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Graduate Studies

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)


CGS Masters

CGS Doctoral


The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Awards administered by CIHR are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health related field in Canada. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

Students apply directly to CIHR and can find more information at the CIHR website.

Value and Duration:

$17,500 (one year)


December 1st, 2013

Technical Eligibility:

  • Applicant seeks support for first degree
  • At the time of the CIHR deadline the Nominated Principal Applicant must:
    1. have completed or be in the last year of a Bachelor's degree; or,
    2. have been registered for no more than ten months as a full-time student at the Master's level*; and/or,
    3. have been registered for no more than ten months as a full-time PhD student and were admitted to the PhD program directly from the Bachelor's degree*.
      * All previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of discipline, either course-based or research-based, and regardless of student status will be included in determining eligibility. Please note that two months of part-time or special student status study will be counted as one month of full-time study.
  • engaged in full-time master's or doctoral research training (research training is defined as a minimum of 30 hours/week dedicated to research and course work) in a graduate school are eligible for support.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant must not have already held an award from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR or any other federal source to undertake and/or complete a Master's or PhD degree.
  • The maximum duration of award funding from all federal sources to undertake graduate studies is four years, including a maximum one (1) year at the Master's level. The only exception is in the case of a Health Professional funded through the CIHR Fellowship award program.
  • With the exceptions noted below, applicants may submit only one training or salary award application per year (September 1 to August 31) to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) or to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • With the exceptions noted below, applicants must choose the most appropriate CIHR research training or salary award program for which they are eligible and they must wait until after they are notified of the decision of that application before they can submit another application to another funding opportunity. A request for funding through CIHR's Priority Announcements is not considered to be a duplicate application submission.

Subject Matter Eligibility:

Minor revisions have been made to the guidelines on subject matter eligibility. Applicants working in research areas where boundaries overlap are advised to state clearly in all applications for funding why they believe their proposals are appropriate for support by the agency to which they are submitting their application.

Required Documentation:

Complete all phases of the application at the following:

How to Apply:





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