CIHR Graduate Scholarships

Quick Facts

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in health sciences.

Late September to 1 December, depending on funding opportunity
$17,500 to $35,000


Complete eligibility criteria are available on the CIHR website.

Potential applicants should also be sure that they are submitting their application to the most appropriate of the three federal funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).  If applicants are unsure whether they should submit their application to CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC, they should send a half-page summary of their intended research proposal to one of the agencies and ask the agency to confirm in writing (including by e-mail) if they are eligible to apply to that agency. Applicants are advised to err on the side of caution, and ask the funding agency for an assessment rather than guess or assume incorrectly.

Permanent Resident
Incoming Students
Continuing Students

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the CIHR website.


CIHR administers several funding opportunities for graduate students. 

CIHR Doctoral Awards and Fellowships

Applications for Doctoral Research Awards and for Fellowships are submitted directly to CIHR. There is no university-level adjudication for these awards, though the on-line submission is done by the Office of Research Services. For more information about signatures and internal UBC deadlines, please see the Office of Research Services website.

CIHR CGS-Master's Awards

The CGS-Master's programs for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC are harmonized:

  • the online application system is expected to be available by mid-September 2015
  • applicants will submit a single online application, and can choose to have their application considered by up to five universities
  • applicants will upload their transcripts to the online application
  • the deadline for applicants to submit their application online will most likely be December 1, 2015
  • for further details, see:

Applications for Master’s funding 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 CIHR CGSM awards. The first round of award offers will be made on April 1, 2016.

Further Information

For further information, please consult the CIHR website.