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Scholarships and Funding

Prospective and current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows may be eligible to receive funding from a variety of sources. Graduate students at McGill are primarily funded through stipends from their supervisor’s research grants. Students may be eligible to receive Graduate Excellence Fellowships (GEF) which are merit-based and at the discretion of the graduate unit. Current students may receive Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) awards to assist with travel to present their research at conferences. More detailed information can be found on the funding page of the GPS website. For an estimate of tuition and fees costs please consult the information provided by Student Accounts. When using this tool, select your Residency status (Quebec, Non-Quebec Canadian, or International), then select either Master’s Full-Time or PhD Full-Time as appropriate.

External Funding Opportunities

Canadian and Permanent Resident status students with strong academic standing should explore applications to the federal tri-council funding agencies: NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC. Quebec residents should additionally investigate eligibility for FQRNT, FRSQ, and FQRSC. International applicants may be eligible for other awards offered through these agencies.

Please find eligibility by citizenship information at the GPS Student Funding Opportunities webpage.

McGill and Faculty-level Funding Opportunities

Numerous fellowships, scholarships and prizes are available to both entering and in-course graduate students within the Faculty. The majority of these are determined through nominations from supervisors and/or the associated graduate unit. A general listing of named Fellowships and Awards is found using the top tabs at https://www.mcgill.ca/internalawards/. Many of these are specific to our Faculty and graduate units.

Differential Fee Waivers (DFW)

Full-year DFWs are available to select international students based on merit. Eligible graduate students in the first year of a M.Sc. (MSc1) program or first two years of the Ph.D. program (PhD2-3) are eligible. The DFW provides an amount of funds equivalent to the difference in tuition between that charged to International and Quebec students. The actual amount will vary by program and year. For 2014-15, the Faculty was allocated 42 DFWs for eligible international graduate students.

MITACS Internships

The MITACS suite of programs aims to connect companies, government and academia by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects.  Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose research is in partnership with industry should investigate these opportunites.

Postdoctoral Funding

Postdoctoral fellows are funded primarily through their prospective supervisor’s research grant. Several external funding opportunities exist both at Federal and Provincial levels for both domestic and international applicants. These are described at the GPS Postdoctoral Funding webpage and using the Postdoctoral tab at the top of https://www.mcgill.ca/internalawards/.