Grant Name: Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements





Agency: June 10 and October 10 each year
Institution: see Selection process


The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) support high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

Supplements of up to $6,000 are available to active CGS (master’s or doctoral) or eligible Vanier CGS holders to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period. A total of 250 awards are available each year and are divided among the three agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This reflects the distribution of CGS and eligible Vanier CGS across the health-related disciplines, the natural sciences and engineering and the social sciences and humanities: 45 for CIHR, 80 for NSERC and 125 for SSHRC. Additional supplements may be awarded should funds become available.


To be eligible to apply for this supplement, you must:

  • have accepted or currently hold a CGS (master’s or doctoral) or eligible Vanier CGS
  • undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date;
  • not hold, or have held, any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies.

To remain eligible during the research study period abroad, you must:

  • hold an active CGS at the time your research study period abroad starts
  • be registered 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
  • return to complete your degree at your Canadian institution

How to Apply?

Each agency has its own application form, instructions, and consent forms and care should be taken to ensure that the appropriate form is used.

You will be required to provide the following information:

  • the name and contact information of your CGS or Vanier CGS research supervisor and of the proposed host supervisor
  • the name and location of the proposed host institution
  • a maximum two-page description of your intended research activities during your research study period abroad (including objectives, methodology, timelines and expected outcomes) and how they relate to your main graduate research topic, and a description of the potential benefits you will derive from the host institution in relation to your current research objectives
  • a budget that provides estimates for costs of travel, living and other expenses during your research study period abroad
  • a letter from your CGS or Vanier CGS research supervisor detailing their support for your research study period abroad and confirming that your proposed research aligns with the research from your CGS award (maximum one page)
  • a letter from your host supervisor detailing their support for your research study period abroad and the resources they have available—financial (if any), supervision time, equipment, library access, etc.—to support your planned research activities (maximum one page)
  • for CIHR, 1)  application consent form and 2)  Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information; for NSERC, Terms and Conditions of Applying Form (form-fillable); for SSHRC,  Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information Form.

Funding Amount

Up to $6000 for a period of research study abroad

Contact Information


Program Design and Delivery Branch


Scholarships and Fellowships Division


Research Training Portfolio

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