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Fellowships, funding & financial aid

Obtaining and maintaining funding throughout your studies is an important component of life as a graduate student.

We have put together some tips and ideas on ways for you to fund yourself throughout your time at McGill along with a collection of links we hope will prove most useful to you.

 


Fellowships & awards

Departmental submission deadlines

Funding BodyProgramDeadline
Harmonized Tri-Council CGS Master's Competition - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC MA To be announced
SSHRC Doctoral Competetion PhD To be announced
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program MA / PhD Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 3:00PM

*Tri-council Master's award harmonization: Please note that the Tri-Council (CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC) CGS Mater’s award submissions are being harmonized for 2013 applicants applying to the 2014-15 funding cycle.  Updates regarding eligibility criteria, the application process and deadlines will be available soon.

Submissions to the Department are due to the ECP Administrative Office, Room 614 of the Education Building.

CIHR– PhD applications and those to provincial agencies (FRSQ, FQRSC) are all submitted directly to the agencies. Please see agency sites for submission instructions and deadlines.

 

Funding agencies & information

GPS Fellowships & Awards Calendar 2012/13

Securing funding through external fellowships is the primary means by which students fund their studies at the graduate level. ECP students have proven very successful in such competitions, having more than once been the department with the highest amount of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) winners at McGill.

Along with SSHRC, the most popular granting agencies for ECP students are the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC), and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRSQ).

The McGill Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Funding site is McGill's hub for all funding opportunities and directions on how to apply for funding. They are also responsible for publishing the Graduate Fellowships and Awards Calendar, a catalogue for all fellowships available to McGill students and other sources of financial assistance.

In addition, be sure to visit the Faculty of Education Fellowships & Awards page for a list of Faculty of Education awards.

Harmonized Tri-Council CGS Master's Competition (closed)

Deadline for students to submit to Department: To be announced

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Applications submitted past the deadline date and time will NOT be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will be considered null and void and will NOT be reviewed by the department.
  • Applications missing Supervisor signature confirming completeness of application will NOT be reviewed by the department.
  • The dealine includes letters of reference from supervisors. Please ensure timely submission of such letters from supervisors.

To ensure your application is complete, all students must schedule a meeting with their supervisor to review their application and have the supervisor sign off on McGill’s Department Checklist. The checklist will be provided to supervisors.

  • Original transcripts are required for McGill (even if you do not have any grades; proof of enrollment is required). If you haven’t already, please order official transcripts from McGill immediately.
  • For transcripts from other universities (certified copies from your admission application are acceptable). They will be printed from your admission application and certified by a Program Coordinator..  Only McGill transcripts have to be original.
  • Applicants must submit 1 original hardcopy of their application to the Department.
  • Transcripts from McGill and letters of reference, to be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes.

Files should not be stapled in any way, shape or form. Applications should be collated and each bound with a binder clip for submission.

More information is available on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Student Funding page for Master's Harmonized Tri-Council Awards.

SSHRC Doctoral Competition (closed)

Deadline for students to submit to Department: To be announced

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Applications submitted past the deadline date and time will NOT be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will be considered null and void and will NOT be reviewed by the department.
  • Applications missing Supervisor signature confirming completeness of application will NOT be reviewed by the department.
  • The dealine includes letters of reference from supervisors. Please ensure timely submission of such letters from supervisors.

To ensure your application is complete, all students must schedule a meeting with their supervisor to review their application and have the supervisor sign off on McGill’s Department Checklist. The checklist will be provided to supervisors.

  • Original transcripts are required for McGill (even if you do not have any grades; proof of enrollment is required). If you haven’t already, please order official transcripts from McGill immediately.
  • For transcripts from other universities (certified copies from your admission application are acceptable). They will be printed from your admission application and certified by a Program Coordinator..  Only McGill transcripts have to be original.
  • Applicants must submit 1 original hardcopy of their application to the Department.
  • Transcripts from McGill and letters of reference, to be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes.

Files should not be stapled in any way, shape or form. Applications should be collated and each bound with a binder clip for submission.

More information is available on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Student Funding page for SSHRC Doctoral Scholarships.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier scholarship program was launched by the Government of Canada to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. The following is for general information only. Complete details regarding the Vanier program can be found on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships website

This funding opportunity encourages students to pursue their doctoral studies at institutions different from those where they completed a previous degree in order to broaden research horizons and seek new challenges. Candidates nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree will be asked to provide a compelling rationale as to why they have chosen to remain or return.

