Scholarships and Awards

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

This foreign study supplements program is open to eligible master’s or doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) (Joseph-Armand Bombardier [SSHRC], Alexander Graham Bell [NSERC], or Frederick Banting and Charles Best [CIHR]), or Vanier CGS holders who wish to undertake research outside of Canada for a defined period of time. There are multiple rounds in a year, please see the deadline section on this page for more information.

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  • Value
    The value of the CGS-MSFSS award is up to $6,000, based on the information and budget justification provided by the applicant. Supplements are non-renewable. The related research study period abroad normally lasts between two to six months, but must be for a minimum of two months.
  • Eligibility

    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. Be travelling for a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months
    - Not hold or have held any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies
    - Have accepted or hold one of the following active awards: a Master's or PhD-level CGS (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) or a Vanier CGS

    To remain eligible during the research study period abroad, you must:

    - Hold an active CGS award at the time your research study period abroad starts
    - Be registered full-time in your graduate program at a Canadian Institution for the duration of your research study period abroad
    - Take up the award within one year of receiving the notice of award for the CGS-MSFSS
    - Return to complete your degree in Canada

    Please Note: Postgraduate Scholarship- Doctoral Program (PGS D) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship holders are ineligible for this funding.

    Please click the the CGS-MSFSS (NSERC; SSHRC; CIHR) link under our "Additional Information" section on the right side of this page to read the full agency details, including eligibility requirements, for this competition.

  • Application Procedures
    Please submit a completed application to your department by their internal deadline.

    Candidates applying for the CGS-MSFSS will now access the application from a single harmonized program description hosted on NSERC’s website. Please click the CGS-MSFSS (NSERC; SSHRC; CIHR) link under our "Additional Information" section to access the application form.

    You must create an online account on one of the following agency-specific web-based forms sites, log on, and complete your application.

    Your department is to forward your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) by the University deadline (determined by the FGSR).

    FGSR will facilitate any revisions to your application if they occur following the submission of your application to FGSR. Winners must apprise FGSR of any changes to their outlined itineraries.

    A complete application includes the following:

    • Application form, which includes a budget proposal (available on the websites of the respective granting agencies)
    • A maximum two-page description of your intended research activities during your research study period abroad and a description of the potential benefits of this travel opportunity
    • Letter from current research supervisor; the supervisor must confirm the applicant’s research is related to their CGS research topic in their letter of support.
    • Letter from host supervisor indicating the resources available to support student’s planned research activities; non-academic host supervisors must demonstrate they have experience supervising graduate student research
    • Terms and Conditions of Applying Form
  • Nomination Procedures
    Please see Memo.
  • Adjudication Procedures
    Once received at the FGSR, nominations are reviewed for eligibility and completeness and are adjudicated. Recommended applications are forwarded to NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR for consideration. Once the granting agencies complete the review processes, they will announce the results to candidates, and to each institution by posting the list of all successful applicants by institution on the Tri-Agency Awards Extranet.

    June 10, 2019 Competition: Notifications of award for June 10, 2019 competition will be sent approximately two months after the receipt of applications, following the agency-specific review process.
  • Deadlines

    Currently there are two granting agency deadlines: June 10, 2019 and October 10, 2019

    June 10, 2019 Competition:

    • May 17, 2019 (4:00pm MST): deadline for departments to submit applications to FGSR
    • June 10, 2019: U of A deadline to submit recommended applicants to the Tri-Agency
    • Departments may set an earlier internal deadline to receive applications from students. Please contact your department to obtain this information.


    October 10, 2019 Competition:

    • TBA: deadline for departments to submit applications to FGSR
    • October 10, 2019: U of A deadline to submit recommended applicants to the Tri-Agency
    • Departments may set an earlier internal deadline to receive applications from students. Please contact your department to obtain this information.