Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement
The Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students pursuing exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada. This program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Vanier CGS or a Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master's or doctoral level. Note that international students who hold a Vanier CGS are not eligible for this competition.
For complete eligibility criteria (and program details), please review the appropriate website below:
CIHR only: Eligible applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Complete and eligible applications will be forwarded to CIHR as they are received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the linkage between the current program of research goals, the proposed research/study activities at the host institution, and the applicant’s future research/career goals, including consideration of:
- significance, feasibility and merit of proposed research study activities at the foreign institution
- justification for the choice of host institution and/or host supervisor
- relevance and anticipated benefits of the proposed research/study activities abroad to the applicant’s current graduate-degree training
The CGS-MSFSS Program supports high-calibre graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.
Students must submit the following application materials to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:
1. Signed and dated CGS-MSFSS application form
Please obtain the application form from the website of the funding agency from which you received your CGS award:
- CIHR: The application form is a fillable PDF (review the "How to Apply" section). A printed copy with signature in ink must be submitted to G+PS. Faxed or scanned copy will not be accepted.
- NSERC: The application is available via the NSERC On-line System (view instructions here). A signed and dated copy must be submitted to G+PS. Faxed or scanned copy sent by email is acceptable.
- SSHRC: Applicants must complete the web-based application form (view instructions here), verify it online, and submit a printed copy with signature in ink to G+PS. Faxed or scanned copy will not be accepted.
Note: The budget proposal is a part of the application form.
- outline of proposed research while abroad (maximum two pages), including:
- a detailed description of your proposed research activities during your study period abroad (including objectives, methodology, timelines, and expected outcomes)
- an indication as to how this relates to your main graduate research topic
- a description of the potential benefits that you will derive from working at, or attending, the host institution in relation to your current research objectives
- for CGS Master's and Vanier CGS recipients only, a copy of your most current CGS research proposal
3. Two letters of support
- letter of support from current research supervisor (maximum one page)
- letter of support from potential host supervisor (maximum one page). The host supervisor will also need to indicate that they have the resources available (financial [if any], supervision time, equipment, library access, etc.) to support your planned research activities. If the host supervisor’s primary place of employment is outside academia, they must demonstrate that they have supervised graduate student researchers.
- for all three funding agencies, faxed or scanned supervisor letters printed on official letterhead and including the supervisor signature are acceptable
4. Consent form
Please obtain the required form(s) from the appropriate funding agency website:
- Consent form from the Nominated Principal Applicant: An "Applicant consent form for use and disclosure of personal information provided to CIHR for peer review" must be completed and signed by the applicant. A printed copy with signature in ink must be submitted to G+PS. Faxed or scanned copy will not be accepted.
- The "Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information" form must be completed and signed by the applicant and supervisor. A printed copy with signatures in ink must be submitted to G+PS. Faxed or scanned copy will not be accepted. For more information see "The Meaning of Signatures on Applications".
- The "Terms and Conditions of Applying Form" must be completed and signed by the applicant. A signed and dated copy must be submitted to G+PS. Faxed or scanned copy sent by email is acceptable.
- The "Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information Form" must be completed and signed by the applicant. A printed copy with signature in ink must be submitted to G+PS. Faxed or scanned copy will not be accepted.
Normally, two competitions will be held each year: one in the spring and one in early fall. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will oversee the university-wide competition that will select nominees for NSERC and SSHRC. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee composed of UBC faculty. The committee will select which applications are forwarded to the national funding agencies.
For CIHR, there will be no specific allocations given to institutions for this competition. Eligible applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Complete and eligible applications will be forwarded to CIHR as they are received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.