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University of Saskatchewan (USask) Tri-Agency Master’s National Competition, Canada 2023/2024

Application is now open for the Tri-Agency Master’s National Competition at the University of Saskatchewan. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Saskatchewan and Program

Founded on March 19, 1907, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S, or USask) is a public research university in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is situated on the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River.

The three Canadian government entities that support research are together referred to as “tri-agencies”:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Students in Saskatchewan who are citizens of Canada or permanent residents (landed immigrants) may apply for support from Tri-Agency. Only applications from international students are accepted for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies oversees the nomination of candidates, award administration, and application procedure for the following contests. Every Tri-Agency tournament has different requirements for eligibility. High-achieving scholars enrolled in qualified Masters or, in certain situations, Ph.D. programs in Canada are eligible for financial support through the Tri-Agency CGS-M Scholarships (see Eligibility). These scholars can focus entirely on their research in their chosen subjects because of this funding.

Each year, students from various disciplines are supported by the CGS-M scholarships, which are jointly managed by Canada’s three federal awarding organizations: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Under the direction of the three agencies, the university handles the selection procedure and post-award management. Through the Research Portal, students apply to the university where they hope to receive their degree.

Details about the Tri-Agency Master’s National Competition at the University of Saskatchewan:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Scholarship Value: $17,500

Number of awards: Varies

Study level: Postgraduate/Masters

Host Institution(s): University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Courses: Engineering, Health Research and related, Natural sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities

Eligibility Criteria for Tri-Agency Master’s National Competition

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be qualified for the Tri-Agency Master’s National Competition at the University of Saskatchewan:

  • possess citizenship in Canada or be a permanent inhabitant of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, or plan to apply for, full-time admission* to a master’s or doctorate program in graduate studies at a Canadian university that has been CGS-M allocation;
  • having finished 0–12 months of full-time education (or the full-time equivalent) as of December 31 of the application year in:
  1. the master’s degree for which you are supporting your application; or
  2. the doctorate program for which you are seeking financing if you were accepted straight out of your bachelor’s program into a doctoral program (you never registered in a master’s program, or you are enrolled in a program that combines master’s and doctoral studies); or
  3. a master’s program, but are requesting funding for a doctoral program (for instance, a student who wants funding for the first 12 months of their doctoral program after being fast-tracked from a master’s to a doctoral program within 12 months of beginning their master’s program); and
  • not held a CGS-M in the past;
  • having completed the past two full-time equivalent years of study with a first-class average (at the University of Saskatchewan, this is a minimum of 80%); and
  • submit one CGS-M application at most every year (you can apply to up to three universities using the Research Portal; see the Application Procedure).

* Please see the Tri-Agency Award Holder’s Guide for information on admissions for part-time work.

Application Process for Tri-Agency Master’s National Competition

Applications for the CGS-M program must be filled out and submitted through the Research Portal. The instructions for completing a Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program Instructions for Completing an Application should be consulted by applicants. Applicants will be asked to choose up to three universities from whom they want to hold the prize through the Research Portal.

Candidates must only select institutions where:

  • they want to continue their education and are presently admitted or enrolled full-time in a qualifying program, or
  • by the date specified for their preferred graduate program, students will apply for full-time admission to a qualified program of study.

For more details, contact Graduate Awards & Scholarships.

Application Deadline: Every year in the fall semester, there is an application call for this award.

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