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Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s allocations reflect new distribution of CGS scholarships across the federal granting agencies

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada today released the 2021-22 fiscal year institutional allocations for the Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s (CGS M).

This year’s CGS M scholarship allocations by institution are based on a refreshed formula for the distribution of both CGS M and doctoral (CGS D) scholarships across the three agencies. Starting in 2021-22, distribution of the CGS scholarships will be as follows:

Agency CGS M CGS D
CIHR 795 750
NSERC 840 990
SSHRC 1,365 1,260

The refreshed distribution formula is based on an in-depth tri-agency review and reflects the evolution of graduate student enrolment data from Statistics Canada. This formula was guided by the principles of transparency, reliability, accuracy, accessibility, data stability and representativeness of the student population.

This new formula supports equitable access to funding for graduate students across all fields and disciplines and is aligned with the Government of Canada’s 2019 20% increase in the number of permanent CGS scholarships. The distribution formula will be reviewed every five years to ensure the scholarships continue to support graduate students in their chosen fields of study.

The CGS program is a key pillar of the granting agencies’ strategy to build research talent and retain high-calibre students at Canadian institutions. They are part of a suite of tri-agency and agency-specific research training programs.

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