their proposed research project, career and/or education goals have been informed by their experience as a First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis person. If appropriate, applicants can discuss their existing connection, or efforts to develop or re-establish a link, with their Indigenous community.
    • Applicants will be asked to self-identify as Indigenous. They will also be asked to consent to SSHRC and NSERC using this information as part of their application to the Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative. SSHRC and NSERC will not share self-identification information with institutional selection committees.

    CGS Master's: 

    Value & Duration

    $17,500 (one year non-renewable)


    Student - December 1 (8:00 p.m. ET) - Submission of online application to Research Portal.

    *Please be sure to communicate with the Academic Unit regarding admissions process, deadlines and requirements.


    To be eligible to apply, you must:

    • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person* under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) as of the application deadline date. *NOTE: Protected persons must select "Refugee" under Citizenship in the Canadian Common CV.
    • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admissionto an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation. *Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission at McGill University by the deadline set for the intended graduate program
    • have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in:
      • the master’s program for which you are requesting funding; or
      • the doctoral program for which you are requesting funding if you were admitted into a doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s program (you were never registered in a master’s program, or you are registered in a combined Master’s-PhD program); or
      • a master’s program, but are requesting funding for a doctoral program (an example is a student who is fast-tracking from a master’s to a doctoral program within 12 months of starting their Master’s and is seeking funding for the first 12 months of their doctoral program); 
    • or between 4 and 12 months of full-time study (or full-time equivalent) in an eligible master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before activation of the award, allowing it to be activated during the first 12 months of the subsequent doctoral program for which you are requesting funding
    • not have previously held a CGS M;
    • achieved a first-class grade point average, as determined by McGill, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent) 
    • submit a maximum of ONE CGS M application per year (the Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to three universities – refer to CGS M program resources).

    Interdisciplinary Research

    Students seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas covered by more than one of the granting agencies NSERCCIHR and SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should refer to  “ Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency”.

    How to Apply

    There is one single application platform for all CGS Master’s students. Applicants are required to categorize their proposed “field of research” (i.e., health CIHR, natural sciences and engineering NSERC, social sciences and humanities SSHRC). For questions on how to categorize a proposal, consult with the granting agency webpage at Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency well before the deadline.

    The Research Portal will instruct applicants to select up to three universities where they wish to hold the award. Please consult the CGS Master's program site for more details. 

    The online application via the “Research Portal”  is hosted by NSERC and on their website. Students should only submit their applications to universities where they are currently enrolled or where they anticipate submitting an application for admission.

    • Application tutorials:
    1. How to apply using the Research Portal

    Offers from McGill will only be made to students who will be admitted to an eligible Master’s program of study at McGill. These offers are not transferable to another institution.

    Be sure to read the Agency webpage Instructions.

    Additional Resources


    • NSERC is hosting the following question and answer sessions for the CGS M program:

    These sessions will be hosted as live Q&A WebEx events. They are supported by a series of informational videos available on the NSERC YouTube channel. These videos are intended to completely replace the presentation portion of the NSERC sessions, allowing NSERC staff and applicants to engage in a more in-depth and detailed Q&A session than we would normally have time for. Participants should watch the videos in advance and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind.

    Please attend any of the sessions that best suits your schedule. Registration is not required.

    Playlist - Scholarships & Fellowships program application tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6ox0GB7vXYlhaAY7mEqwmMqYK9TGCp1E

    Tuesday, November 1 (in English) - 1 pm to 3 pm (Eastern Time) 

    - Link: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo-fr/j.php?MTID=m11dbd2e158166331715e52288a7d1fb9

    Thursday, November 3 (in French) - 1 pm to 3pm (Eastern Time)

    - Link: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo-fr/j.php?MTID=m8a8aaeaab7a56b81afba9b2dfbcc92d0

    Tuesday, November 8 (in English) - 10 am to noon (Eastern Time)

    - Link: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo-fr/j.php?MTID=md347dab015caab6a8f9e1e31a8a0150c

    Thursday, November 10 (in English) - 1 pm to 3pm (Eastern Time)

    - Link: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo-fr/j.php?MTID=m0ca8d4dfd4cbca680ceadb4cc7121148

    Tuesday, November 15 (in French) - 10 am to noon (Eastern Time)

    - Link: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo-fr/j.php?MTID=m79d87cbf35fcdeda5422452e88a49152

    Thursday, November 17 (in English) - 1 pm to 3pm (Eastern Time)

    - Link: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo-fr/j.php?MTID=m38d1de06dbf533cb9afe19744b2653d2

    Required Details & Documents

    Full application form on the Research Portal that must include:

    • Field of Research that is appropriate
    • McGill MUST be indicated as one of the Proposed Host Organizations with correct Faculty and Academic Unit/ Department / Division name
    • Outline of proposed research - uploaded by applicant in correct format

    One (1) page for Proposal. Proposal may NOT extend into next page AT ALL.

    One (1) page for Bibliography/Citations.

    **Be SURE to adhere to ALL specified formatting; especially with respect to number of pages permitted per document or document section. Non conforming formatting may render application inadmissible.

    • Up-to-date official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies must be included in the application, including transcripts for the CURRENT FALL SEMESTER.  Transcripts must be accompanied by their respective transcript key/legend.

    The agencies acknowledge that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may hinder your ability to access official and up-to-date versions of your transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions that do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. As such, for the December 2022 deadline, unofficial transcripts in lieu of official transcripts will be accepted. Refer to CIHR’s, NSERC’s and SSHRC’s program news for more information.

    How to deal with McGill pdf transcripts for upload

    Downloadable McGill Transcript KEY

    Downloadable Application Checklist

    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 links to respective agency Award Holder's Guide, Payment Activation forms etc.

    The deadlines for these items are as follows:

    Award Start Date

    Document Deadlines

    Progress Report

    May 1

    Apr 15

    Apr 15

    Sep 1

    Jul 15 (in-course)
    Aug 1 (new)

    Jul 15

    Jan 1

    Dec 1

    Dec 1

    Please note that should the 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.


    For more information, please contact your Academic Unit or consult the CGS Master's Program webpage.

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