Awards & Grants

Avenues for success

The Faculty of Arts is connected to a vast network of support for students and faculty to pursue research initiatives, internships, studies abroad, and so much more.

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Awards and funding for student projects

Browse the tabs in the column on the left to learn about all the funding opportunities available to McGill students.

Dean of Arts Development Fund

Classroom experience is a crucial part of an undergraduate degree, but practical learning is vital to ensuring our graduates get a head start. Supporting their ability to gain hands-on experience can make all the difference in their university careers, as internship and research experiences become more and more necessary in our current job market.

The Dean of Arts Development Fund (DADF) provides essential funding for programs such as internship awards, research internships, and student advising, as well as numerous events, research projects, and publications by students and faculty members.

How to apply for a DADF award

Application guidelines for students

  • Must be a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts
  • The DADF does not fund individual student activities
  • Only University recognized groups are eligible
  • Priority will be given to projects taking place in the Faculty of Arts
  • Any project that involves another McGill Faculty must show evidence that support is being received from that Faculty (this information must be included in the budget section of the application)
  • Awards range from $100 - $2000

Student application form: Icône document Microsoft Office DADF student application 2017-18

Application guidelines for faculty members

  • Must be a full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Arts
  • The DADF does not fund individual faculty member activities
  • Applications are only accepted for academic conferences, workshops, and visiting speakers
  • Only University recognized groups are eligible
  • Priority will be given to events being held at McGill
  • Funding is to be confirmed from other sources (as applications without matching funding from other sources may be unsuccessful)
  • Awards range from $100 - $2000

Faculty member application form: Icône document Microsoft Office DADF faculty member application 2017-18


Applications are reviewed 4 times annually and must be received by 5:00pm on the date due.

  • September 2017 Meeting: applications due by 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • December 2017 Meeting: applications due by 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • March 2018 Meeting: applications due by 5:00pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • May 2018 Meeting: applications due by 5:00pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018

As always, awards are made possible through the generous support of our Alumni and friends of the Faculty of Arts.

Competition Results

A DADF administrator will inform the applicant of any decision and release the funds where applicable. Successful applicants are required to advertise the support of the Dean of Arts Development Fund. This includes the printing the DADF logo on posters and other promotional material. Recipients of funding are also required to provide a final report on the outcome of their projects or events to the Faculty of Arts Development Office within 30 days of its completion. Applicants who do not submit a final report may be ineligible for future funding.


Arts Dissertation Awards

The Arts Insights Dissertation Awards recognize excellence in doctoral research in the Faculty of Arts and are awarded at the April Arts Faculty Council Meeting.  PhD students who defended their dissertation during the previous calendar year may be nominated for this award. Since 2011, two awards are given: one in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences. Only one nomination per Department will be considered.

Dossiers must include:

  • a letter of recommendation from the GPD, which must indicate either a humanities or social sciences nomination, and explain the selection process;
  • reports of the internal and external examiners;
  • a copy of the candidate’s c.v.;
  • a copy of the dissertation’s Abstract, Table of Contents, first chapter and one other representative chapter.
  • a copy of the unofficial McGill graduate transcript

Please address your nomination letter to the Committee on Graduate Studies and submit it by email to adr.arts [at], no later than March 9, 2018.  Please contact Nozomi Kanekatsu at adr.arts [at] or at 514-398-1447 if you have any questions.

Past Winners


  • Fadia Bahgat, Islamic Studies
  • Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron, LInguistics


  • Sean Desjardins, Anthropology
  • Shaun Ross, English


  • Claudia Bouliane, Département de langue et littérature françaises
  • Jose Ignatio Nazif-Munoz, Sociology


  • Benjamin Ferland, Political Science
  • Robert Stephens, Philosophy


  • Marjorie Silverman, Social Work
  • Ian Whittington, English


  • David-Etienne Bouchard, Linguistics


  • Katayoun Baghai, Sociology
  • Christina Smylitopoulos, Art History and Communication Studies


  • Amy Scott, English


  • Leah Clark, Art History and Communication Studies


  • Renée-Claude Breitenstein, Département de langue et littérature françaises


  • Liisa Stephenson, English


  • Petra Kalshoven, Anthropology

Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award

The Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Awards are designed to recognize outstanding teaching in the Faculty by graduate students and will be awarded at the April Faculty meeting.

All full-time Arts graduate students in good standing who are Teaching Assistants or Course Lecturers are eligible for this award. Any student or member of the academic staff may submit a nomination.

Three awards of $500 each will be made.

