External Funding

Note:

Students may only submit one application per year to a Tri-Council funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC).

  • Information sessions are held in mid-to-late September for students to obtain information about the main graduate fellowships. These sessions are convened by agency representatives and McGill professors involved on adjudication committees. See the GPS Website for specific dates and locations.
  • The department often receives notices about various awards for students; these are sent to students via e-mail. 
  • There are many other fellowships/scholarships available. See those listed on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website: www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/fellowships/.
  • Also, do some searching of your own on the internet. Sometimes you may be eligible for fellowships provided by agencies in your home province.

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

To be considered eligible for support by CIHR, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • be registered in full-time studies in a Canadian graduate school.
  • have achieved first-class average at McGill, first class means: A- or 3.70.

- Individuals with a health professional degree who seek support for doctoral research training are eligible to apply for the CIHR Doctoral Research Award; individuals with a health professional degree who seek support for master's research training are eligible to apply to the CIHR CGS Master's Award, but should also consult the guidelines for the CIHR Fellowships program. Those eligible for both have the option of applying to either program but not to both in the same year (i.e., September through August). Please note that a person holding a health professional degree would receive a higher stipend only through the CIHR Fellowships program.

- Students pursuing an MD/Ph.D. may apply for a Doctoral Research Award but should also consider the MD/Ph.D. Studentships Program.

See website for further information:  www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/

Note:

Students may only submit one application per year to a Tri-Council funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC).

Fonds de la Recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ/FRQS)

To be considered eligible for support, on the deadline date, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • be domiciled in Quebec for at least 1 year.

See the website for current information: www.frsq.gouv.qc.ca

Natural Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

To be considered eligible for support, on the deadline date, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • hold, or expect to hold (at the time you take up the award), a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is acceptable to NSERC;
  • intend to pursue in the following year full-time graduate studies and research at the Master's or Doctoral level in one of the areas of the natural sciences or engineering supported by NSERC.

See the website for current information: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca