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.

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.

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 currently hold one of the following CGS awards (Master's or PhD-level):
    • Joseph-Armand Bombardier (SSHRC)
    • Alexander Graham Bell (NSERC)
    • Frederick Banting and Charles Best (CIHR)
    • Vanier (if eligible)

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 visit 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

Students must notify their Department of their intention to apply. It is the student's responsibility to read all instructions and be familiar with the application process before applying.

Candidates applying for the CGS-MSFSS are to access the application from a single harmonized program description hosted on NSERC's website. Click the CGS-MSFSS (NSERC; SSHRC; CIHR) link under our "Additional Information" section on the right side of this page to access the application form. Each agency has its own application form and instructions; care should be taken to ensure that the appropriate form is used.

Applicants are to contact the respective granting agency if they are unsure about the eligibility of a particular host supervisor or host institution.

Eligible applicants must complete the appropriate web-based application form online; a printed copy of the form, and all other required documentation is to be submitted to their home department. 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 (max. 1 page); the supervisor must confirm the applicant's research is related to their CGS research topic in their letter of support.
  • Letter from host supervisor (max. 1 page) 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 (NSERC only)
  • Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information Form (SSHRC and CIHR)
  • Applicant Consent form for Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to CIHR for Peer Review (CIHR only)

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.

Nomination Procedures

Students must contact their department to notify their intent to apply and be considered for the CGS-MSFSS awards.

2021 CGS MSFSS Memo to Departments - October 2021 Competition

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.

Students are to consult with their department regarding their internal application process and deadline.

Deadline for departments to submit complete applications to FGSR: September 24, 2021 at 4PM

U of A deadline to submit recommended applications to the Tri-Agency: October 10, 2021