Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s program

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS M) program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The NSERC graduate scholarship Canada program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral program in Canada (refer to Eligibility for more information). This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

The nserc graduate scholarship canada program supports up to 3,000 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the institution at which they intend to hold their award using the  Research Portal.

Eligibility NSERC Graduate Scholarship Canada

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
  • 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
  • respect the internal deadline to apply for admission for your intended program of study—contact the faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent) at the selected Canadian institution(s) for more detailed information
  • have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application
    • either between 0 and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in the program for which you are requesting funding,** which may be one of the following:
      • a master’s program
      • a doctoral program that you are entering directly from a bachelor’s program without having ever been enrolled in any graduate programs (direct-entry)
      • a combined master’s-doctoral program
      • a master’s program that will transition to an eligible doctoral program, either before or after award activation, with no master’s degree conferred (fast-track)
      • a master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before the end of the award, allowing the award to continue into an eligible 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 held or be currently holding a CGS M scholarship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC
  • have achieved a first-class average**, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent)
    • Note: Institutions may, at their discretion, accept canada graduate scholarship applications from individuals who have not obtained a first-class average; contact your proposed host institutions to determine their use of this eligibility criterion
  • submit a maximum of one scholarship (master’s or doctoral) or fellowship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC(nserc scholarship for international students)  or SSHRC
    • Note: Should more than one application be submitted, the eligible application submitted first chronologically will be retained
    • Note: Nominations to the  Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program and applications to the  Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program do not count toward this limit (other exceptions may apply to CIHR internships)

Deadline of Canada Graduate Scholarship- Master’s Program

The deadline for Canada Graduate Scholarship  applications is December 1, before 8:00 p.m. (ET). Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline using the This link will take you to another Web site Research Portal. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Note: As the application deadline approaches, delays may occur due to a high volume of users on the Research Portal, which may prevent the timely submission of your application. Requests to submit late applications will not be accepted.

Redistribution of Unused Allocations

To maximize the number of Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters awards funded, unused allocations will be redistributed to selected institutions based on the approved allocation formula. Institutions can then use the redistributed allocations to make new offers of award to eligible alternate applicants before January 31.

It is for all Scholarship Progeams NSERC scholarship for international students, CIHR Scholarship for International Students , SSHRC Scholarships for international Students.

Allocations by institution and agency for the December 1, 2022, competition
(in alphabetical order)
Acadia University1225
Athabasca University1124
Bishop’s University0123
Brandon University1135
British Columbia Institute of Technology0112
Brock University241218
Canadian Mennonite University0022
Cape Breton University0033
Carleton University3153654
Concordia University4144260
Concordia University of Edmonton0112
Dalhousie University16201955
Dominican University College0011
École de technologie supérieure110112
École nationale d’administration publique1034
École Polytechnique de Montréal020222
Emily Carr University of Art and Design0033
HEC Montréal031013
Institut national de la recherche scientifique313622
Institute for Christian Studies0011
Lakehead University23813
Laurentian University24410
McGill University874985221
McMaster University373033100
Memorial University of Newfoundland5111632
Mount Allison University0202
Mount Saint Vincent University1135
Nipissing University1135
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University1124
Ontario College of Art and Design University0145
Queen’s University13223873
Royal Military College of Canada0325
Royal Roads University1146
Ryerson University3102134
Saint Mary’s University1258
Saint Paul University (Ottawa)1023
Simon Fraser University11194070
St. Francis Xavier University1247
The University of British Columbia816396240
The University of Western Ontario28294198
The University of Winnipeg13913
Thompson Rivers University1236
Trent University14712
Trinity Western University1023
Université de Moncton2248
Université de Montréal562375154
Université de Saint-Boniface0022
Université de Sherbrooke13211549
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi14510
Université du Québec à Montréal795571
Université du Québec à Rimouski1438
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières141116
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue1337
Université du Québec en Outaouais12912
Université Laval333350116
Université Sainte-Anne0011
University of Alberta355547137
University of Calgary403332105
University of Guelph5222148
University of Lethbridge24612
University of Manitoba19182562
University of New Brunswick271019
University of Northern British Columbia2248
University of Ontario Institute of Technology15511
University of Ottawa422559126
University of Prince Edward Island1225
University of Regina34714
University of Saskatchewan7182045
University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto)0011
University of the Fraser Valley0022
University of Toronto18577141403
University of Victoria6163254
University of Waterloo7503693
University of Windsor291021
Vancouver Island University0123
Wilfrid Laurier University142126
York University6136382
TOTAL 795 8401,3653,000

FAQ’s of Canada Graduate Scholarship- Masters Program

  • What GPA do you need for NSERC?
    NSERC requires a minimum average GPA of 2.67.
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Is the most prestigious undergraduate research award in Canada, and provides the awardee with financial support to conduct research in a host lab in the summer prior to joining a graduate program.
    The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; French: Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada, CRSNG) is the major federal agency responsible for funding natural sciences and engineering research in Canada.

Official Contacts for Canada Graduate Scholarships- Masters Program

The first point of contact for the Canada Graduate Scholarships Masters program is the faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent) at the institution(s) where you intend to hold the award. You can also contact any of Canada’s three granting agencies for information about this program. You should communicate with the agency whose mandate corresponds to your field of research. The agencies aim to respond to inquiries within 48 hours. During peak periods (November to January), response time may be delayed.

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