Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela

Application Process
Evaluation and Adjudication
Funding Opportunities
Contact Information



On December 11, 2013, the Prime Minister announced the creation of the Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela (CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela). These awards celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy, and his tireless pursuit of peace, democracy, justice and freedom through learning, understanding and education.

The awards seek to recognize and support graduate students conducting research in one or more of five areas championed by Nelson Mandela:

  • national unity;
  • democracy, freedom and human rights;
  • leadership;
  • children’s participation in society; and
  • children’s health.

Up to 10 CGS Master’s (CGSM) and up to 10 CGS Doctoral (CGSD) awards that include “in Honour of Nelson Mandela” in their CGS title will be given to recipients whose work is aligned with one or more of the above research areas championed by Nelson Mandela during his lifetime. This honorary mention will apply for the duration of the CGSM or CGSD award.

The CGS competitions themselves are administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Please follow the links under Funding Opportunities below for information on eligibility and how to apply for a CGSM or CGSD.



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Application Process

There is no separate application process for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela.

CGSM and CGSD applicants will be considered for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela if their application title—or keywords in their application—exactly match one or more of the above five research areas, and they are among the highest-ranked recipients of a CGSM or CGSD in the competition year in which they applied.

CIHR and SSHRC CGSM and CGSD award recipients who meet the above eligibility requirements will be contacted to confirm that they grant their permission to have their application put forward for a CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela, and will also be asked to consent to having the information in their application shared with CIHR and SSHRC personnel for the purposes of managing the application review process.



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Evaluation and Adjudication

A selection panel will review the research proposal portion of eligible applications of CGSM and CGSD recipients and rank them on the basis of:

  • the degree to which the subject matter of their proposed research aligns with Nelson Mandela’s legacy; and
  • the potential of their proposed research to contribute to promoting better understanding of subjects/areas of importance to Nelson Mandela.

The multidisciplinary selection panel will comprise members familiar with Nelson Mandela’s work and/or contributions in one or more of the areas of social concern and action championed by him during his lifetime. Members of the panel will recommend up to 10 CGSM recipients and up to 10 CGSD recipients for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela.

CIHR and SSHRC will inform the candidates considered for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela of the outcomes of the related selection process in late summer.

Recipients of the CGSM and CGSD to Honour Nelson Mandela will be required to comply with the regulations set out for all CGSM and CGSD recipients (see the funding opportunity descriptions, linked below).



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Funding Opportunities

Master’s

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Master’s Scholarships provide support for individuals undertaking master’s degrees at Canadian institutions in a health-related field.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Master’s Scholarships provide support for individuals undertaking master’s degrees at Canadian institutions in the social sciences and humanities.

Doctoral

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards provide support for students undertaking a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships provide support for individuals undertaking doctoral studies at Canadian universities in the social sciences and humanities.



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Contact Information

For more information about this opportunity, please contact:

CIHR
CGSM Award Program Delivery Coordinator
Tel.: 613-952-0763
Email: cgsma@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

CGSD Award Program Delivery Coordinator
Tel.: 613-952-5701
Email: DRA@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

SSHRC
Tel.: 613-943-7777
Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca