Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Below is a list of scholarships and fellowships for graduate students.

Master's Harmonized Tri-Council Awards (CGS M) - NSERC & SSHRC

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

VALUE: $17,500 (one year non-renewable)

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 Master's Canada Graduate Scholarship program. 

All eligible students applying for a Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's (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.


Submission of online application to Research Portal


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 admission* to 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 prior to February 15.
  • 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).


It is the students’ responsibility to make certain that their application is complete.

Doctoral Harmonized Tri-Council Awards (CGS D) – CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. By providing support for a high-quality research training experience to awardees, the CGS D program strives to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.

The three agencies have recently harmonized the CGS D application process and launched a new common CGS D webpage.

Program Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Program (CGS D)
Value & Duration $35,000 per year
Up to 36 months
How to Apply

McGill students must submit an application form and required documents to their academic unit. The internal deadline is set by Academic Unit.

More information for the applicants on the McGill student funding webpage.

Application Forms

CIHR: ResearchNET
NSERC: On-line System
SSHRC: On-line System

Application Instructions


To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date;
  • have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the year of application (no more than 36 months if transferred directly from bachelor's to a PhD or enrolled in a joint program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD);
  • submit only one doctoral award application in a given academic year. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program do not count towards this limit;
  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.

Trudeau Doctoral Fellowship

Information can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website

Please read the information on the McGill and SSHRC web pages carefully. Please also ensure that you are eligible to apply before you invest time.

DEADLINE: See Susan Gregus (MS2-075).

How to apply

Competition process – Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Units

The appointed fellowship coordinator of all Academic Units in our Faculty is Susan Gregus (MS2-075)

Step-by-step guidelines:

  1. Prior to applying applicant must provide Susan with all transcripts so a GPA calculation could be made to ensure that the student meets the GPA requirement. Applicant will receive an e-mail if they are eligible or not.
  2. Applicant requests that a copy of the referee letters are sent to Susan.
  3. Applicant completes, prints and provides Susan with a copy of completed application.
  4. Susan accepts entire application including supporting documents from applicant in person.
  5. Academic Units review files and decide to either “recommend” or “not recommend” to GPS Graduate Funding. Decisions will be communicated to Susan and will be entered via FAD.
  6. Susan communicates outcome to applicants via e-mail.
  7. GPS Graduate Funding reviews the recommended files and decide to “recommend” or “not recommend” to the granting agency.
  8. GPS Graduate Funding notifies every applicant (whose application was recommend to GPS by the Academic Unit) of the file review outcome.
  9. Agency announces winners in Spring.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program

The Vanier scholarship program was launched by the Government of Canada to attract and retain world class doctoral students. The following is for general information only. Complete details regarding the Vanier program can be found on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship website.

This funding opportunity encourages students to pursue their doctoral studies at institutions different from those where they completed a previous degree(s) in order to broaden research horizons and seek new challenges. Candidates nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree will be asked to provide a compelling rationale as to why they have chosen to remain or return.

Highly-qualified international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All interested candidates are encouraged to contact Susan Gregus (MS2-075) with their transcripts.  A GPA calculation will be made prior to the student applying to make certain that they meet the GPA requirement of 3.7.


Value and Duration of Award: $50,000 per year for three years

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be considered for a Vanier CGS, the applicant must be nominated by only one Canadian university.
  • A minimum McGill-equivalent CGPA of 3.70 for ALL degrees obtained to date (i.e. Undergraduate and graduate).  Note:  Only students who completed their undergraduate training in a university other than McGill will be considered unless a very compelling justification can be provided.
  • For current PhD-level students: you must have completed fewer than 20 months of doctoral studies by May 1.
  • For MSc students:  you must have completed the MSc requirements, or transferred to the PhD, no later than September.
  • Demonstrated past and/or current leadership potential as described by Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.
  • For more information on eligibility as well as application and nomination process please consult Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship website.


See Susan Gregus (MS2-075)

  • Academic units identify potential nominees and send their name and email address to Graduatefunding.gps [at] (GPS) by May 30.
  • Applicants must submit a hardcopy of their entire application to Susan Gregus (MS2-075).  It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application is complete, including referee assessments and recommendation letter.  Students must inform their referees to provide Susan Gregus with a copy of their assessment forms that they submit and inform the Chair of their department to provide the original letter of recommendation to me by that same date.
  • Deadline for recommended applicants to submit an application using ResearchNet.
  • November (TBC) University submits selected applicant to Vanier CGS program.
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