Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS M) Program


Applicants: Likely December 2021

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Permanent Resident

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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 citizens or permanent residents 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 (1 page) and bibliography and citations (1 page) - applicant uploads as a PDF
    • Follow CGSM’s page limit (1 page for each of outline and bibliography) and presentation standards, as there will not be an opportunity to revise these documents after the application deadline.  If the documents exceed the page limits or do not follow the presentation standards (ex. Too small font), the portion that exceeds the page limit will be blocked off from view in the university-wide stage of the award competition.
  • All up to date, official undergraduate and graduate official transcripts  - 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.
    • UBC transcript:
      • Request the “Academic History” document from your UBC graduate program.   Official UBC transcripts ordered from Enrollment Services are also acceptable. The grade summary page from your SSC account is not acceptable. 
      • The UBC transcript must include Fall 2020 (2020W1) registration.
      • Must include UBC transcript key. The current version is available here:
    • Other transcripts:
      • Check with your UBC graduate program as they may have some or all of your transcripts on file in the “eVision” system.  Note: The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is unable to provide transcripts.
      • Your UBC graduate program might not have all of your transcripts on file.  Plan ahead and check with your graduate program early, so that you know which transcripts they have on file and which transcripts you will need to order from your past institutions. 
      • Due to COVID-19, in most cases UBC staff are working remotely.  If you need to order transcripts from past institutions for your application, order transcripts (where possible) that can be sent electronically, not by mail.  The transcripts can be sent electronically to your UBC graduate program.  Most UBC staff are currently unable to access transcripts that are mailed to UBC.  If your past institution does not offer electronic transcripts, contact your UBC graduate program to discuss alternate options.
      • For students including foreign transcripts, if the transcripts are not presented in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French), a certified translation must be provided, in addition to the official transcripts in its original language.
    • All transcripts must include one copy of the transcript key/legend (typically found on the back of each paper transcript page)
    • “All undergraduate and graduate transcripts” includes transcripts from transfer credit courses and exchange or study abroad terms.  The transcripts from those institutions must be provided.
    • Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall session of the year of application (if currently registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered).
    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are submitting a complete transcript package in their CGSM application.
  • 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
    • Per CGSM, “You will not be able to submit your application until these assessments have been completed and linked to your application. It is your responsibility to ensure your references complete and submit their assessments early enough to allow you to submit your complete application in the research portal before the December 1 deadline”.

Affiliated Fellowships-Master's: 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 by the CGSM application deadline.

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, 29 January 2021. Graduate program resources (ex. application checklists) will be posted in late November.  The nomination allocation/quota document will be posted in January.

Adjudication Procedures

CGS M applications are first reviewed and ranked by the applicant's UBC graduate program. The graduate program forwards its top-ranked applications 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 applicants will be offered CGS M awards. The first round of award offers will be made on 1 April 2021.

Further Information

Resources for applicants and referees are available on the Tri-Agency Harmonized CGS M website.  The October 26, 2020 webinar for UBC CGS-M applicants is available to view here:


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