Graduate Funding and Fellowship Awards

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Graduate funding is awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants. All applicants are automatically considered (no separate application is necessary).

In addition to grants awarded with University funds through the Department, the amounts of which are determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee, there are 4 basic ways to finance your graduate studies at McGill:

1. Competitive fellowships: These are scholarships awarded to students through national, international and university level competitions. Fellowships are the most prestigious awards because of the high level of competition. In general they range from a minimum of $5,000 per year to $35,000 or more per year. Fellowships are awarded by a variety of organizations and there are a number of internal fellowships (see lists below).
*Students who are eligible are strongly urged to apply in the fall before application to McGill to SSHRC and FQRSC (the main federal and provincial granting agencies).

2. Stipends: These are scholarships paid to graduate students from a professor's research grant. Because they are paid from a professor's grant, the recipients and value of these awards are at the discretion of the professor.

3. Assistantships: Graduate students can be offered two types of assistantships: teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Both are open to all graduate students, regardless of nationality.

4. Loans and bursaries: The McGill Student Aid Office is responsible for administering all needs-based financial aid. For more information visit

McGill Graduate Fellowships Competition Awards

The following are fellowships and awards for recruitment, research and study internships, and travel and research that are offered or administered by McGill University.

Recruitment Fellowships:

Max Stern-McCord Museum Fellowships (For applicants in Canadian Art History)

This fellowship, funded by a bequest from art dealer Max Stern and in accordance with his will, supports McGill graduate students whose research directly involves the McGill Visual Arts Collection. Established in 1991 by the trustees of the Max Stern Estate. The Department of Art History and Communication Studies invites applications for the Max Stern Museum Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility: Offered to meritorious graduate students in art history in the Faculty of Arts at McGill University whose research will directly involve McGill’s Visual Arts Collection (VAC). No citizenship restrictions. The Fellowship will be offered at $20,000 for a doctoral student and at $15,000 for a master’s student. Possibility of renewal for Summer 2018 at $5,000 for any candidate.

The ideal candidate is a student who is interested in a museum career. The Fellow will have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of how collections are managed and will be in a strong position to move forward later to a professional position at a museum. The collection’s strengths are in Canadian art with growing strengths in Asian and First Nations art, but students in other fields are also encouraged to apply. The collection and the collection records are available for research to advance toward the degree.

Under the supervision of the Director of Curatorial Affairs of the VAC, the Max Stern Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the research about the collection in advance of the migration of records on the 2300 works of art in the collection to a new database. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in team work on both small and major projects, such as the movement of large numbers of works of art before and after building renovations, installation of art on campus, visits to see private collections, and development of texts for the VAC website. The Fellow will be required to sign a document confirming that he or she will not divulge confidential information. Preference will be given to doctoral candidates who will have completed their coursework and comprehensive exams, but master’s students writing theses will also be considered.

To apply: Submit a one-page research statement detailing interest in the McGill Visual Arts Collection, a CV, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two references to: AHCS Student Affairs Office (graduate.ahcs [at] mcgill.cawith the subject line "Max Stern Fellowship Application". 

Deadline: April 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.

​Research/Study Internships:

For applicants studying any aspect of Architectural or Landscape History, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal offers research grant and curatorial programs:

Doctoral students at McGill University can apply online for the CCA Collection Research Grants Program.

Graduate students at McGill University, who are interested in Curatorial Opportunities at the CCA, can apply online for the Curatorial Internships Program and the Emerging Curator Program.

For students of Canadian Art History, the McCord Museum offers an internship:

The Fred and Betty Price Award: To support meritorious graduate students whose research directly involves the historic collections of the McCord Museum, furthers understanding in the fields of Canadian art history and material culture studies, and whose work disseminates the significance of the McCord collection.
For more information, contact sarah.kaderabek [at] (Sarah Kaderabek), Liaison Officer, Faculty of Arts.

Fellowships, Travel and Research Awards:

SSHRC Grants
This program provides grants to cover travel and cost of research for doctoral students in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Deadlines: October, January, April.
Value: up to a maximum of $5000.

Applicants whose research deals with Media, Technology and Culture may be eligible for travel grants and scholarships offered by Media@McGill.

Margaret Gillett Graduate Research Award
Applicants whose research deals with aspects of Women's Studies are eligible for the Margaret Gillett Graduate Research Award for travel and research-related expenses (excluding conference travel).
Value: up to $1000

East Asian Art History
Applicants in East Asian Art History should consult the fellowship and funding information on the Department of East Asian Studies

Bram Garber Fellowship in Art History
Students pursuing graduate studies in Art History at McGill, Faculty of Arts are eligible

Jean de Grandpré Prize

Awarded by the Department of Art History and Communication Studies to a graduate student in Communications who has done outstanding work in the field.
Value: $500-$750

The following McGill institutes and chairs offer a range of graduate students funding opportunities for which AHCS graduates are encouraged to apply.

Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (
Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminism (
Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy (

More detailed information on Graduate Funding and Fellowship awards can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral website at and the Faculty of Arts website at

External Graduate Fellowships Competition Awards

Students who are eligible are strongly urged to apply in the fall BEFORE application to McGill for SSHRC and FQRSC awards. We hold grant writing workshops in the department in September to help students prepare applications. The majority of our students are funded through these two granting agencies.

FQRSC (MA/PhD, Québec residents only)

Deadline: October
Value: PhD-$20,000 (3 years); MA-$15,000 (2 years)

SSHRC (MA/PhD, Canadian citizens)


Masters SSHRC

Deadline: October.
Value: $17,500 (up to 12 months).

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Deadline: October.
Value: $20,000 (up to 48 months).

CGS Doctoral SSHRC

Deadline: October.
Value: $35,000 (up to 36 months)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

For Canadian and International students: application by invitation through academic departments only. Administered through SSHRC.
Deadline: October.

Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

For Canadian doctoral students working on one of the following four themes: human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, and humans and their natural environment.
Deadline: October.

Canada-US Fulbright Student Awards

Intended for Canadian and American graduate students and junior professionals who wish to enrol in a graduate studies program or continue their current course of graduate study and/or research at a university or research centre in the United States or Canada, respectively.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)

The BAnQ is located in Montreal and offers a number of research grants to MA and PhD students registered in Quebec universities whose research directly involves their extensive collections.

- cinq bourses de mise en valeur: doctorat (12 500 $ chacune) ou maîtrise (9500 $ chacune);
- deux bourses thématiques: doctorat (12 500 $ chacune) ou maîtrise (9500 $ chacune);
une bourse concernant les relations France-Québec (3500 $);
une bourse exceptionnelle pour une recherche portant sur la collection de l'Institut canadien de Montréal (15 000 $).

For application instructions, see their website:

This is by no means a comprehensive list of external funding opportunities. Many museums, research institutes, collections, and libraries offer various types of funding for art historical research. Most of these are field-specific, so consult with your supervisor.

AHCS Graduate Student Travel Funding

The Department of Art History and Communication Studies provides funding for graduate student travel in two forms.

Media@McGill also provides funding for graduate student travel.

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT)

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT) support full-time Research Master’s or Doctoral students travel for research, conference presentations, field research, archival research, and collaborative research outside the University. Applications will be considered on a continual basis until April 1, or until the fund is exhausted.

All AHCS graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to PhD students who have completed their course requirements and comprehensive examinations. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a GREAT award in the same academic year.

Awards shall not exceed $750; partial awards may be given.

To apply, students must complete the AHCS GREAT Award application form here and send it to the AHCS Student Affairs Office (graduate.ahcs [at]

For successful applications, awards will be paid out within 2 weeks of award notification.  Recipients are required to submit proof of travel to the Office of the Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Graduate Studies) within 2 months of return.  Failure to do so may result in the award being revoked. Please send receipts to Sarah Kaderabek (sarah.kaderabek [at]

For more information, please visit:

Graduate Mobility Awards (GMA)

Graduate Mobility Awards (GMA) support travel for research stay at a lab abroad, field work abroad, archival research, and participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad. This award cannot be used to fund conference travel.  For the purposes of this award, “abroad” means outside Quebec. Awards are made by the Faculty of Arts based on departmental nominations.

Applications for AHCS nomination will be considered once in the fall term (October), and once in the winter term (February), or until funds are exhausted. See application details below for applicable deadlines. 

All AHCS graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply, provided they meet the eligibility requirements set out here:  (note: nominees from the Faculty of Arts are not required to indicate or provide a letter of support from a proposed host institution and/or host supervisor – letters are required only from the McGill supervisor).

Priority will be given to PhD students who have completed their course requirements and comprehensive examinations. Priority will be given to applications for travel required for thesis/dissertation research. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a GMA.

Award values depend on where the mobility activity takes place, its duration and the availability of funding at the time of application. Awards shall not exceed $2000; partial awards may be given.

To apply for nomination for a GMA, students must provide the following:

- Completed Graduate Mobility Award application form(Note: GPD and Associate Dean signatures are not required for preliminary consideration).

- A brief note from the applicant’s supervisor indicating endorsement of the travel indicated in the application.

Materials must be submitted electronically to the AHCS Student Affairs Office (graduate.ahcs [at] according to the following deadlines:

- Fall application period: no later than 5 pm on September 30th  

- Winter application period: no later than 5 pm on January 31st  

Candidates selected for nomination will be invited to submit a full application, including required supporting documents and a letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor.

Upon notification of an award, students are required to complete a Travel Registry Form in order to receive their funding. They must submit proof of travel to the office of the Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Graduate Studies) within 2 months of their return.