Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's (CGS-M)

The Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's Program (CGS M) provides financial support to high-caliber scholars who are engaged in eligible master's programs.  This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields. 

Value: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable

Deadline: December 1, 2023 before 8:00pm

How to Apply: Online application through the Research Portal


  • Be a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be enrolled or intend to apply for full-time admissions to an eligible graduate program at the master's level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation.
  • Have completed between 0 and 12 months of full-time studies the master's program for which you are requesting funding.
  • Have not previously held a CGS M.
  • Have a minimum 80% average in each of the last two full years of study.

Full eligibility criteria here

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic excellence 50%
  • Research potential 30%
  • Personal characteristics and interpersonal skills 20%

Applications received will be reviewed​ by the Awards and Funding Committee in accordance with the Tri-Agency's Information and instructions for scholarships liaison offices for managing the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's program

Transcript Requirements:

  • Students applying to the CGS M program through Nipissing University must request official transcripts from all institutions, including Nipissing University. 

Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative


Indigenous Scholars Award: $17,500
Indigenous Scholars Supplement: $5,000


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.

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.

Application process:

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this funding stream must apply through the CGS M program.

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. 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.

N.B. 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.

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