TriCouncil (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) Masters

NOTE: The deadline for this award has passed (December 1, 2023)

Award Quick Look

Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023

Amount: $17,500

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian
  • Permanent Resident


  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Management


  • School of Graduate Studies


  • December 1st*  (there is no internal deadline)
    *If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).


  • $17,500 for one year


  • CIHR: 2 award
  • SSHRC: 6 awards
  • NSERC 4 awards


  • See Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program for details
  • Canadian or Permanent Resident
  • full time graduate program with a significant research component
  • no more than 12 months in program as of Dec. 31st
  • achieved first class average (GPA of 3.5) in each of the last two years completed

Application Process

Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative offered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SSHRC, the pilot initiative will provide, to the limit of available funding, a $5,000 supplement to qualifying Indigenous Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s program (CGS M) award holders, and provide a $17,500 award and a $5,000 supplement to qualifying Indigenous candidates who are on the waitlist for the CGS M program. Applicants will use the same application form and follow the same application process as for the CGS M competition.


Playlist - Scholarships & Fellowships program application tutorials:


Live Q&A sessions for the CGS M program:


Tuesday, November 7 (in English) 

1 pm to 3 pm (Eastern Time)



Thursday, November 9 (in French)

10 am to noon (Eastern Time)



Tuesday, November 14 (in English)

1 pm to 3 pm (Eastern Time)



Tuesday, November 21 (in French)

1 pm to 3 pm (Eastern Time)



Thursday, November 23 (in English)

10 am to noon (Eastern Time)



These sessions will be hosted as live Q&A Webex events. They are supported by a series of informational videos available on the NSERC YouTube channel. These videos are intended to completely replace the presentation portion of the NSERC sessions, allowing NSERC and/or tri-agency staff and applicants to engage in a more in-depth and detailed Q&A session than we would normally have time for. Participants should watch the videos in advance and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind.


Please attend any of the sessions that best suits your schedule. Registration is not required.


For more information, please visit Graduate Scholarship -Master's website.

  • Selection process for CGS master’s students
  • Under this model, students will submit applications to the CGS program via the NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR Research Portal. The agencies will make the proposals available to up to three of the institution(s) to which the applicant intends to apply for admission for his or her master’s studies (incoming model).
  • The selection process will move from a two-stage process to a one-stage process. The institution(s) receiving the CGS applications will manage the selection process and award the CGS scholarships (the agencies will no longer conduct centralized, national selection processes for the master’s program).