International and Indigenous Program Funding Opportunities



The Faculty of Arts and Science encourages as many students as possible to undertake a significant, academic-related international experience during their academic careers, and supports faculty in developing such opportunities. International opportunities include partnerships developed with Indigenous nations both within Canadian borders and beyond.

Applications may be completed by students or faculty. The International Indigenous Funding Opportunities and Summer Abroad memorandum lists the deadline for submission



NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (CGS M) – 2018-2019


Student Deadline: December 1, 2017

Value/Duration:     $17, 500 for one year

Level of study:      To support Master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada

Required Legal Status:     Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)

Results:     April 1, 2018 via Research Portal



The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian Universities and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.


For full eligibility criteria, visit the Tri-agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program website.


Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission* to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation. *Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission by the deadline for their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first;
  • have completed, as of December 31, 2017, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in:
  1. a) the master’s program for which you are requesting funding; or
  2. b) the direct-entry doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
  3. c) the combined master’s-doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
  4. d) a master’s program that was or will be fast-tracked to a doctoral program, and you are requesting funding for the first 12 months of this doctoral program;

Note: Award holders who complete their Master’s degree prior to the end of the award end date may carry the balance of their CGS M award (1 or 2 sessions) to fund an eligible doctoral program which commences immediately after completing all the requirements of their Master’s degree at the same institution.

    • not have previously held a CGS M award; note that for CIHR and NSERC, scholarship support for graduate studies (master’s and doctoral) is limited to a lifetime maximum of four years (48 months) of full-time equivalency. If you have received the maximum support toward your graduate-level studies by any of the three federal granting agencies, you may not be eligible to apply for a CGS M;
    • have achieved a first-class average (3.5 GPA or A- average at U of T), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and


  • submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC (Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to five institutions).



Program of Study Eligibility

An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component.  A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of one of the following:  thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert reviewed at the institutional level and is a requirement for completion of the program. Master’s programs that are based only on course work are typically not eligible since they do not include a significant research component.


Clarification for SSHRC CGS M eligible programs: Programs formerly deemed eligible for SSHRC funding will continue to be considered eligible in the new harmonized program, more specifically, if the Master’s program is an acceptable basis for admission to the related PhD program (that is eligible for funding by SSHRC), SSHRC would consider the Master’s program to be an eligible program of study…”.


Application Process

Applicants must complete and submit an online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions (for all applicants) housed on NSERC’s website to locate details on how to complete their application. Additionally a Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and the confirmation number uploaded into the CGS M application on Research Portal.

When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to 5 separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Once completed and submitted online, the application will be accessible by all proposed universities the student has identified. Students applying for an award at U of T are not required to submit a paper application.
A completed CGS M application will include the following:
1.     Completed 3 part online application:
–         Identification
–         Summary of Proposal (written in lay language)
–         Activity Details
2.     Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment)
3.     Canadian Common CV (uploaded as a confirmation number)
4.     All official academic transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (as one PDF attachment)**
5.     Completed Reference Assessments (x2) – invitation initiated and form completed electronically
** registered students must provide official transcripts showing Fall 2017 registration.
Contacts and Resources
For more information, visit the CGS M webpage (housed on the NSERC website), and/or contact the SGS Graduate Awards Office at, Additional contact information is provided below:
Awards Officer, Federal 416-978-8260




Writing Plus 2017-2018


This document was copied from an e-mailed communication.

Here is a list of links to writing workshops and much more

  1. The full schedule for writing work shops is available at Writing Plus 2017-2018
  2. Students can find information about college writing centres at The teaching approach of the college writing centres is described at
  3. The home page for the website “Writing at the University of Toronto” is You can use the navigation bar or the search function to find pages relevant to your course. Students will benefit from your recommendations.
  4. More than 60 Advice files on all aspects of academic writing are available at A complete list of printable PDF versions are listed at
  5. You may in particular want to refer students to “How Not to Plagiarize” and other advice on documentation format and methods of integrating sources; these are listed in the section at
  6. Please refer students to the Writing Plus workshop series, described at A flyer for this series is attached.
  7. Information about the English Language Learning program (ELL) is available at
  8. Other activities include:
    • the Communication Cafe, which meets weekly at four different times and locations for the first five weeks of each term for practice with oral skills like class discussion and presentations
    • Reading eWriting, an online program that helps students engage course readings more effectively.  You can also find further instructional advice files for students and for classroom instruction on this site. For more information, please contact the ELL Coordinator.