Please address your nomination letter to the Committee on Graduate Studies and submit it by email to adr.arts [at]

Please contact Nozomi Kanekatsu at adr.arts [at] or 514-398-4400 ext. 094822, if you have any questions.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 9th, 2018

Recent Winners


  • Emre Amasyali, Sociology
  • Alice Everly, Philosophy
  • Felix Fuchs, English


  • Manuel Cardenas, English
  • David Collins, Philosophy
  • Jeffrey Lamontagne, Linguistics


  • Milaine Alarie, Sociology
  • Daniel Goodhue, Linguistics
  • Kathrin Spiller, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Ms. Josie Torres Barth, English
  • Ms. Mehri Ghazanjani, Sociology
  • Mr. Michael Hamilton, Linguistics


  • Mr. Douglas Barthold, Economics
  • Mr. Brian Buccola, Linguistics
  • Mr. Vladimir Ivantsov, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Mr. José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz, Sociology


  • Ms. Bree Akesson, Social Work
  • Ms. Casey McCormick, English
  • Ms. Kalyani Thurairajah, Sociology


  • Ms. Rosemary Carlton, Social Work
  • Ms. Paulina Mickiewicz, Art History and Communication Studies
  • Mr. Walter Pedersen, Linguistics


  • Ms. Samantha Burton, Art History
  • Mr. Robert Stephens, Philosophy
  • Ms. Cheryl Thompson, Communication Studies


  • Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, Islamic Studies
  • Mr. Emrah Sahin, History
  • Mr. William Dalton, Linguistics


  • Mr. Bok Hoong Young Hoon, Economics
  • Mr. Yvan Tétrault, Philosophy


  • Ms. Tania Jenkins, Sociology
  • Mr. Oner Ozçelik, Linguistics


  • Ms. Andrea Braithwaite, Art History and Communication Studies
  • Mr. James Devine, Political Science
  • Mr. Daniel Douek, Political Science
  • Mr. Tobin Skinner, Linguistics

Schull Yang International Experience Awards: Graduate Travel

The Schull Yang International Experience Award is supported by Joseph Schull (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang (BCL, LLB ’88) to help students gain firsthand international experience related to their fields of study.  It is a competitive award designed to support extensive research travel (archival research or fieldwork) directly required to complete the PhD.


  • You must be undertaking extensive research travel (archival research or fieldwork) that is directly required for the completion of your PhD. 
  • You must be registered as a full-time PhD 4 graduate student in the Faculty of Arts at the time of application, and you must be registered for the Summer 2017 term (“thesis continuing” or “thesis additional session”). 
  • Your departure date must fall after April 19, 2017. 
  • Travel for conferences, internships, workshops or courses is not eligible.

Application Deadline: April 19, 2017

Value: Five (5) awards of approximately $3500 will be made.

How to Apply

Submit the following materials by email to Dr. Sarah Kaderabek (sarah.kaderabek [at]  

  • The application form, signed by you, your supervisor, and your unit’s Graduate Program Director  Microsoft Office document icon application_form.doc
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial McGill transcripts 

Your application may be submitted in either French or English. 

Decisions and Notification Timeline 

Decisions concerning the awards will be made by early May by the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, in consultation with others. 

If Your Application is Successful

  • Funds will be distributed as a lump sum payment by mid-May. 
  • You must submit a donor thank you note and description of travel by the end of May. 
  • You will be asked to submit your personal photo and a description of your research for use on the Faculty of Arts website. 
  • You must register your travel on Minerva, and attend the McGill Pre-Departure Orientation Session, unless your travel is within Canada or the United States. 
  • If your research involves human subjects, you must obtain McGill Research Ethics Board approval and certificate prior to undertaking your travel. 
  • You must submit as soon as possible upon return: checklist form (will be emailed to you with your award notification), and proof of travel in your name (boarding passes, hotel receipts, credit card statements). 
  • Failure to submit proper documentation within 6 months of your return may result in your award being revoked. 

Wolfe Graduate Fellowships

The Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy is pleased to announce a competition for a limited number of Wolfe Graduate Fellowships for McGill graduate students in the Faculty of Arts whose thesis work reflects the themes of the Chair.

The mandate of the Wolfe Chair is to conduct research, teach and perform public outreach regarding the intellectual foundations, nature and methods of scientific and technological innovation and to provide support to well-rounded students capable of making constructive contributions to debates surrounding science, technology, and society. The Chair is devoted to research that advances understanding of key scientific and technological concepts and examines the relationships among science, technology, and a broad range of social, ethical, political, and economic issues, practices and conditions.

We are seeking outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Arts conducting research in areas directly related to the themes of the Wolfe Chair and preferably who will be writing their thesis or dissertation during the 2018-2019 academic year (preference will be given to PhD students during their final year of the program). These fellowships (valued at $8000) will be awarded on the basis of high academic standing, community involvement, and athletic activities. Students must be registered as full time graduate students during the 2018-2019 academic year to receive funds.

Applications should include:

All documents should be sent to Dr. Gabriella Coleman (gabriella.coleman [at] no later than March 1, 2018 with the subject line “Wolfe Dissertation Fellowship 2018-2019."

In addition, please turn in a physical copy of all materials to:

Art History and Communication Studies
Student Affairs Office
Arts Building 155
Opening Hours: 9:00 am -12:00 noon and 1:30 pm -4:00 pm

Successful applicants will be required to report outcomes of the Fellowship to Wolfe Chair and to write a letter to the donor.

The Max Stern Museum Fellowship

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 the2017-18 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:

Ms. Maureen Coote, Graduate Program Coordinator, at maureen.coote [at] with the subject line Max Stern Fellowship Application.

Deadline: April 13, 2017 at 5pm

Fred and Betty Price Research Award

This award offers financial support to research-stage graduate students whose work involves the collections of the McCord Museum. McGill graduate students in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, Management, and Religious Studies, and in the Schools of Architecture and Music are eligible for this award.  This award is open for re-application; that is, students who have held the award previously may apply again for the award.

Value: Up to $8000
Duration: 1 June to 31 August
Number of awards available: 1

Deadline: Feb 20, 2017

Application Instructions

Archie Malloch Graduate Fellowships in Public Learning

Value: Up to $6500 (amount may vary from year to year)

Duration: 1 September to 31 December or 1 January to 30 April

Number of awards available: 1 in Fall term; 1 in Winter term

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.

Click here for more information and application requirements

Media@McGill Arts Graduate Research Fellowships

Media@McGill 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, 5 or 6 student conducting media-related research projects.

Please note that students registered in a program within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies are now eligible to apply for this fellowship.

To apply, please visit the Media@McGill Arts Graduate Research Fellowship website and read the instructions on how to submit your application, paying particular attention to the Eligibility, Application Materials, and Condition of Award sections.

Application deadline: Wednesday, March 24, 2016 at 5pm

Please send your complete dossier in a single email to sophie.toupin [at] (Sophie Toupin), Project Adminstrator, Media@McGill.

Applications received late or without the required information will not be admissible.

For any further information, please contact sophie.toupin [at] (Sophie Toupin) or call 514-398-8364.

Arts Internship Awards

The Faculty of Arts Internship Program allows McGill University to offer the kind of global exposure that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom. McGill University is deeply committed to ensuring that our students are provided with every possible opportunity to make the most of their undergraduate years and to provide them with the necessary tools so they will be sought after by both the best graduate schools and employers. Internships are an ideal way for students to translate their classroom experience into real-world situations and gain valuable experience related to their field of study.

To reach the Faculty of Arts Internship home page, click here.

To go directly to the Arts Internship Awards page, click here.

Undergraduate Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA)

The purpose of Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA) is to support students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Where possible, students should also be permitted to obtain academic credit for the research internship through the appropriate course offered by a department.

To reach the Faculty of Arts Internship home page, click here.

To go directly to the Arts Internship Awards page, click here.

Moyse Travelling Scholarship for Undergrads Completing their Final Year

Founded by the late Right Honourable Lord Atholstan, to commemorate the "splendid services of Dr. Charles E. Moyse, for 42 years Professor of English, during sixteen of which he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Vice-Principal of the University." Two scholarships, tenable for one year, are to be awarded. One scholarship will be awarded for distinction by the Faculty of Arts and the other for distinction by the Faculty of Science. The values for each Faculty will be $10,000. If there is no winner in one of these faculties, both scholarships may be awarded to applicants in the other faculty.

Although this is highly unlikely, in the absence of applicants of sufficient merit in either of the faculties, applications from final year students in other undergraduate faculties, or from graduate students may be considered.

Holders must devote the year of tenure to advanced study, preferably in a British or European university, but not to the exclusion of other institutions approved by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science.

How to apply

Letters of application, whether from graduate or from students in the final year of the undergraduate course, should reach the Deans of the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science not later than April 3rd, 2017. Applications should be accompanied by:

  • The names of two referees who are familiar with the applicant's work, who have been asked by the applicant to write to the Dean (c/o Course and Program Officer, Dawson Hall, Room 309) on the applicant's behalf. These letters should stress the academic and scholarly qualities that make the individual applicant outstanding in comparison with other students.
  • The letters of reference themselves (it is the applicant's responsibility to have letters of reference in place to complete the file).
  • A detailed and comprehensive statement of the applicant's proposed course of study including the institution or centre at which he or she proposes to study.
  • An official McGill Transcript if the applicant is not in the current graduating class.
  • A statement indicating other sources of graduate funding acquired or are possibly available to the applicant.
  • Please also include your contact information (email, phone number, and mailing address)

Application instructions and full details of the scholarship are also available from Dawson Hall, Room 309.