The Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (MSFSS) provides financial support to current Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) recipients to study abroad for a portion of their study program. Eligible students holding a CGS award may receive up to $6,000 for travel and accommodation to any eligible foreign university or research institution in the world.

Spring 2012 Deadline to SGS: Thursday May 24th, 2012. Eligible candidates must submit their completed paper application and all supporting documents in hard-copy to the Graduate Awards Office by 4:00 pm. A list of required documents to be included is provided below.

Instructions for Graduate Units

While the University is assigned a maximum quota, there is no departmental quota for this award. Please have all eligible applicants submit their application directly to the Graduate Awards Office.


Competition Quota

Each federal agency has determined a quota of applications that the University of Toronto is permitted to put forward. Thus please note, not all complete and eligible applications will be forwarded if the number of application received exceeds the allocated quota.


To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline;
  • be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application;
  • undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date, and no later than the last day of your CGS award tenure;
  • not hold or have held any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies; and
  • have accepted or hold one of the following:
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS (CIHR);
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Alexander Graham Bell CGS (NSERC);
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS (SSHRC); or
    • a Vanier CGS.


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

  • hold an active CGS award at the time your research study period abroad starts;
  • be registered full time 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; and
  • return to complete your degree in Canada.


How to Apply


Applicants must submit their completed application in hard-copy to the Graduate Awards Office. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Each application package must contain the following items:

  1. 1. Application Form:

Your submitted application must bear your original ink signature on the front page. Emailed and faxes copies of the application form are not accepted by the MSFSS agency. Please obtain your application from the funding agency of which you hold your CGS award.





*please note, you will be required to log in using your SSHRC account to access the application


To complete the application form, you will require the following information:

–        Host Supervisor Information:

the name and contact information of the host supervisor, and name and location of the foreign institution where you intend to pursue your research/study activities

–        Budget:

a budget that provides estimates for costs of travel, living and other expenses during your research study period abroad (to a maximum of $6,000).You may include an additional one page attachment to further detail your proposed budget.

  1. 2. Intended Research Plan:

a maximum 2-Page description (this includes all references and citations) of your intended research activities during your research study period abroad (including objectives, methodology, timelines and expected outcomes), an indication of how this relates to your main graduate research topic, and a description of the potential benefits that you will derive from working at, or attending, the host institution in relation to your current research objectives.

  1. 3. Two Letters of Support:

letters must be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes, or emailed or faxed directly from the Supervisor to the Graduate Awards Office. Letters may only be a maximum of 1-Page in length, and must be submitted on official letter head. Any translations must be performed by a certified translator.

a) one letter from your current U of T Supervisor. Your supervisor must include a justification or explanation as to why this research travel is required to complete your thesis or dissertation; and

b) one letter from the host Supervisor. This letter must come directly from the host Supervisor, a letter of admissions as a visiting scholar is not sufficient. Additionally, this letter must detail any resources they will be able to provide you with – e.g. supervising time, equipment, access to labs, libraries, etc. and any additional financial support.

  1. 4. Consent Form:

All applicants are required to submit a signed copy of the Consent to Disclose Personal Information form. Please find the document at the following sites:



SSHRC:         TBD – please note SSHRC is still reviewing whether they will be requiring a consent form.

Please consult the webapps requirements before submitting your application (


More Information

Please contact the council administering your CGS award for more information.

Research Training Portfolio
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-943-7777

Scholarships and Fellowships Division
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 1H5

Tel.: 613-995-5521

Research Capacity Development
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0W9

Tel.: 613-954-1968





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