Highly-qualified international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All interested candidates are encouraged to contact their proposed academic unit/program to discuss this opportunity (regardless of whether application for admission to McGill University has already been made).

Value and Duration of Award

$50,000 per year for three years

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

To be considered you must:

  • be nominated by only one Canadian University;
  • be seeking financial support to pursue your first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating university. Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2015 (see calculating months of doctoral studies);
  • have achieved a first-class average, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent;
  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • academic excellence (transcripts, awards and distinctions)
  • research potential (research history, interest in discovery, proposed research and potential contribution, potential benefit to Canadians, anticipated outcomes)
  • leadership* (potential and demonstrated ability in personal achievement, involvement in academic life, volunteerism/community outreach, civic engagement)

DEADLINES:

  • Deadline to notify Department of intention to apply: Friday, August 29, 2014
Every student with an intention of submitting an application for any of the above competitions must advise the Department at ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca with the following information as soon as possible in order to formally notify the department of your intention; name, McGill student ID number, current program of study, award competition.
  • Deadline to submit application to Department: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 3:00PM
Submit your application online using ResearchNet and submit electronic copies of completed application to ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Please note that applications submitted past the deadline date of 3:00PM or that are incomplete on the date above will NOT be considered.

COMPLETE APPLICATION INCLUDES:

  • Printed copy of online application made through ResearchNet
  • Official copies of all university transcripts including Grading Key (McGill transcript ordering information)
  • Two letters of reference to be submitted online by referees. Hard copies of these letters must be sent directly to the academic unit in sealed envelope or by other confidential means.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will select a  committee to review all applications and forwards selected applications for University review.
  • University selection committee reviews all applications and forwards selected applications to the national competition by November 5, 2014.

Tips for preparing fellowship applications

Funding agency committees and internal selection committees are looking for excellence in three areas:

  1. Strong letters of recommendation
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Excellence of research proposal/evidence of research potential

It is vital, therefore, to ensure all of the above components are well-represented or highlighted in your application.

Recommendations for preparing fellowship applications:
    • Letters of recommendation should be from people who know your academic work and research potential well. Don't ask for letters of recommendation at the last minute. Provide referees with a copy of your research proposal, transcripts, and a current CV to help them write the letter of support. Referees preferably should be professors from McGill and/or your most recent university.
    • Academic excellence should be demonstrated explicitly in the application. Be sure to list any prizes, scholarships, fellowships, etc., that you have received, as well as any other evidence of academic excellence (e.g., Dean's Honours List).
    • Write your research proposal so that it can be understood by someone outside your field, since your application will be assessed by committees consisting of people who are not necessarily experts in your field. At the same time do not be too simplistic. Avoid technical jargon. Indicate the background context, your hypothesis or research question, methodology, potential contribution, importance, and originality of the research, etc. Ask your supervisor, another professor, or a fellow graduate student to read the application and provide you with feedback.
    • List any publications and conference presentations as evidence of research potential. Peer reviewed journals and international conferences are particularly important. Presentation proposals should not be listed. Be neat in the presentation of your application. Try to use all of the available space provided for the proposal. If you aren't successful this year, keep trying. Several granting agencies, however, now have a limit on the number of times one can apply. Thus, apply when you think your chances are greatest.
    • Deadlines must be strictly adhered to.

Further information about Graduate Fellowships and Awards is available from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, James Administration Building, telephone 398-3995. You can also visit the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Funding web pages.

Notifications of awards and deadlines are provided on the websites of granting bodies and via program directors/coordinators.


Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2014-2015 GREAT Awards competition for the dissemination of research through graduate student presentations at conferences attended between May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

Award values and recipients are to be determined by the ECP Fellowships Committee.

Eligibility:

All Master’s or Doctoral students in good standing, registered fulltime, and not in time limitation. Student's must meet eligibility criteria when applying, receiving the award and at the time of travel.

  • Master's students must be registered in year 1 or 2, as indicated on Minerva.
  • Doctoral students must be registered in years 1 through 6, as indicated on Minerva.

