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NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS-M) Awards

($17,500)

Are you planning to pursue a graduate degree in the natural sciences or engineering? If so, consider applying for the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Program: Master's Award worth $17,500.

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) provide financial support to high-caliber scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGS will be offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master’s and doctoral). This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students to apply.

Application Deadline

Eligibility

How to Apply

Resources

Review Procedures & Selection Process

Questions or Concerns

Application Deadline

Students are to complete their application on-line through the Research Portal by December 1, 2016.

Eligibility

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;
  • 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, 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 direct-entry doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
    • the combined master’s-doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
    • a master’s program that was or will be fast-tracked to a doctoral program, and you are requesting funding for the first 12 months of this doctoral program; and
  • not have previously held a CGS M; note that for CIHR and NSERC, scholarship support for graduate studies (master’s and doctoral) is limited to a lifetime maximum of four years (48 months) of full-time equivalency. If you have received the maximum support toward your graduate-level studies by any of the three federal granting agencies, you may not be eligible to apply for a CGS M.
  • 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); and
  • submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (the Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to Application Procedures).

Program of Study Eligibility

An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program. Master’s programs that are based only on course work are typically not eligible since they do not include a significant research component. Given the specific requirements of certain disciplines, institutions are invited to contact the appropriate agency for guidance on the eligibility of programs of study.

Field of Research and Subject Matter Eligibility

CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC support and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas, which are divided into broad fields of research (health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities). This includes research that bridges two or more disciplines or that requires the skills of several disciplines.

Applicants must ensure that they are submitting their application to an institution that has an allocation for the field of research they intend to pursue. Applications deemed by a host institution to have been labeled incorrectly will be re-labeled according to the agency’s research subject matter guidelines (refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency web page.

Please refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's Program web page for more information about eligibility.

How to Apply

Resources

 


Review Procedures & Selection Process

Applications will be received and reviewed by a selection committee at the proposed university/universities where you wish to hold your award, as listed on your application. Each university with an allocation will select award recipients based on their quota. If you listed multiple universities on your application, you may receive multiple NSERC CGS-M offers; however, you can only choose one. Award recipients will have a 21 days to accept or decline an offer.

Notice of decisions will be distributed by all universities during the first week of April.

Questions or Concerns

For additional help or advice, please contact Lyn Locke, Committee Support.

Updated: September 9, 2016