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Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program:
Master’s Scholarships—Special call for business-related applications

Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications

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University deadline:
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12 months (non-renewable) August 2009 Application form not available

Description, Value and Duration
Evaluation Criteria
Application Process
Administrative Regulations
More Information


In Budget 2009, the Government of Canada allocated $17.5 million over three years to SSHRC to fund additional Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) focused on business-related research. One hundred business-related CGS doctoral scholarships are being awarded in the current competition, and SSHRC will offer 200 business-related master's awards this summer through a special call for applications.

Most Canadian universities receive a CGS allocation indicating the number of students they can nominate for scholarships.

If you are interested in a research experience outside of Canada and hold any Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) at the doctoral level, you are eligible to apply for a Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements.


The Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s program seeks to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. This program, together with the SSHRC Doctoral Awards and Postdoctoral Fellowships programs, helps train Canada’s researchers and leaders of tomorrow.


Description, Value and Duration

The Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s program offers one-time non-renewable 12 month awards, valued at $17,500, and tenable only at recognized Canadian universities, to applicants who will be registered as full-time students in a master's program and in a discipline supported by SSHRC.

Successful applicants must take up their awards in May 2009, September 2009, or January 2010. The January start date is available only to award holders who cannot begin their program of study earlier, either because of an incomplete previous degree or because their chosen program of study is not available until the later date.


Eligibility to Apply in the 2009 Competition for Business-Related Applications

To qualify to apply to this program, you must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be applying for support to pursue your first graduate degree (i.e., master's or equivalent) and not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study at the proposed start date of the award: all previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of discipline, will be included in determining eligibility;
  • be pursuing research with a broad focus on business;
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent;
  • not have already received an award for master's-level study from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR;
  • not be applying for graduate funding in the 2008-09 academic year to NSERC or CIHR; and
  • not be pursuing a degree program that combines undergraduate and graduate degrees.


If you are or will be registered in a combined MA/PhD program, you must apply to the Doctoral Awards program for funding.

If you completed your bachelor's degree before January 1, 2004 (date all degree requirements were completed, not date of graduation) and have not been registered at a university since that date, you are not eligible to apply to this program.

Eligibility to Hold an Award

At the time of taking up the award, you must:

  • be registered full-time, at a recognized Canadian university, in the first year of a master's program in the social sciences or humanities with a broad focus on business that includes advanced research training (as defined in Program Eligibility below);


  • be registered full-time, at a recognized Canadian university, in a master's program in the social sciences or humanities with broad focus on business that includes advanced research training (as defined in Program Eligibility below), and have completed no more than 12 months of full-time study or equivalent at the graduate level.
  • be admitted unconditionally in a master's program (generally, this means having completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree).


A qualifying or "make-up" year of study is not eligible for support.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's Scholarships are available to those who are registered part-time because of a disability. For this purpose, disability is defined as "a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in his or her learning."

Federal government employees are eligible to hold an award only if on an unpaid leave of absence (no salary or special allowances permitted).

Program Eligibility

The scholarship is tenable only in programs of study that include significant research training. Research training normally involves:

  • demonstrating the ability to conduct original research by the completion of a thesis, major research paper or project; and/or
  • completing course work in research methods and/or statistics appropriate for the discipline or field of study; and/or
  • acquiring knowledge and experience sufficient to assess and interpret research and scholarship in the field.


Evaluation Criteria

Multi-disciplinary committees evaluate applicants based on:

Academic Excellence
Weighting: 60%
Academic excellence—as demonstrated by academic transcripts, awards and distinctions.
Research Potential
Weighting: 30%
Quality of analytical skills, ability to think critically, ability to apply skills and knowledge, judgement, originality, initiative and autonomy, determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time—as demonstrated in the description of program of study and by work experience, research contributions, letters of appraisal and, if applicable, the departmental appraisal.
Communication Skills
Weighting: 10%
As demonstrated in the description of the program of study and, if relevant, by work experience, community involvement and other extracurricular activities, as well as by letters of appraisal, the quality of presentation of the application and, if applicable, the departmental appraisal.


Application Process

Applications must be submitted via a university with a allocation for the CGS special call for business-related applications. Please check with your university for their internal deadline.


Administrative Regulations

All applicants and scholarship holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications and with the regulations set out in the appropriate award holder's guide.

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications based on the information provided in those applications. The Council also reserves the right to interpret the program regulations set out in its published materials.

More Information

Please address questions about the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s program to:

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Special Call for Business-Related Applications
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-943-7777
Fax: 613-943-1329