The Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships aims to assist students in being financially successful during their studies at McMaster University. Apply for University aid and scholarships by completing the online aid application in Mosaic.
For more information and for a list of Bursaries and Programs available to Undergraduate Students, please click the link below:
The Community Contribution Awards represent recognition for contribution to the University or the community-at-large. To be eligible for consideration for a Community Contribution Award, students must be enrolled in Level II, III, IV or V of a first or second baccalaureate program. Eligible candidates must be enrolled and in good standing as a student of McMaster University.
Applications are available on Mosaic.
For more information and a list of the Community Contribution Awards available to Undergraduate Students, please refer to the link below:
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships Doctoral Program
Students are to complete their NSERC doctoral application on NSERC’s On-Line System. For complete instructions, please visit NSERC’s website.
Students will be contacted by their department regarding the internal McMaster deadline for applications.
Department administrative staff will assist you in uploading your transcripts to your application. Once all the applications are received through the On-Line System, the applications will be ranked by the internal McMaster NSERC Doctoral Ranking Committee.
The committee will put forward the top candidates to NSERC through the On-Line System and all applicants will be advised if they will be going forward or not be going forward to the federal competition. NSERC will release the federal results in the spring of each year.
Due Date: October 3, 2021
Minimum Eligibility: Please refer to NSERC for more information.
Students apply directly for a Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CIHR, NSERC AND SSHRC) in the NSERC government portal no later than December 1 of each calendar year. If December 1 lands on a weekend it would be the next business day.
For complete instructions, please visit the NSERC website.
If the student would like McMaster to consider his/her CGS-M application, the student must choose McMaster as 1 of the 3 universities where to submit his/her CGS-M application. McMaster will rank the applications submitted and upload the results in the CGS-M portal on April 1st of each academic year as specified by CGS-M.
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Minimum Eligibility: Please visit the NSERC website.
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs provide funding to full-time students at the master’s and doctoral levels. They are merit-based scholarships for students with an A- or above average.
Value and Duration
The value of the OGS and QEII-GSST awards is $5,000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms. You must hold the award for a minimum of 2 consecutive terms. Each scholarship is tenable for a one academic year.
How to apply
Students who apply for a CGS-M or CGS-D through McMaster University will be automatically considered for an OGS or QEII-GSST at McMaster. For incoming Master’s students who apply for a CGS-M, please remember to choose McMaster as one of the five universities to where you would like to submit your CGS-M application.
Students are limited in the number of years that they may hold an OGS or QEII-GSST.
Master’s students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Both are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.
In addition, OGS and QEII-GSST guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS or QEII-GSST or another government-funded award concurrently.
Awards under the following programs are included in these restrictions:
• Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
• Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology(QEII-GSST) (formerly OGSST)
• Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
• Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
• Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
• Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Eligibility to hold an OGS and QEII-GSST
To hold an OGS or QEII-GSST award, recipients:
• Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at McMaster University in an eligible graduate program.
• Have achieved at least an A- average (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
• Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full session will be required to repay the funds received for the incomplete months of study.
• Cannot hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST from any given year.
• May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student at McMaster Univeristy.
• Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment are ineligible. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship or the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) will not be awarded to students after their fourth year of doctoral study.
The School of Graduate Studies offers a number of scholarships for in-course students. Please check your McMaster email address in the Fall/Spring for more information on how to apply within Mosaic.
Information pertaining to individual scholarships can be found at the link below:
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually;
A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
$50,000 per year
3 years (non-renewable)
Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Due Date: September 6, 2022
Minimum Eligibility: Please refer to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships site.