Tri-Council Fellowships

The major external granting agencies for Canadian graduate students are within the Tri-Council group – the Natural Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). At the master’s level, the agencies offer one year fellowships worth $17,500.


NSERC provides support for natural sciences and engineering students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in post secondary research projects. Visit the NSERC website for more information.


SSHRC provides financial support for post secondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities for students pursuing master’s studies in social sciences or humanities. SSHRC funding opportunities for graduate students are available through the Talent program.Visit the SSHRC website for more information.


CIHR is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research and provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research:

  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health

Visit the CIHR website for more information.

Tri-Council Master’s Award Harmonization

Please note that the Tri-Council (CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC) CGS Master’s award submissions have been harmonized. For information and instructions, please review harmonized Tri-Council Awards – CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC.