Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR) Fellowship

The MCFR envisions adding to its public offer, a Prize in the form of a Fellowship in order to reinforce its educational mission and lengthen its social reach.

Award Overview

Program Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR) Fellowship
Value &
It is an annual award of $ 20,000 for a non-renewable internship of four months.
  • The research should focus on international relations;
  • The  internship of the student must be outside of Canada;

September 29

How to Apply

Students submit application form and required documents  through their academic unit at McGill.

Unit submits complete package in pdf format to GPS via email to gradcomp.gps [at] 


The candidate must:

  • Be 35 years of age or under at the start of the award
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program at McGill

Once awarded, the candidate must:

  • Remain enrolled at the university for the duration of the course
  • Report periodically to the MCFR regarding costs incurred
  • Report research results to the MCFR at the end of training


Selection Procedures and Quota

  • Each academic unit may submit one (1) candidate to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS).
  • Following an internal pre-selection screening, McGill may submit one (1) application to the Board of MCFR as the final candidate.
  • The Board will appoint a committee for this purpose, which will be responsible for making a recommendation to the rest of the Board members.
  • The Board will meet individually with each of the four finalists, as well as review the complete files previously submitted to the MCFR by the partner universities.


Evaluation Criteria

Research potential of the applicant as demonstrated by the experience of research interest in discovery and innovation, and the quality of the research and its contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of international relations. 35%
Academic excellence as demonstrated by transcripts, as well as scholarships, honours and awards received.  20%
Academic and professional experience: publications, presentations, participation in academic, professional community activities, volunteers, citizens, political, social and cultural issues related to international relations. 20%
Communication skills as indicated in the description of the program leading to graduation and work experience, commitment to the community and other relevant extra-curricular activities, as well as letters of recommendation and quality of the submission of the application 10%
Letters of recommendation  from the research director(1) and the supervisor of the host institution(1) 10%
Letters of recommendation from two(2) referees 5%

Required Documents

To qualify, candidates for the scholarship must submit a complete application package containing the following documents:

  • The application form duly completed, dated, and signed;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A list of publications where applicable;
  • A description of the research project with bibliography, including: the research question or problem, objectives, working hypothesis, methodology, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of international relations (maximum 3 pages);
  • All official University level transcripts.
  • Letters of recommendation: 
  1. One letter from the research director covering the nature and the significance of the research project;
  2. One letter from a supervisor in the foreign institution where the candidate intends to do his research. The resources of the host institution offered to the candidate's research activities should be indicated; 
  3. Two letters from referees who must base their recommendation on the academic and professional excellence, research potential and skills of the candidate.



29 September

Unit scans and submits complete application package in pdf format to GPS via email attachment to gradcomp.gps [at] 
13 October Selected application package will be submitted to the MCFR by McGill.
November 2017 The final decision on the winner of the first prize will be taken by the Board of Directors of the MCFR.

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