Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)


Upcoming information session webinar details for the 2023/24 CIHR Scholarships will be found under the Tools and Resources tab.


Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program

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 pursuing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.

Find out how to apply to hold a CGS M at the University of Guelph here.


CIHR Doctoral Awards

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in a health-related field.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible to apply.

Value & Duration

$35,000 per year for three years 


Please carefully review both the CGS website. You may also wish to review CIHR's website for other doctoral funding opportunities.


The University of Guelph is an institution with a quota from CIHR. For the 2023-24 competition, Guelph may forward 7 applications for consideration by CIHR. 

CIHR Doctoral Application Process

Please note that this information is specific to those students submitting their applications through the University of Guelph only. Refer to the detailed instructions on the CGS website to ensure that you are submitting your application to the correct institution.

All applicants must submit their applications through the ResearchNet. Your ResearchNet application will prompt you to indicate if you are applying through a university or if you are applying directly to the agency. Please refer to the CGS website for directions on how to determine where you should submit your application.

Access the application on ResearchNet and instructions on CIHR's website. Note: The Signature Pages are required documents that you must include in your application.  Only the supervisor's signature is required.  No institutional signatures are required at the time of application but you still need to scan and upload all 3 pages.

Transcript Submission

Applicants must upload their own official transcripts to the application. Current Guelph students may be able to obtain their Guelph transcripts at no charge; please refer to “Ordering Transcripts” under Tools and Resources on our website. NOTE: Students are responsible for verifying the completeness and accuracy of transcripts uploaded to their application. Failure to do so may result in the disqualification of the application from consideration.

Print/Upload Signature Page

Although the page for the institutional signatures is part of the signature page document, the institutional signatures are not actually required at the time of application. The only signature required at the time of application is your advisor's signature (see the Print/Upload Signature Pages instructions). Please note that applicants must first enter their supervisor’s information in the Identify Participants section of the ResearchNet application. Once this step is complete, applicants must go to the Print/Upload Signature Page section and click the “Signature Page” link, which will generate a page that requires the supervisor’s signature.

CIHR Doctoral Application Deadline

Complete applications are due online by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on September 28, 2022.  Applications submitted online after this date will not be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their entire application, including transcripts and all attached files, is complete and in adherence to all guidelines set by CIHR, and that the application is submitted prior to the deadline.

Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the applicant’s proposed or current academic department/school and forwarded to the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS). The OGPS Awards Committee reviews the applications and selects those that will be forwarded to the national competition. The university is given a quota for applications that can be forwarded each year.

Applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected to be forwarded to the national competition by late November.

Contacts & Resources

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Awards Officers by email.