Funding opportunities

The Biochemistry Department guarantees a minimum yearly stipend of $20,000 for an M.Sc. student and $22,000 for a Ph.D. student. Stipends are paid from fellowships awarded to the student or from the supervisor’s research funding. McGill is committed to helping graduate students secure adequate funding for their research and studies. Some resources are available to offset differences in tuition fees PDF icon tuition_fee_table.pdf. Take the time to review Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' information on general funding opportunities, for prospective students, current students, and postdoctoral fellows, in addition to the information provided below. 

Fellowships, scholarships and awards

There are two main types of merit-based fellowships and scholarships available to you:

  • External Awards - These are awarded by federal and provincial government agencies and some other private agencies that rely on McGill to recommend candidates. The application process is usually held one academic year in advance of receipt of the award.
  • McGill Fellowships - This is funding that is awarded by GPS either through nomination by academic departments or sometimes by student application directly to GPS. They are usually awarded the winter or spring before the start of the award. These are listed in the Fellowships Calendar on the GPS Funding website. The Faculty of Medicine also has awards for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Detailed information on how to apply for external awards or McGill fellowships is on the GPS Funding website, Students & Postdoctoral.

Training Programs

Biochemistry students can join a specialized training program in Cancer Research/Oncology, and apply for scholarships offered.

Biochemistry Merit Fellowships

To promote excellence in our graduate program, the Biochemistry Department nominates graduate students for Merit Fellowships from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. New students, as well as students already in the program, are encouraged to apply. For more information on applications and eligibility, see Biochemistry Fellowships.

Tuition Assistance

Canadian M.Sc. students from outside Quebec are charged higher tuition fees than Quebec-resident students; see PDF icon tuition_fee_table.pdf. The department will compensate all Canadian out-of-province M.Sc. students for the fee difference, with Tuition Assistance Fellowships from GPS. See Biochemistry Fellowships.

Funding for international students

Various forms of financial support are available to international students, as below. We encourage you to contact your country's educational authorities to inquire about additional funding opportunities to study abroad. 

  • external sources intended for international students.
  • McGill and external funding.

International Tuition Assistance

The Department will help international M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, who start their degree program in fall 2011 onward, with their higher tuition fees. International students will be nominated for Tuition Assistance Fellowships from GPS. See Biochemistry Fellowships.

Differential Fee Waivers

A limited number of international students from countries that have signed a tuition fee agreement with Quebec may be exempted from the higher rate of tuition fees normally required for students from foreign countries. The Department will nominate international students for these Differential Fee Waivers


The Department of Biochemistry offers a limited number of students work as a demonstrator in an undergraduate laboratory course (BIOC-220/320) and in some lecture courses. The total work load is approximately 8-10 hours per week. See Teaching Assistantships for more information.

Travel Awards

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award (GREAT)

The Department provides a limited number of GREAT travel awards every year, to assist graduate students who travel to conferences to give presentations, posters or abstracts.


McKinnell Travel Award

Established in 1993 by the Estate of late Margaret McKinnell - Biochemistry's Unknown Angel - to provide support for a Biochemistry graduate student to attend a scholarly meeting or conference relating to their graduate research.

See Biochemistry Fellowships for information about these awards.