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In addition to these awards, the University supports graduate students through teaching, research, and service fellowships and assistanceships. For these, contact your graduate chair or administrator for details.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

ValueUp to $6,000
Number offeredA total of 250 awards are available Canada-wide each year.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship at the Master's or PhD level (CGS-M or CGS-D), or a Vanier scholarship.

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 your graduate studies; and
  • have accepted or hold one of the following:
    • a CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Masters (CGS-M)
    • a CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS-D
    • 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 a graduate research studies 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; and
  • return to complete your degree in Canada.

For more information visit the Application Website or contact

DonorThe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funds visionaries, explorers and innovators who are searching for the scientific and technical breakthroughs that will benefit our country. We are Canada’s largest supporter of discovery and innovation. We work with universities, colleges, businesses and not-for-profits to remove barriers, develop opportunities and attract new expertise to make Canada’s research community thrive. We give Canadian scientists and engineers the means to go further because we believe in research without borders and beyond frontiers.

The 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.

DeadlineThe call for applications for this award will open in the Spring and Fall terms.