Travel Awards

GREAT (Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel) Award

The Integrated Program in Neuroscience has been allocated enough money for multiple GREAT awards of $500 each, twice a year.


Students can request funds for travel to national and international conferences to present the results of their work or for travel to other labs to learn new techniques and expand research skills. Travel must take place at the specified time indicated in your application form. For example, if you win a GREAT award for usage in the Fall, it cannot be carried over to the Winter competition if you decide that you want to attend something else. If you change your mind about your travelling plans, please let the office know immediately so that we can give the award to another deserving student. If you have received a GREAT Award in the preceding term, you are not eligible to apply.

Please note: If you are graduating you are not eligible to apply for this award.


Download the fillable application form here.

Please return the completed application form via email to ipn [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Append any documents supporting your travel request, e.g. accepted abstract, confirmation of conference registration


October 15 (For travel between November 1 and April 30) OR

April 15 (For travel between May 1 and October 31)


Awardees will receive $500 deposited into their accounts after they have submitted proof of having spent at least that amount on costs related to their travel, and proof that the travel has taken place. The IPN will not fund any travel request for a conference that occurs after the initial thesis is submitted.

Travel Registry

The Minerva Travel Registry and Pre-departure Orientation are resources designed to help prepare students undertaking University-related international activities. According to the International Mobility Guidelines, participation is mandatory for most undergraduate and graduate students.   Are you participating?

Pre-Departure Orientation

Graduate students travelling to attend an international conference or formally organized workshop in countries listed by DFAIT at Level-1 (Exercise normal security precautions) or Level-2 (Exercise a high degree of caution) are not required to attend Pre-Departure Orientation but are required to complete a Travel Registry form on Minerva for all travel activities. All other students are required both to participate in Pre-departure Orientation and to complete the Travel Registry. Students planning multiple international activities are only required to participate in orientation once, but must complete a separate Travel Registry form for each activity.


Osler Travel Award for McGill or ZNZ Grad/Postdoc students travel to Oxford

The Osler Graduate/ Postdoctoral Research Travel Award provides support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from McGill or the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ) to travel to Oxford in order to undertake research to advance their scientific expertise. The award is valued to a maximum of £3200 and is tenable only in the term in which the travel is occurring.

Eligible individuals (See terms of reference below) may apply in writing including all required information to Dr Nicholas Irving (nicholas [dot] irving [at] ndcn [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk). The deadline for applications is 31st December 2015. A decision on funding will be made by the end of January 2016 and funds will be available for use by the end of February 2016.

For more information click here.

Training opportunities for McGill and Oxford PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at ZNZ