Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement - 3rd Call

Deadline

If there is funding available, a third competition may be held in January 2018.

Annual Value

Up to $6,000 for three to six months

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident

Degree Level

Masters
Doctoral
 

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (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 Scholarship or a Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master's or doctoral level. Note that international students who hold a Vanier scholarship are not eligible for this competition.

If there is funding available, a third competition may be held in January 2018.

 

Eligibility

For complete eligibility criteria (and complete program details), please review the appropriate website below:

CIHR ResearchNet: CIHR CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

NSERC program description: NSERC CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be accepted and forwarded to CIHR or NSERC on a first-come, first-served basis. The sooner a complete application is submitted, the greater its chance of being funded.

Application Procedures

Students must submit the following application materials to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

Applications to CIHR

1. CGS-MSFSS application form

  • The application form is a fillable PDF. Page 1 of the application form must bear the applicant’s signature. A signed and dated copy must be submitted to G+PS; scanned copy sent by email is acceptable.
  • Note: the budget proposal is a part of the application form.

2. Attachment

  • outline of proposed research while abroad (maximum two pages), including:
    • a detailed description of your intended research activities during your study period abroad (including objectives, methodology, timelines (start and end dates) 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
  • letter of support from potential host supervisor. 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.
  • letters can only be one page in length, and must be submitted on official letterhead and signed. Scanned copies sent by email are acceptable.

4. CIHR consent forms

Please obtain the two required forms from the following URLs:

  1. 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.
  2. Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information:

Scanned copies sent by email are acceptable.

Email submission for applications to CIHR

All application materials should be submitted via email to graduate.awards@ubc.ca as PDF attachment. If possible, all PDF attachment submitted by the applicant should be included in one email. Supervisors: Please include the applicant's full name and, if known, their UBC student number in your email.

The email subject line should be in this format: “CIHR CGS-MSFSS - Applicant’s Full Name student#” (e.g., CIHR CGS-MSFSS - Jennifer Smith #12345678)

All PDF attachment should adhere to the following naming conventions:

  1. CGS-MSFSS application form:
    • CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_student#_application.pdf
    • e.g., CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Smith_Jennifer_12345678_application.pdf
  2. Attachment:
    • CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_student#_attachment.pdf
    • e.g., CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Smith_Jennifer_12345678_attachment.pdf
  3. Letters of support:
    • CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_ st#_letter_Supervisor's-Last-Name.pdf
    • e.g., CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Smith_Jennifer_12345678_letter_Harris.pdf (letter of support written by Dr. Harris (research supervisor) for Jennifer Smith)
  4. Consent forms:
    • Applicant consent form for use and disclosure of personal information provided to CIHR for peer review
      • CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_ st#_applicant_consent_form.pdf
      • CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Smith_Jennifer_12345678_applicant_consent_form.pdf
    • Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information
      • CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_ st#_consent_disclosure_form.pdf
      • CIHR_CGS-MSFSS_Smith_Jennifer_12345678_consent_disclosure_form.pdf

Applicant will receive an email confirming receipt and/or status of your application from G+PS awards staff within 1-2 business days.

Applications to NSERC

1. CGS-MSFSS application form

  • The application is available via the NSERC On-line System (view instructions here). A signed and dated copy must be submitted to G+PS; scanned copy sent by email is acceptable.
  • Note: the budget proposal is a part of the application form.

2. Attachment

  • outline of proposed research while abroad (maximum two pages), including:
    • a detailed description of your intended research activities during your study period abroad (including objectives, methodology, timelines (start and end dates) 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
  • letter of support from potential host supervisor. 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.
  • letters can only be one page in length, and must be submitted on official letterhead and signed. Scanned copies sent by email are acceptable.

4. NSERC consent form

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; scanned copy sent by email is acceptable.

Email submission for applications to NSERC

All application materials should be submitted via email to graduate.awards@ubc.ca as PDF attachment. If possible, all PDF attachment submitted by the applicant should be included in one email. Supervisors: Please include the applicant's full name and, if known, their UBC student number in your email.

The email subject line should be in this format: “NSERC CGS-MSFSS - Applicant’s Full Name student#” (e.g., NSERC CGS-MSFSS - Frank Lee #12345678)

All PDF attachment should adhere to the following naming conventions:

  1. CGS-MSFSS application form:
    • NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_student#_application.pdf
    • e.g., NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Lee_Frank_12345678_application.pdf
  2. Attachment:
    • NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_student#_attachment.pdf
    • e.g., NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Lee_Frank_12345678_attachment.pdf
  3. Letters of support:
    • NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_ st#_letter_Supervisor's-Last-Name.pdf
    • e.g., NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Lee_Frank_12345678_letter_Allen.pdf (letter of support written by Dr. Allen (research supervisor) for Frank Lee)
  4. Consent form:
    • Terms and Conditions of Applying Form
      • NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Last-Name_First-Name_ st#_consent.pdf
      • NSERC_CGS-MSFSS_Lee_Frank_12345678_consent.pdf

Applicant will receive an email confirming receipt and/or status of your application from G+PS awards staff within 1-2 business days.

Adjudication Procedures

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will check the applications for eligibility and completeness. Complete, eligible applications will be forwarded to CIHR or NSERC as they are received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Further Information

CIHR CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

NSERC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Should you have questions that are not answered by the above websites, please contact graduate.awards@ubc.ca.