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

Canada Graduate Scholarship CGS M (NSERC/SSHRC and CIHR)


$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 or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • 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 their 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-track 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); and
  • 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 five universities – refer to Competition Process).

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

Online application via “Research Portal” hosted on NSERC website.”

Students should only apply through universities where they are currently enrolled or where they anticipate submitting an application for admission.

The Research Portal will instruct applicants to select up to five universities where they wish to hold the award. Please consult the tri-agency CGS harmonization site for more details.

Required 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/Division name
    • Research Proposal uploaded by student
  • All official university transcripts uploaded by student. Including all official transcripts to support transfer credits.
  • Two letters of reference - A tutorial video for Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Instructions for Completing a Reference Assessment Form is now available. Please share this with your referee. *new*
  • Canadian Common CV
    • This must be validated for the correct funding agency.

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 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 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.

Additional Resources

Tri-agency CGS harmonization site

Webinar presentation slides Fall 2018

Tri-agency CGS webinar video for students you must register for this.



For more information, please contact your Academic Unit or consult the tri-agency CGS harmonization site.


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.

Offers will only be made to students who will be admitted to an eligible Mater’s program of study.