2020-2021 SSHRC Master’s Awards Competition / Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (CGS M)

Faculty of Information Info Session

Prof. Leslie Shade, Chair of Awards Committee, will be giving an information session on November 12th from 12:15pm to 1pm. All interested students are invited to attend.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 12:15-1pm
Location: Dean’s Conference Room (DCR/BL212 main floor when you walk into the building, adjacent to Student Service Office)
If you are interested in attending the session, please RSVP to us here!

Award Overview

Student Deadline: December 1, before 8:00 p.m. (ET). Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline using the Research Portal. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).
Value/Duration: $17,500 for one year
Level of study: To support Master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
Results: April 1, 2020 via Research Portal

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-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 Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian Universities and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.

Eligibility to Apply
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 by the deadline for their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first;
  • have completed, as of December 31, 2019:
  1. between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in the program for which you are requesting funding, which may be:
    • a master’s program; or
    • a doctoral program that you are entering without having ever been enrolled in a master’s program (that is, direct-entry); or
    • a combined master’s-doctoral program; or
    • a master’s program that will transition to an eligible doctoral program, either before or after award activation, with no master’s degree conferred (that is, fast-track); or
    • 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 at the same institution; or
  2. between four and 12 months of full-time study (or full-time equivalent) in a eligible master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before activation of the award, allowing it to be activated during the subsequent doctoral program for which you are requesting funding;
  • not have previously held a CGS M award;
  • have achieved a first-class average (3.5 GPA or A- average at U of T), 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 (Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to three institutions). Students are not permitted to apply for a CGS M and a Tri-Agency doctoral award in the same academic year.

For full eligibility criteria, visit the Tri-agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program website.

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 one of the following:  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.

Master of Information Co-op Students – Requirements to hold a CGS-M:
iSchool students in the MI Co-op option may apply to/hold a CGS-M. However, for the Co-op program of study to be eligible, a significant research component will be required. If awarded a CGS-M, a Co-op student must:

  1. Submit in writing a letter from the student AND the student’s reading course supervisor confirming:
    1. that the student will be/is enrolled in a reading course; and
    2. that the supervisor endorses the student to remain eligible for the CGS M
  2. Complete an independent Reading/Research Course; and
  3. Produce an autonomous research paper

These two factors together will allow the Co-op stream program to meet the significant research component requirement of the CGS M. SGS will not set up payments until the confirmation letter is received.

If a Co-op student holding a CGS-M does NOT fulfill these requirements then the student forfeits the CGS M and all funds must be returned.

Clarification for SSHRC CGS M eligible programs: Programs formerly deemed eligible for SSHRC funding will continue to be considered eligible in the harmonized program, more specifically, if the Master’s program is an acceptable basis for admission to the related PhD program (that is eligible for funding by SSHRC), SSHRC would consider the Master’s program to be an eligible program of study”.

Application Process
Applicants must complete and submit an online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions (for all applicants) housed on NSERC’s website to locate details on how to complete their application. Additionally a Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and the confirmation number uploaded into the CGS M application on Research Portal.

When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to 3 separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Once completed and submitted online, the application will be accessible by all proposed universities the student has identified. Students applying for an award at U of T are not required to submit a paper application.

A completed CGS M application will include the following:

  1. Completed 3 part online application:
    – Identification
    – Summary of Proposal (written in lay language)
    – Activity Details
  2. Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment)
  3. Canadian Common CV (uploaded as a confirmation number)
  4. All official academic transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (as one PDF attachment)**
  5. Completed Reference Assessments (x2) – invitation initiated and form completed electronically

** registered students must provide official transcripts showing Fall 2019 registration.


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