CIHR / NSERC / SSHRC
If you are interested in applying to any of the external awards listed below, please check your eligibility, the application procedures and forms on the website of the target funding agency.
The Canadian Graduate Scholarship, Master's Program (CGS M) supports Canadian students in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada's three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
At a Glance:
- Canadian Graduate Scholarship, Master's Program (CGS M), $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
- Students apply for these awards using the Research Portal; applications are then routed through an adjudication process at the university
- Workshop: November 2nd, 2018 from 2:30-4:00pm in the Presentation Studio (ASB 10900), Burnaby Campus and November 6th from 4:30-6:30pm in Room 2520, Vancouver Campus Harbour Centre
- Deadline to apply online: December 3, 2018 (by 5:00 pm) (Dec. 1 is a Saturday so the following business day is Dec. 3)
- SFU admissions application deadline (if applicable) for CGSM consideration: January 31, 2019 or department deadline, whichever is earlier
Where to Start
- Ensure your GPA is eligible. Applicants must have a first class average (A- or 3.67) in each of the last two completed years of study (full time equivalent) to be considered by SFU. Check your transcript to ensure that you have at least an A- average in your last 24-30 credits AND at least an A- average in the 24-30 credits previous to that
- Ensure that your research falls under one of the agencies’ mandates by reviewing the subject eligibility.
- Ensure you are eligible to apply by visiting the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Program description: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp
- Order your official transcripts from each institution you have attended. Your SFU transcript can be unofficial if SFU is the ONLY institution you are applying to. Yes, you need to include an SFU transcript even if there are no grades - we need it to confirm registration. Note: The unofficial SFU transcript has a security feature that prevents it from being combined with other files. You will need to Print As PDF or print and scan it before you can combine it with another file.
- You need to scan and upload your transcripts as a single .pdf to the Research Portal. Note the Research Portal's presentation and attachment standards. Don't have access to a scanner? Drop your transcripts off at our office during October; we will scan them and email you the .pdf
- Attend the CGS Master's Applicant Workshop. Be sure to have your application started as we will be answering content and writing questions.
Choosing a University
Applicants can select up to three Universities where they wish to hold the award. You should select Simon Fraser University as one of their institutions in the application form if:
- you are currently enrolled full time at SFU in an eligible graduate program; or
- you intend to apply for full-time admission to an eligible program of study. A separate application to graduate studies at SFU is required and your CGS M application will not be considered if you have not submitted your application for admission to SFU by January 31, 2019 or the department deadline, whichever is earlier. Information about admissions can be found on the Graduate Studies website: www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies
How to Apply:
The deadline to apply is December 1 before 8:00 pm ET (5 pm Vancouver time). If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day. There are no extensions granted by the Agencies.
- Applicants need to create a CGS-Master's Canadian Common CV. (Follow the instructions)
- Applicants use the Research Portal to complete and submit their application. (Follow the instructions)
- Applicants also need to follow Research Portal's presentation and attachment standards.
- Past experience has shown that many applications not submitted in time were missing the required reference assessments. You cannot submit your application until your referees have submitted.
Contact Information – Research Portal Technical Support
For assistance, please contact the Research Portal helpdesk at:
Telephone: 613-995-4273, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Eastern time)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com