Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program

Canada Graduate Scholarships

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements ( CGS – MSFSS ) are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Alexander Graham Bell or Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship ( CGS ) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.

This CGS-MSFSS supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada.

Supplements of up to $6,000 are available to active CGS Master’s, CGS Doctoral or eligible Vanier CGS holders to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period.

A total of 250 CGS-MSFSS awards are available each year, and they are divided as follows among the three granting agencies to reflect the distribution of CGS awards across the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related disciplines:

  • 125 awards for SSHRC;
  • 80 awards for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ( NSERC ), and
  • 45 awards for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ( CIHR ).

Each eligible institution is allocated a predetermined number of supplements by each granting agency, as appropriate. CIHR may not allocate a predetermined number of supplements to each institution, as appropriate. The faculty of graduate studies ( or its equivalent ) is informed of the number of supplements available to them in each of the three areas of research disciplines. The faculty of graduate studies ( or its equivalent ) is required to set up an internal selection process to select which applications requesting CGS-MSFSS funds are to be forwarded to the respective granting agencies.

Eligibility for Canada Graduate Scholarships

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must :

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline;
  • be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application;
  • undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date;
  • not hold or have held any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies; and
  • have accepted or hold one of the following types of CGS :
    • a master’s or doctoral-level Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS ( CIHR );
    • a master’s or doctoral-level Alexander Graham Bell CGS ( NSERC );
    • a master’s or doctoral-level Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS ( SSHRC ); or
    • a Vanier CGS.

Application Procedures for Canada Graduate Scholarships

If Candidates are a qualified applicant, they must complete the necessary documentation and submit it to their faculty of graduate studies ( or its equivalent ) for consideration.

A tri-agency application form is available on the individual websites of the three granting agencies ( SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR ).SSHRC applicants must use the SSHRC CGS-MSFSS application form. Candiadtes will be required to provide :

  • the name and contact information of the host supervisor, and name and location of the foreign institution where you intend to pursue your research / study activities;
  • a maximum two-page description of your intended research activities during your research study period abroad ( including objectives, methodology, timelines and expected outcomes ), an indication of how this relates to your main graduate research topic, and a description of the potential benefits that you will derive from working at, or attending, the host institution in relation to your current research objectives; and
  • a budget that provides estimates for costs of travel, living and other expenses during your research study period abroad ( to a maximum of $6,000 ); and
  • for CGS Master’s and Vanier CGS recipients only, a copy of the research proposal for your most current CGS research proposal.

In addition, both your current research supervisor and the potential host supervisor must submit letters detailing their support of your research study period abroad. Host supervisors must also indicate that they have the resources available ( e.g., financial, if any; supervision time; equipment; library access; etc. ) to support your planned research activities.

Granting agency deadlines

There are two deadlines for the CGS-MSFSS funding opportunity : 10th June and 10th  October. Late or incomplete applications will be rejected.

Note: If an institution’s allocation for CGS-MSFSS’s has been reached by the 10th June deadline, there may not be an opportunity for further applications from that institution to be accepted for the 10th October deadline. If, however, a granting agency’s total CGS-MSFSS allocation has not been reached by the October 10 deadline, an additional opportunity for further applications may be added in February, as appropriate.

Canada Graduate Scholarships