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 Host Organization for your scholarship should you be successful in the competition].

The period of assessment and adjudication of CGSM applications is underway and on April 1st Western will upload its results, along with all other universities, 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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Complete fully both the tracking record(s) and the Detail Report PLUS complete the Rating (Column Y) on the Detail Report for every ranked and recommended application (either Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Average or Below Average). The Detail Report and the tracking record(s) for a graduate program may not match if any applicant(s) have not yet applied for admission by Feb 1st, have no prior affiliation with Western and therefore have no Western ID number. A CGSM applicant has until March 15th to apply for admission to any university he/she identified in the scholarship application.

In both the tracking record(s) and the Detail Report:

Graduate Program Committee

SGPS DEADLINE to finalize all tasks and submit the completed Detail Report to Paula Menzies is February 1, 2016 (5pm EST).

SGPS CGSM Selection Committee

Terms and Conditions

NEW! 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 are 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-Agencies. It is the responsibility of the research training award holder to access and review the Guide and comply with the regulations governing use of the award.



Updated September 1, 2016