2021-2022 SSHRC Master’s Awards Competition / Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (CGS M)

2021-2022 Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M) Information Session for iSchool Students

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 12-1pm
Please RSVP – Link to Virtual Inforum Session within RSVP page

SGS Information Sessions

Graduate Award Information sessions are available to students interested in applying for Federal and/or Provincial awards (to start award in 2021-22 academic year). Note: international students are only eligible to apply for Vanier and OGS out of the sessions being offered.

Information sessions presented by SGS staff will be held virtually (on Zoom) and provide general program information including eligibility requirements and application process. Sessions will also be recorded and made available at a later date accessible through Quercus.

Updated September 3, 2020:
Recordings from the SGS Tri-Agency awards and OGS information sessions for students are now available via Quercus for streaming.

The slides from these presentations are also available on the SGS website within each of the award’s pages under the “Additional Info” section:

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS M) Information and Q&A Sessions

CGS M information sessions recorded by the Tri-Agency are available on YouTube: Playlist – Scholarships & Fellowships program application tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6ox0GB7vXYlhaAY7mEqwmMqYK9TGCp1E

Q&A sessions hosted by NSERC staff will be held virtually to answer questions regarding eligibility requirements and application process. These sessions are open and applicable to all CGS M applicants (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) regardless of research discipline. Students are asked to watch the online information sessions on YouTube first and attend the Q&A sessions with questions to ask.

English Session 1
Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 11 am to Noon, Eastern Time
Link to attend: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec6f7a587e20544753f386ded15ab1ab5

English Session 2
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 2 pm to 3pm, Eastern Time
Link to attend: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4b19ed8d665e97b9dc5d98e7d5b61693

Session Français
Date: Jeudi le 12 novembre
Time: 10 h à 11 h
Lien: https://nsercvideo.webex.com/nsercvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e84b7d68ca48e560a9b01eb5aa2670cf6

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, 2021 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 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. *Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program at the University of Toronto 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, 2020:
    1. either 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.
    2. or between four 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 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.

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”.

Note: 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 at least one (1) independent Reading/Research Course in which the primary course requirement is to produce an autonomous research paper. (Details to enrol in Reading/Research Courses. Course Activity Codes: INF2010H/INF2011H)

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

Note: MI, MMSt, CDP – Requirements to hold a CGS-M:
Master of Information, Master of Museum Studies and Concurrent Degree Program students must fulfill one of these options by the end of their program in order to meet the significant research component requirements of the CGS-M and to hold this major award:

  1. Complete a Thesis; or
  2. Complete at least one (1) independent Reading/Research Course in which the primary course requirement is to produce an autonomous research paper. (Details to enrol in Reading/Research Courses. Course Activity Codes: INF2010H/INF2011H/MSL5050H.)

If the student does NOT fulfill this requirement by the end of their program, then the student forfeits the CGS-M and all funds must be returned.

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.     Attachments

  • Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment)
  • All up-to-date official academic transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and exchange/transfer host institutions where the grade does not appear on the home institution transcript (scanned together as a single PDF document)**

3.     Canadian Common CV (uploaded as a confirmation number)

4.     Completed Reference Assessments (x2) – invitation initiated and form completed electronically

**For full transcript requirements at the University of Toronto, visit the SGS website.

COVID-19 Allowances for Transcripts for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions:

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)—acknowledge that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may hinder the ability of some institutions to provide applicants with official and up-to-date transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions which do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. Therefore, for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions, the agencies will accept unofficial transcripts if official transcripts cannot be obtained. If an official transcript cannot be obtained, the applicant must provide a letter from the institution’s transcript office which states that the institution is not able to provide an official transcript at this time along with an unofficial version of the transcript.

Submission of an application will continue to serve as a formal attestation that the applicant has provided true, complete, and accurate information in the application and its related documents.

Results are made available to applicants only through Research Portal as of April 1. Offers to alternate applicants may be made until January 31 of the next calendar year.

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