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

*old name*: Master's Harmonized Tri-Agency Awards - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC

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

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.

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

Liste de lecture - Tutoriels sur la présentation de demandes aux programmes de bourses: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW6knVGZzKrsJ1iI_nGLoZSQOUwO7ykXr

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.

  • All official UP-TO-DATE (must indicate CURRENT FALL registration) university transcripts (with respective transcript key/legend) uploaded by student. Including all official transcripts (with respective transcript key/legend) to support transfer credits.

**NOTE for FALL 2021 - EXCEPTIONALLY, if official transcripts cannot be obtained, then unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the application process. HOWEVER, when an offer of award is accepted, in order to receive payment, official transcripts will be required.

How to deal with 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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