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On this page: Departmental Submission Deadlines | Tips for Preparing Fellowship Applications | GREAT Awards | Financial Aid | Tuition & Fee Payment Deferrals |   Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education | Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award  | Vanier Scholarship Program | Graduate Mobility Awards 2016-2017


Obtaining and maintaining funding throughout your studies is an important component of life as a graduate student. Please find below funding oppurtunities available to you from the Department, University, and outside agencies.

Departmental Submission Deadlines

Please note that the deadlines below are department-specific, please ensure you refer directly to the agency website's for agency-specific deadlines.  Please refer to our external funding webpage for more information on agency deadlines. Information on agency deadlines is also outlined on Graduate and Postodctoral Studies Student Funding Opportunities webpage

Funding Body Application Deadline
Harmonized Tri-Council CGS Master's Competition - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC


Trudeau Foundation Scholarship


SSHRC Doctoral Competition UNIT DEADLINE: SEPT 30, 2016
Graduate Mobility Award 2016-2017 UNIT DEADLINE: OCT 21, 2016


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 2016-2017 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards competition for the dissemination of research through graduate student presentations at conferences attended between May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.

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


All Research 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 Research  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 


  1. First competition deadline:  Monday, October 31, 2016 (for conferences attended between May 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016)
  2. Second competition deadline Friday, February 24, 2017 (for conferences attended between November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017)

All applications should be submitted via studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: GREAT%20Award%20application) (email) ONLY in one PDF file. Please note applications by email will only be accepted from official McGill email accounts.

Questions? ecpapplication [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Contact us).


Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2015-2016  Judy Fish Graduate Award In Inclusive Education competition.The award  was established in 2004 by Avrum and Dora Morrow in honour of Judy Fish, B.A. 1965, M.Ed. 1982. The value of the award is a minimum of $2,500 and the eligibility is as follows:

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in the M.Ed. in Inclusive Education. The Graduate Award is based on academic merit, with consideration given to the student's involvement in the community and in extracurricular activities.

How to applyPlease submit a copy of the application form by January 20th 2016 at noon, to studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Judy%20Fish%20Graduate%20Award%20in%20Inclusive%20Education%20)  Subject header "Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education" 

Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2015-2016 Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award. The award was establised in  2004 by Avrum and Dora Morrow in honour of Judy Fish, B.A. 1965, M.Ed. 1982.

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in  the M.Ed. in Inclusive Education . The Graduate Award is based on academic merit, with consideration given to the student's involvement in the community and in extracurricular activities.

How to apply:  Please submit a copy of the application form by January 20th 2016 at noon, to studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Dr.%20John%20A%20Bryant%20Award)  Subject header "Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award" 

Vanier Scholarship Program

The Vanier Scholarship Program was launched by the Government of Canada to attract and retain world class doctoral students. Complete details regarding the Vanier program can be found on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships website. Please consult Vanier CGS for eligibility criteria and nomination process, as well as the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies funding page on Vanier here

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.

Value and Duration of Award: $50,000 per year for three years

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) is eligible to nominate  up to three  students per Federal Granting agency (CIHR, SSHRC) to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for this award. Note that you can only be nominated by one Canadian University, and are not eligible if you have received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship for CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to complete a doctoral degree.


 August 19th, 2016: Deadline to submit pre-screening application to the Department for evaluation by the ECP Fellowships committee. Submit the following documents in the following order, in ONE PDF. Ensure your PDF is named as follows: “LASTNAME Firstname VANIER CGS competition.pdf. All documents should be submitted to studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Week of Sept 5th 2016: Candidates selected for nomination to GPS by the ECP Fellowships committee will be notified. Please note that a lot more documentation will be required by the agency at this stage. You are encouraged to review the information carefully in advance so that you are prepared in the event that your application is selected for nomination by the Department .  Nominated Candidates should order ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS at this stage as they will be required. This checklist developed by GPS should assist you in ensuring you are gathering all the necessary documentation. Nominees will also be required to adhere to the subsequent deadline dates below.

September 21st 2016:   Deadline to submit a complete application on Research Net.

September 23rd  2016:   Deadline to submit printed hard copy of your COMPLETE  application from researchnet, as well as all official transcripts in sealed envelopes to the ECP administrative office.

April 2017: The Agency will notify successful university-nominated applicants directly

GPS will notify successful candidates in the University wide competition directly.

Graduate Mobility Awards 2016-2017

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) is launching the Graduate Mobility Award to encourage graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program. Students will be awarded the Graduate Mobility Award based on academic unit and faculty nomination.


To be eligible for the Graduate Mobility Award, the student must meet the following requirements:

-          Enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill

-          Registered as a full-time thesis student at the time of travel

-          Completed one full-time term at the time of application

-          Nominated by his/her academic unit and faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity

-          Be in good academic standing (students must have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date)

-          Travel must take place between October 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017

-          Be participating in one or more of the following mobility activities:

·          Research stay at a lab abroad

·          Field work abroad

·          Participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad

              *Travel must not be for conferences


Value of Award

Award values depend on where the mobility activity takes place, its duration and the availability of funding at the time of application.

How to Apply

1.       Be nominated for the Graduate Mobility Award by his/her unit and faculty

        To this end, please submit the following documents to  studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca by October 21st 2016

2.       Complete Graduate Mobility Award Application Form (including Statement of Purpose & Required Signatures)

3.       Submit supporting documents, including:

·         One letter of support from the McGill supervisor

·         One letter of support from a supervisor at the host institution

·         CV of the applicant

Only applicants who are nominated by the Unit/Faculty will also be required to fill out the completed online Application Form. For further information and application forms, consult the Graduate Mobility Award website.

Upon completion of the travel abroad, students will be requested to complete a short online survey.

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.