An analysis on the nonlinear dynamics of a cantilever functionally graded materials (FGM) cylindrical shell subjected to the transversal excitation is presented in thermal environment.Material properties are assumed to be temperature-dependent. Based on the Reddy’s first-order shell theory,the nonlinear governing equations of motion for the FGM cylindrical shell are derived using the Hamilton’s principle. The Galerkin’s method is utilized to discretize the governing partial equations to a two-degree-of-freedom nonlinear system including the quadratic and cubic nonlinear terms under combined external excitations. It is our desirable to choose a suitable mode function to satisfy the first two modes of transverse nonlinear oscillations and the boundary conditions for the cantilever FGM cylindrical shell. Numerical method is used to find that in the case of non-internal resonance the transverse amplitude are decreased by increasing the volume fraction index N.