Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGSM)

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program (CGSM) 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 CGSM Program offers research training awards to 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies. The selection and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Eligible universities receive a CGSM allocation indicating the number of students to whom they can award scholarships; these allocations are divided into broad fields of study that mirror the three agency streams. Successful applicants will win one of the following awards depending on the focus of the research proposed:


Timeline and Deadlines


Applicant Eligibility

Program of Study Eligibility

Field of Research and Subject Matter Eligibility



Helpful Hints

Entry Instructions for Western as the Proposed Host Organization

Faculty – Enter the title of the Faculty that houses your proposed graduate program exactly as it appears in the list below:

Department/Division – Select the option that matches the name of your proposed graduate program at Western. To eliminate any confusion:

Graduate Program Responsibilities

The Research Portal

The Detail Report

Communicate with Applicants

Dear [Paula],

Greetings from Western University!

As the Graduate Program [Assistant] [Coordinator] in the [Department of Biochemistry] at Western, I am writing to confirm that we have received your application for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGSM) [to support your current Master’s studies next year] [and we are delighted that you have selected Western as a potential host institution for your scholarship should you be successful in the competition].

The period of assessment and adjudication of CGSM applications is underway and by April 1st Western will upload the results to the Research Portal.

[Add messaging regarding application for admission to the program here if applicable]

Best wishes for success and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the CGSM competition or admission to the [Biochemistry] graduate program.


Assess Eligibility

The External Scholarship Portfolio (The Tracking Record)

To access your CGSM Applications in Program Assessment:

Maintaining Applications and Which Fields to Use

Once you have completed your Detail Report for submission to SGPS, please complete the following fields in Program Assessment:

Graduate Program Committee

Selection Criteria




Academic Excellence

As demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards and distinctions.

Indicators of Academic Excellence:

·         Academic record (first-class average)

·         Scholarships and awards held

·         Duration of previous studies

·         Type of program and courses pursued

·         Course load

·         Relative standing (if available)


Research Potential

As demonstrated by the applicant’s research history, their interest in discovery, the proposed research, its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes.

Indicators of Research Potential:

·         Quality and originality of contributions to research and development

·         Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research

·         Significance, feasibility and merit of proposed research

·         Judgment and ability to think critically

·         Ability to apply skills and knowledge

·         Initiative and autonomy

·         Research experience and achievements relative to expectations of someone with the candidate’s academic experience


Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills

As demonstrated by the applicant’s past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations. 

Indicators of Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills:

·         Work experience

·         Leadership experience

·         Project management including organizing conferences and meetings

·         The ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical and/or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats

·         Involvement in academic life

·         Volunteerism/community outreach


SGPS DEADLINE to finalize all tasks and submit the completed Detail Report to Paula Menzies is February 1, 2018 (4pm EST).

SGPS CGSM Selection Committee

Terms and Conditions

The Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) have harmonized their post-award policies (where possible) for research training programs and have incorporated these policies into a harmonized Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder's Guide. These policies became effective as of September 1, 2016 and the Guide is available on NSERC's website. The Guide applies to Tri-Agency directly-funded training award holders. It contains all the forms that training award holders and the University need to facilitate post-award activities allowed by the Tri-Agency. It is the responsibility of the research training award holder to access and review the Guide and to comply with the regulations governing use of the award.



Updated December 14, 2017