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Funding Graduate Studies

A variety of funding options are available to help you cover your study, research and living expenses while you are at McGill.

Graduate Student Expenses

Cost of Study

McGill's minimum residence requirement is three terms for the MA and six terms (3 years) for the Ph.D program.  Following this period, graduate students can register as half-time.  International students are also required to pay for compulsory medical health insurance throughout their time at McGill. Books and library fees are another important expense each term. 

Further details about student expenses can be found on McGill's Student Accounts website.

Cost of Living and Housing

Living costs in Montreal are about average for a large North American metropolitan area. Fellowships and teaching assistantships are considered adequate income for a single student with no dependents.

Campus Housing 
A limited number of rooms and apartments are available on campus for graduate students.  For further information regarding on-campus housing, visit McGill's Graduate Housing webpage.  You can also call the housing department directly at 514-398-6050, or grad [dot] residences [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email them).

Off Campus Housing
If you prefer to find off campus housing, begin your search by visiting McGill's Off-Campus Housing page, which includes apartment listings throughout the city.  You can also call the off-campus housing department at 514-398-6010.

 

Types of Funding

Stipends and Teaching or Research Assistantships

The Department offers a limited number of paid teaching assistantships and research assistantships.  Each of these requires a certain number of work hours per term, and is arranged on an individual basis.  In other cases, stipends can be awarded from McGill faculty members' research grants or other research funds.  Internal funding is offered on an individual basis.  Students and postdocs should consult with the department and their supervisor to find out what internal funding options are available to them.

Grants and Fellowships

Students can apply for a variety of fellowships and funding opportunities either through McGill or other sources.  The Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies website provides details about these opportunities, application deadlines and how to apply.  Also see the Grants, Fellowships, etc. tab (above, right) for guidance in finding funds that relate specifically to anthropology graduate students.

Teaching Assistantships

TA Positions Available for the Winter 2015 Term

A Teaching Assistant is a graduate student appointed to assist a Course Supervisor with the instruction and evaluation of students in a course. A teaching assistant works under the guidance and supervision of the Course Supervisor who is responsible for setting the course objectives, content and method of instruction as well as final grades and grading practices of the course.

Teaching Assistantships positions available for Winter 2015 term:


To apply, fill out and submit the online TA Application Form

NOTE: Announcements are considered tentative, pending final determination of course offerings and enrolments.

Becoming a TA / Finding a TAship

Teaching assistantships vary from year to year.  Information about available Teaching Assistantship positions is shared primarily in three ways:

  • Department email to all graduate students 
  • Posting on the CaPS website
  • Posting via Department website

Available positions for the Fall Term are posted in early May, and positions for the Winter Term are posted in October.  Applications for these positions are usually due within a month of their posting.

Teaching Assistantship Forms

If you are accepted for a TA position, you must complete the following forms and return them with your signed offer letter by email to gradprogram [dot] anthropology [at] mcgill [dot] ca, or in person to the Student Affairs located in Leacock Building, room 712.

AGSEM Membership Form

Personal Data Form (for new TAs only)

You must also complete the TA Workload Formbefore the end of the add/drop period, with your assigned Professor and submit it to the Administrative Service Centre, Student Affairs, located in Leacock Building, room 712.

For any questions or concerns, please contact connie [dot] digiuseppe [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Connie Di Giuseppe), Manager - Student Affairs (Departments of Anthropology / History and Classical Studies / Jewish Studies / Sociology).

AGSEM: McGill's Teaching Union

As a Teaching Assistant you automatically become a member of AGSEM, McGill's Teaching Union.  AGSEM also represents exam invigilators, course lecturers and instructors.  Visit the AGSEM website for more information.

Teaching Resource Centre

Visit our very own Teaching Resource Centre for resources on teaching!  The centre is housed in the Graduate Student Lounge (Leacock 836 - see the administrative staff for admittance or to obtain a key) for the benefit of TAs and others who are teaching anthropology. It includes several books relating to teaching, including those below.

General teaching resources:
Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers, by Wilbert McKeachie (2002). (features useful, straight-forward tips; chapters are short and organized by topic)
Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, edited by Patricia Rice and David McCurdy (2000). (provides different teaching ideas customized for archaeology and cultural anthropology)
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks (1994) (addresses teaching in a multicultural environment; also talks about participatory education and Paulo Freire)

On grading, assessment, and evaluation design:
The Art of Evaluation: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers, by Tara Fenwich and Jim Parsons (2000). (a Canadian book on the evaluation of adult learning)
McGill course pack for EDPE-670 Evaluation in Higher Education. (includes list of academic resources)

Resource Binder:
A 2002 survey of McGill Anthropology TAs indicated that some TAs were interested in research/theory, while others wanted concrete tips. A Resource Binder in the resource centre responds to both needs with article-length readings as well as tip lists. The binder is organized by topic, but some topics have more resources than others – please bring in or write in anything you have to add in any of the sections! The topics include:

  • Diverse Learners
  • Course & Syllabus Design
  • Teaching Strategies (lecturing, instructional technologies presentations, discussion, group work, etc.)
  • Grading (and assessment more generally)
  • Giving Feedback
  • The First Class
  • Especially for TAs
  • Difficult Situations
  • Teaching Portfolios

The binder also includes documentation from a series of teaching workshops for Anthropology graduate students.  Separate sections for each workshop contain an overview of the individual workshop, its learning outcomes, any handouts, and the results of the workshop peer evaluation.

SKILLSETS Teaching Resources

SKILLSETS is a centrally-managed program jointly hosted by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and McGill's Teaching and Learning Services.  They develop and promote interdisciplinary professional development offerings for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  They host workshops and other events focused on teaching strategies and improvement.  Visit the SKILLSETS website for more information about specific teaching resources.

AAA Teaching Materials Exchange

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) hosts a Teaching Materials Exchange that allows you to search and find teaching materials and syllabi using keywords, region, course level, class size or instructor.  A great resource, particularly for new teachers!

 

 

 

 

Grants, Fellowships, etc.

A variety of internal and external funding options are available to you as a McGill graduate student in anthropology.  The information listed below is a general outline to help you get started.  All deadlines are approximate.  Please refer to each individual funding agency for full details.

Additional overviews and information can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Funding page, at Scholarships and Student Aid, and in the Faculty of Arts listing of Awards and Grants.

You can also graduate [dot] fellowships [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email the Graduate Fellowships Office) directly with questions.

Canadian Students

Canadian graduate students or graduate students with permanent residency in Canada can apply for the following funding sources to support anthropology research.* 

MA Students

Funding Source Name and Notes
(click links for details)

Deadline
(to Department or Source)
Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Travel Award: For travel and the dissemination of research Mid-September, Mid-January OR Mid-May
SSHRC CGS: Must apply to department Late October (department submission)
Mackenzie King Scholarships: Must be a graduate of a Canadian university Early February
International Federation of University Women: Must be a woman Late June
Wolfe Graduate Fellowships: For research in science, technology and society, ideally in last year of program (thesis-writing) Mid-April
McCord Museum-Related Research Funding: Two different awards to support research directly involving the McCord Museum collections Late April and Late May
FQRSC: Must be a Quebec resident 3 months before proposed start of research
IIS (BMP) FQRSC: For industrial innovation research 3 months before proposed start of research
Tomlinson Master's Fellowships: Awarded by the department upon admission n/a

 

Ph.D Students

Funding Source Name and Notes
(click links for details)

Deadline
(to Department or Source)
Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Travel Award: For travel and the dissemination of research Mid-September, Mid-January OR Mid-May
Vanier CGS: By university nomination only, must apply to department Late September (department submission)
Trudeau Foundation Scholarships: By university nomination only, must apply to department Early October (department submission)
SSHRC CGS: Must apply to department Late October (department submission)
Wenner-Gren Foundation Grants: For fieldwork November 1 OR May 1
Mackenzie King Scholarships: Must be a graduate of a Canadian university Early February
Wolfe Graduate Fellowships: For research in science, technology and society, ideally in last year of program (thesis-writing) Mid-April
McCord Museum-Related Research Funding: Two different awards to support research directly involving the McCord Museum collections Late April and Late May
International Federation of University Women: Must be a woman Late June
FQRSC: Must be a Quebec resident 3 months before proposed start of research
IIS (BMP) FQRSC: For industrial innovation research 3 months before proposed start of research
Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships: Awarded by the department upon admission n/a

*Canadian MA or Ph.D students whose research studies health in addition to anthropology should also look up the following funding sources:

Funding Source Name and Notes
(click links for details)

Deadlines
(to Department or Source)
 
FRQS: Must be a Quebec resident and apply to department Early September (department submission)
CIHR CGS Early November (check with CIHR for doctoral awards)

International Students

Graduate students with non-Canadian citizenship can apply for the following funding sources to support anthropology research.* 

MA Students

Funding Source Name and Notes
(click link for details)

Deadline
Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Travel Award: For travel and the dissemination of research Mid-September, Mid-January OR Mid-May
Wolfe Graduate Fellowships: For research in science, technology and society, ideally in last year of program (thesis-writing) Mid-April
McCord Museum-Related Research Funding: Two different awards to support research directly involving the McCord Museum collections Late April and Late May
International Federation of University Women: Must be a woman Late June

Ph.D Students

Funding Source Name and Notes
(click links for details)

Deadline
(to Department or Source)
Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Travel Award: For travel and the dissemination of research Mid-September, Mid-January OR Mid-May
Vanier CGS: By university nomination only, must apply to department Late September (department submission)
Trudeau Foundation Scholarships: By university nomination only, must apply to department Early October (department submission)
Wenner-Gren Foundation Grants: For fieldwork November 1 OR May 1
Mackenzie King Scholarships: Must be a graduate of a Canadian university Early February
Wolfe Graduate Fellowships: For research in science, technology and society, ideally in last year of program (thesis-writing) Mid-April
McCord Museum-Related Research Funding: Two different awards to support research directly involving the McCord Museum collections Late April and Late May
International Federation of University Women: Must be a woman Late June
PBEEE (Quebec Merit Scholarship): By university nomination only, must submit eligibility screening form to department Early July (screening form submission)
Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships: Awarded by the department upon admission n/a

*American Ph.D students are also eligible for the following funding sources:

Funding Source Name and Notes
(click links for details)

Deadline
Fulbright U.S. Student Program: For fieldwork abroad; must apply as an At-Large applicant Mid-October
American Association of University Women Fellowships: For dissertation writing; must be a woman Early November
Global Studies Foundation Grant: Fieldwork must include study of a foreign language Early July

Additional Funding Options and Ideas


PLEASE NOTE: The below opportunities and organizations are not guaranteed.  This list was generated between 2012 and 2014 and includes opportunities from those years that may be available in any given year.  Approach this list as an aid to begin exploring your options.  

Internship and Fellowship Programs, Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)
IHSP offers yearly Research Fellowships to students whose current or proposed dissertation topics are interdisciplinary and connected to understanding how social conditions impact population health and welfare.  Their Internship Program offers research opportunities and diverse training that investigate how social conditions affect health and well-being.  
Website
Application deadline: early April

Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)
IHSP has also worked in collaboration with McGill’s Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project to offer graduate student fellowships on the topic of health care. Details for 2014: $4000 to successful applicants with innovative research projects focused on investigating the relationship between language and access to health or social services.
Website
Application deadline: early March

McBurney Fellowship Program
The McBurney Fellowship Program provides support to students who plan to travel to Latin America in order to participate in a program or project that improves the health status and/or social conditions of marginalized populations in Latin America.  Applications can be submitted directly to the program each year.  Students receive $3500 to cover travel costs and a small stipend for 8 weeks of field study.  Administered by McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy.
Website
Application deadline: January

Margaret Gillett Graduate Research Awards
These awards are granted by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) in honour of Dr. Margaret Gillett, Macdonald Professor of Education at McGill University (retired). Dr. Gillett initiated the Women's Studies program at McGill. Graduate students in any McGill department who are conducting research in Women's Studies leading to a degree are eligible to apply. Applicants may be, but are not required to be, enrolled in the Graduate Option in Gender and Women’s Studies. Up to two awards valued from $500 to $1000 each are awarded for research expenses, including travel for research purposes.
Contact: caili [dot] woodyard [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Caili Woodyard), phone 514-398-3911 ext. 1
Application deadline: early March

Prix d'excellence de l'ACSALF Georges-Henri-Lévesque
Association canadienne des sociologues et anthropologues de langue française (ACSALF) donne ce prix pour promouvoir au deuxième cycle universitaire le dynamisme, la synthèse, l’accroissement et la diffusion de la culture savante de la sociologie et de l’anthropologie. Parmi une sélection de finalistes, il couronne habituellement deux mémoires de maîtrise rédigés en français, l’un en sociologie et l’autre en anthropologie. Soulignant de manière concrète la réalisation exceptionnelle de nos meilleur(e)s étudiant(e)s, ce prix a, par le passé, servi de tremplin à plusieurs carrières en recherche et en enseignement.
Website
Application deadline: late May

Desjardins Foundation
More than 300 scholarships awarded in all fields and at all levels of study. Some scholarships are as much as $10,000. Education has always been Desjardins Foundation’s main priority. We work to promote knowledge as a way of contributing to the advancement of society and helping individuals reach their full potential. We make secondary, vocational, CEGEP, college and university studies accessible to young people from all walks of life. We reward excellence and encourage students to stay in school until they graduate.
Website
Contact: amelie [dot] larin [at] desjardins [dot] com (Amélie Larin), 514-281-7000/1-800-443-8611, extension 7997
Application deadline: from mid-January to mid-March

Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS) of CSSS Cavendish
Offers two research grants each worth $10,000 to university researchers to facilitate the development of a research project in partnership with our practitioner researchers in leading edge practices.
Website

Faculty of Arts Internship Awards
Each year the Faculty of Arts offers students interning in their field of study the opportunity to apply for Arts Internship Awards. These awards help students off-set the costs of travel, accommodation and other expenses associated with their internships. Established through the generous support of McGill alumni, the Awards are administered through the Dean's Office in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts Internship Office.
Website
Application deadline: mid March

McGill Alumnae Society Fellowship
Awarded to a PhD or research MA student in the Faculty of Arts who is pursuing studies of benefit or significance to women. Preference will be given to women applicants. No citizenship requirements. Value: $10,000, renewable twice.

Institute for the Study of International Development
Leadership in International Development Graduate Research Awards: up to 6 awards of $2000 each. Students enrolled in any McGill graduate program are eligible if their research relates to international development. Priority will be given to conducting field research, but students requesting funds to present their original research at academic conferences will be considered if budget permits. Interested students should send a short proposal (1 page max.) and a budget. They will also need a recommendation letter sent separately by their supervisor.
Contact
Application deadline: early May

Bourse Bertrand, Centre justice et foi / Revue Relations
Le Centre justice et foi (et la revue Relations) offre à chaque année une bourse de $8000 pour une personne aux études de doctorat. Cette bourse est offerte en échange d'un stage au Centre justice et foi (Montréal) permettant de participer à un projet en lien avec le domaine de spécialisation de la personne candidate.
Website
Application deadline: early May

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC)
Has a number of graduate awards available to students whose research is relevant to the study of Canada.
Website  
Application deadline: 
mid April

Canadian Foundation for Governance Research
Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Awards fund senior PhD candidates from Canadian universities who are researching areas of corporate governance.
Website
Application deadline: mid May

La Fondation Aubin Bursaries
$500 to MA or doctoral students writing theses on a topic relating to Fondation Aubin's mission.
Website
Application deadline: mid February

Homeward Trust Edmonton
Funds research on the Intergenerational Impact of Colonialism and Aboriginal Homelessness in Edmonton.
Website
Contact: Beth Hayward at bhayward [at] homewardtrust [dot] ca or 780-496-7612
Application deadline: early March

Media@McGill Arts Graduate Research Fellowship
Offers a research fellowship on a competitive basis, to doctoral students, registered in a department within the Faculty of Arts, conducting media-related research. The fellowship is provided to a PhD 4 or 5 student conducting media-related research projects.
Website
tamar [dot] tembeck [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Contact)
Application deadline: late March

Fred and Betty Price Research Award
The McCord Museum and the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) invite applications from meritorious McGill graduate students in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, Management, and Religious Studies, and in the Schools of Architecture and Music, whose research directly involves the collections of the McCord Museum and reflects IPLAI’s interest in innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship. 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. This award can be up to $7500.
Website
Application deadline: mid February

Max Stern McCord Museum Fellowship
The McCord Museum and the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) invite applications from meritorious McGill graduate students in the Faculty of Arts whose research directly involves the collections of the McCord Museum and reflects IPLAI’s interest in innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship. 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. Awards are up to $20,000 for the doctoral level or $15,000 for the Master’s level)
Website
Application deadline: mid February

Archie Malloch Graduate Fellowship in Public Learning
The Institute for Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) invites applications from exceptional graduate students in any discipline who are completing interdisciplinary humanities-based PhD or MA theses that fit well with the goals and programs of the Institute. Recipients of the Malloch Graduate Awards must have completed all course requirements for their degree programs as well as the majority of their thesis research. Priority will be given to doctoral candidates, but master's students are eligible to apply. The awards are intended to fund the completion of the students' dissertation, and can reach up to $6500.
Website
Application deadline: mid February

Grand Challenges Canada Summer Student Program, Sandra Rotman Centre
Offers university students a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful, real-life work in the field of global health. Students can apply to work with the Ethical, Social and Cultural (ESC) Program for Global Health, Grand Challenges Canada's (GCC) global health priorities, GCC's financial and administrative departments, or GCC's communications team. All programs are based at the Sandra Rotman Centre office in Toronto.
Website
Contact: info [at] srcglobal [dot] org, including the subject line "Summer Student Program."
Application deadline: late January

Étudiant-chercheur étoiles awards, Fonds de recherche du Québec
These awards recognize the exceptional contributions of students and postdoctoral researchers to the development and excellence of research in Québec.
Website
Application deadline: late February

Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club
Offers two $2000 scholarships to female university students. To be eligible, students must have high academic standing, full time university status, financial need, acceptance at a Québec university, be a resident of the West Island for at least one year prior to applying, and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
Website
Application deadline: mid March

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
Offers several Fellowships and Grants for archaeological research and publications.
Website 
Application deadline: early November

BAnQ Awards
Dans le cadre de son Programme de soutien à la recherche, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) offre les bourses suivantes : deux bourses de doctorat ($12,500 chacune); deux bourses de maîtrise ($9,500 chacune); une bourse additionnelle de doctorat ($12,500) ou de maîtrise ($9,500); une bourse de recherche sur des sujets liés à la bibliothéconomie et à l’archivistique ($12,500); une bourse de recherche de L’Institut Canadien de Québec ($5000); cinq bourses de séjour de recherche pour les chercheurs du Québec ($500 chacune).
Website
info [dot] recherche [at] banq [dot] qc [dot] ca (Contact): 514 873-1101, poste 3831
Application deadlines: November for doctoral awards; March for Master's awards

Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST)
The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). It was established in 1982 to further the Association's mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada's North by offering student awards for exceptional northern-based research. The purpose of the CNST is to foster scholars and scientists with northern experience and, at the same time, to enhance educational opportunities available for northern residents to obtain post-secondary education at Canadian colleges and universities.
Website
Application deadline: late January