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Financial Support for Graduate Programs in Law

The Faculty of Law is able to offer substantial funding to many graduate students in our Master’s and Doctoral programs. Support comes in numerous forms: Faculty Fellowship, awards established by Law Alumni, Graduate Excellence Fellowships from the University, major competitive Fellowships, awards to reduce international fees, and research assistance opportunities with law professors and Research Centres. Fellowship recipients are selected by the Graduate Studies Admissions Committee, Fellowships Selection Committees, and the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Law, on the basis of academic excellence combined with demonstrated need.

While varied in its sources, funding at McGill remains limited; therefore, all graduate students are encouraged and expected to apply for all external scholarships and fellowships for which they are eligible.

You will find information about government aid programs, McGill loans and bursaries for students in financial need, scholarship funding, debt management, and individualized budget counseling on the McGill Student Aid Office site. The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies also provides considerable information on funding opportunities available to graduate students at McGill.

Graduate Program Fees

To view the latest schedule of fees and to obtain further information regarding graduate student fees, please refer to McGill's Student Information's Graduate studies fee schedules page.

In the LL.M. Thesis programs, students are charged a flat rate based on 15 credits per term if they are registered full-time.

In the LL.M. non-thesis programs, students are charged a flat rate (based on 15 credits per term) if they are registered full-time, or a per credit rate if they are registered for fewer than 12 credits. LL.M. non-thesis students must seek approval from the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in order to register below 12 credits.

Certificate students will be charged tuition fees at the per credit rate and will be subject to student society fees, student services fees, registration and transcripts charges, and information technology charges.

Master's and DCL annual fees listed at the links below are based on 2 full-time terms (30 credits). Note, however, that students in the LL.M. programs (both thesis and non-thesis) MUST complete a minimum of 3 full-time terms (e.g. Fall, Winter and Summer) and 45 credits in total in order to satisfy the residency and program requirements. In calculating "annual" fees for a year of three terms, LL.M. students will need to adjust the fees listed to include an additional 15 credits.

McGill Student Accounts: Graduate Tuition & Fees

McGill's Student Information also has a Cost of Attendance page, which is a general guide on how much you can expect your graduate education to cost (estimates are for a year, so you may have to adjust your calculations accordingly).

Sources of Funding for Graduate Students

Whether you are applying to or are in the midst of a graduate program, there are several sources of financial assistance available. For up-to-date information, visit the following sites:

Loans and Bursaries

To receive support from the Quebec Loans and Bursaries Program, students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and be residents of Quebec registered as full-time students.

Canadian residents from provinces other than Quebec can apply for Canada Student Loans and for loans from their province of residence. Information about Quebec or Canada Student Loans is available from McGill Student Aid.

Law Fellowships with a Competitive Selection Process

Please refer to Law Graduate Admissions:Financial Help: Scholarships, funds and bursaries for the full list of major Fellowships for which graduate students are invited to apply, such as the O’Brien Fellowships for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the Tomlinson Fellowships, the Boeing Fellowships in Air and Space Law and others.

Faculty Scholarships and Prizes

Bequests received by the Faculty of Law provide scholarships to support graduate students upon admission or within their program. It is not necessary to complete a specific application form to be considered for these funds. However, the Graduate Programs Office does invite students to contact them directly for consideration of financial assistance if available.

A complete list of graduate scholarships and prizes is available in the Faculty of Law Calendar (look under The Faculty: Scholarships, Prizes and Student Aid).

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT Awards)

The GREAT Awards are intended to support travel related to participation in conferences.  These awards shall be allocated to students presenting at and/or attending conferences taking place between September 1st and August 31st. Priority will be given to applicants presenting a conference paper, particularly as the principal author of the work in question.  For further information, please refer to Travel Assistance.

Value: 10 Awards of up to $750.00 for conference paper presentations (or equivalent), and 10 Awards of up to $250.00 for attendance at conferences.

MacDonald Graduate Fellowship – 2-year PhD fellowship or 1-year Master’s fellowship

Awarded by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law to two meritorious students, admitted to one of the Faculty's thesis graduate programs, in order to enable such students to pursue graduate studies in law at McGill. Preference will be given to students intending to study at the doctoral level. In the case of doctoral students who receive the fellowship, it may be renewed for a second year subject to the student maintaining good standing in the program and obtaining a highly satisfactory progress report on the thesis.
Value: $10,000 each.

Rathlyn Foundation Fellowships in Law

Established in 2009 by the Rathlyn Foundation. Awarded by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Students Office on nomination of the Faculty of Law to outstanding students in the LLM or DCL programs conducting research in the area of human rights with a preference to students interested in disability law and policy.
Value: variable.

External Funding for Graduate Students

The Faculty of Law's Career Development Office (room 416, New Chancellor Day Hall) offers some information on funding through CareerLink and in its resource centre. A more complete collection of publications containing scholarship information can also be found in the reference department of the McLennan Library.

External agencies sponsor several awards and fellowships for students studying law:

Canadian Students

For Canadian citizens and landed immigrants, grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are a prime source of aid. For more information, go directly to the Government of Canada's SSHRC web site.

Quebec Residents can also apply for a fellowship from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture.

Other Awards Available:

International Students

International students may be eligible for assistance from their sending government. They can also contact their nearest Canadian diplomatic mission, as the Canadian government offers scholarships to nationals of certain countries.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan supports students from Commonwealth nations. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) publishes a guide to funding opportunities. It is available from ACU and most universities have a copy in the research department.

UNESCO also provides Funding and fellowship information and resources on their site.

Finally, see these sources of external funding:

For additional information on external contests, prizes and bursaries, please visit the Student Life section of this site.