Applications Requirements:

  1. Proof of Acceptance
  2. An abstract of the paper to be presented (1 page maximum)
  3. One copy of the Great Application Form (.pdf fillable)

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  1. First competition deadline: Thursday, October 30, 2014 (for conferences attended between May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014)

  2. Second competition deadline Thursday, February 26, 2014 (for conferences attended between November 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015)

All applications and supporting documents should be submitted to Sally Crawford in the ECP Administrative Office (Education Building, room 614), or by email in one PDF file to sally [dot] crawford [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sally Crawford). Please note applications by email will only be accpeted from a McGill email accounts.

Quetsions about this competition? Please contact sally [dot] crawford [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sally Crawford), Departmental Secretary.


2015 ECP Graduate Research Mobility Awards (closed)

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology is happy to announce that we will be offering the ECP Graduate Research Mobility Award (formerly the ECP Graduate Travel Program). Selected applicants will be awarded full or partial funding for international travel.

Please note that travel to attend or present at a conference is not eligible.

Eligibility Requirements:

**Student's must meet eligibility criteria below at the time of applying, receipt the award as well as while travel takes place.**

1. Students must be registered full time in a graduate degree program (doctoral or masters, research or course-based) within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology.
2. The proposed travel must be for the purpose of:

  • A research trip
  • Field work
  • Learning about methodologies or research techniques

3. The proposed travel must be international
4. Students must not be receiving funds from the Student Exchange and Study Abroad (SESA)
5. Travel must not be to attend or present at a conference
6. Proof of participation must be submitted to the ECP Administrative office immediately after travel takes place.

Required Supporting Documents:

1. A 500 word (maximum) description of the proposed travel and how it is relative to your research program in addition to any supporting documents (i.e. letter of invite from host institution/supervisor, resgistration form, website of applicable training program, etc.)
2. Supervisor will need to complete the designated section on the application form justifying travel and sign.
3. An estimated budget. (Note: Expense must be economical and 'value for money' based.)
4. Proof of participation must be submitted after travel takes place

*Please note:
Travel must take place between September 1, 2014 to March 15, 2016.
Proof of participation must be submitted after travel takes place.
Students cannot apply for trainings that they have applied for in previous years for this award.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: To be announced.

All applications will be reviewed by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology's Executive Committee, consisting of the Department Chair and Graduate Program Directors. The award value per selected applicant will be at the discretion of the selection committee. Students may apply for multiple trainings.

Please click on the following link to access the application form: ECP Graduate Rsearch Mobility Award - Application Form.pdf

All applications and supporting documents should be submitted to Sally Crawford in the ECP Administrative Office (Education Building, room 614), or by email in one PDF file to sally [dot] crawford [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sally Crawford). Please note applications by email will only be accpeted from students McGill email accounts.

Questions? Please contact sally [dot] crawford [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sally Crawford), ECP Secretary.


Financial aid

Depending on need, students can apply for loans and bursaries and find out more about other sources of income through the McGill Scholarships & Student Aid Office (SSAO). While a number of the opportunities available to students are outlined below, further information on these and other sources can be found at their office, including defering tuition payments, obtaining a line of credit, and various government aid opportunities.

Are you facing an emergency/financial crisis? The Department has set aside a limited contingency fund for students who find themselves in a position of immediate/short-term financial need. If you find yourself in an emergency situation (for example, short on rent for a month, unable to afford groceries, have recently been robbed or lost important items, etc.) we encourage you to contact us directly via ecpinfo [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email), phone (514-398-4242) or in person to discuss how the Department might be able to help. If emailing, please enter as a subject "REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE."

As well, the SSAO will always accept emergency drop-ins weekdays between 10am and 4pm.

Are you an international student? International student aid is now also administered by the SSAO office, which can provide assistance with budgeting and navigating the expenses of living and studying in Canada. They can also assist with filling and submitting income tax forms.


Tuition & Fee Payment Deferrals

Students in a degree program with no prior outstanding tuition/fees may request that payment(s) of tuition and fees be deferred based on self-reported demonstrated sources of funding from the university, government or other external agencies.

All requests are student-initiated using the "Defer Payment of Tuition and Fees" option through the Financial Aid & Awards Menu on Minerva.

For more information, please visit the Student Accounts website.