Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS M) Program


Applicants: 1 December 2019

Annual Value



Permanent Resident

Degree Level


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 CGS M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada.



To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. International students should refer to Affiliated Fellowships Master's Program, which runs in parallel to the CGS M competition at UBC.

Complete eligibility criteria are available on the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program website. For research subject matter guidelines, please refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.

If applicants are unsure which granting agency they should select, they should consult their research supervisor and/or Graduate Advisor. In cases where clarification is still needed, applicants should send a half-page summary of their intended research proposal to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for an assessment. The summary should be submitted via email to with a request for confirmation if the research falls under the chosen agency’s mandate.

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program website.

Application Procedures

Applicants must create a Canadian Common CV (CCV) (make sure to follow the instructions) and complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal (make sure to follow the instructions).

Each applicant may apply to up to three eligible institutions in Canada. To be considered for a CGS M at UBC, applicants must fill out one of  "Proposed Host Organization" sections with the following information:

  • Organization: select "The University of British Columbia"
  • Faculty: select the disciplinary faculty under which your current/proposed graduate program falls (look up your program if you are unsure)
  • Department/Division: select your current/proposed graduate program if it is available on the list. If it is not available on the list, select the closest available department/division based on your research area.

A complete application includes the following documents:

  • the application form (it consists of three parts: Identification, Summary of Proposal, and Activity Details)
  • the outline of the proposed research (including the bibliography and citations) - applicant uploads as a PDF
  • all required undergraduate and graduate official transcripts (including studies undertaken but not completed, e.g., transfer / exchange terms) - applicant uploads as a PDF
    • Please pay attention to the transcript requirements outlined in the CGS M Instructions for completing an application. This is imperative as it is the primary reason for the rejection of applications.
    • Please be reminded that it will take time for former institutions to provide official transcripts. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies does not provide copies of official transcripts.
  • the CGS M Canadian Common CV (CCV) - applicant enters the confirmation number in their application form
  • two reference assessments - applicant invites two referees; referee completes an online form

All CGS M applicants applying through UBC will be considered for un-restricted Affiliated Fellowships. To be considered for criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships, students should submit a checklist of criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships to their program at the time of the application.

Nomination Procedures

Applications will be available to graduate programs for review and ranking shortly after the applicant deadline. Graduate programs are to review their applications for eligibility and completeness and submit their nominees to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 1 February 2019. Graduate program resources will be posted in November.

Adjudication Procedures

CGS M applications are first reviewed and ranked by the applicant's UBC graduate program. The graduate program forwards its top-ranked applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applications. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members review and rank nominated applications and select which applications will be offered CGS M awards. The first round of award offers will be made on 1 April 2019.

Profiles of Award Holders

Hossein Foroozand

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
Hydrological monitoring networks design
UBC graduate student Samantha Schaffner

Samantha Schaffner

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
DNA Methylation as a Mediator of Individual Differences in Parkinson's Disease Susceptibility

Samuel Griffin

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Development of transition metal catalysts for C-C and C-N bond formation

Robert Izett

Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
Improving estimates of marine net community production in the Subarctic Pacific and Canadian Arctic Oceans using ship-based autonomous measurements and computational approaches
UBC graduate student Sophie Smit

Sophie Smit

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Moderators and mediators of behavioural parent training outcomes for children with ADHD: Evaluating the importance of addressing parent psychopathology and treatment process factors

Michelle Coombe

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Environmental sampling for the surveillance of bird flu in wild waterfowl

Mihai Cirstea

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
The Microbiome and Parkinson's Disease

Daphne Ling

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
The Neural Basis of Low-Dose versus Normal-Dose Psychostimulants on Executive Functions in Youth with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Brian Hayes

Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc)
Impact of spinal cord injury on the structure and function of the left ventricle

Further Information

Resources for applicants and referees are available on the Tri-Agency Harmonized CGS M website.