Award Announcement

TO: Divisions I, II, III & IV – Graduate Coordinators, Graduate Administrators

FROM: Katie Lindeman, Award Officer, Federal

DATE: August 16, 2012

RE: 2012-2013 CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements for CGS Award holders


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.


Fall 2012 Deadline to SGS: Friday September 21st 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;

·         research study period abroad must be for a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months.

·         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 awards:

ü  a master’s- or doctoral-level Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS (CIHR);

ü  a master’s- or doctoral-level Alexander Graham Bell CGS (NSERC);

ü  a master’s- or doctoral-level Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS (SSHRC); or

ü  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.


Value and Duration

The value of the CGS-MSFSS is up to $6,000, based on the information and budget justification provided in the application. Supplements are non-renewable.

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. Application Form:

Your submitted application must bear your original ink signature on the front page. Applications received by email or fax are not accepted. Please obtain your MSFSS application from the website of the granting council of which you hold your CGS award.

NSERC: ServicesEnLigne/pdf/CGS-MSmith-FSS_e.pdf



*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


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.


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.

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.

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:





More Information

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



CGS-MSFSS Research Training Portfolio SSHRC

350 Albert Street P.O. Box 1610

Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-943-7777



CGS-MSFSS Scholarships and Fellowships Division NSERC

350 Albert Street

Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5

Tel.: 613-995-5521 Email:

CIHR CGS-MSFSS Research Capacity Development CIHR

160 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON

K1A 0W9

Tel.: 613-954-1968




Katie Lindeman

Awards Officer (Federal)

School of Graduate Studies

University of Toronto

63 St. George Street, Room 202

Toronto, ON M5S 2Z9

P: 416-978-8260  F: 416-971-2864



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