The worldwide competition for attracting and retaining high-quality graduate students and postdoctoral researchers is fierce, as universities are increasingly focused on graduate education. McGill University is committed to provide financial support for graduate education. Through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and other academic units, McGill is strengthening its presence in this competition by increasing the numbers of student fellowships and scholarships, exploring new avenues for student support, and making it easier to disburse existing funds. We offer our research students the most competitive and generous funding level in Quebec. Our student support, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.
How are graduate students funded?
There are many sources of funding for graduate education, and the mechanism to obtain the funding will vary between sources. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to investigate the funding sources outlined here and to contact the academic unit to which they are applying to see if additional sources can be identified.
Generally, funding sources fall into two groups: external and internal sources. Internal funding is usually obtained at the time of application to the university. The academic unit considers all students for funding and that funding is awarded competitively, in the form of a ‘recruitment package’. External funding is obtained by the student, by application to an external agency. This application may occur before or after the student starts his studies, and, in some cases, must be routed through the university.
Internal Funding sources
- McGill Graduate fellowships
- Departmental and Faculty awards
- Stipends from McGill faculty members’ research grants or research contracts
- Teaching assistantships (TA)
- Research assistantships (RA)
For more information on the application process, please see our internal funding page.
External Funding sources
- Federal departments and agencies (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC for Canadian applicants)
- Canadian awards for international students (PBEEE, Vanier CGS, Trudeau Scholarship)
- Foreign government awards for study in Canada (check with your country’s educational authority)
- Provincial departments and agencies (i.e. FQRNT, FQRSC, FRSQ)
- Private companies
For more information on the application process, please see our external funding page.
For more information on funding opportunities, view the Graduate Fellowships & Awards Calendar.