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Fees and Funding

For information concerning regular tuition fees etc. see section 8 of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies General Information, Regulations and Research Guidelines Calendar. Fee information may also be found under Student Accounts.

Students are required to pay extra fees if they are taking less than 12 credits per term, taking additional terms of performance tutorial and/or vocal repertoire coaching, or taking elective practical instruction (see the Registration information for Graduate Studies in Music included in the registration package for details).

Students in non-thesis MA programs and the MMus in Sound Recording are charged the per-credit fee for ALL courses taken in the Summer Session. Students will be charged per-credit fees for all extra courses (defined as courses which are not part of the requirements for the student's degree program), in addition to the regular fees charged for graduate studies. Department Chairs may authorize students to count a course that will contribute directly to their success in a program requirement (e.g. a language course as preparation for a reading examination) as a required course. In such cases no extra fee is charged but the Graduate Office's requirement of a minimum mark of B- will apply. Students in half-time residence will be charged half of this fee ($340 per term).

Subsidized accompaniment

All Schulich School of Music students registered for practical instruction are eligible for subsidized accompaniment, up to a specified number of hours. Further details may be obtained from the Performance Office (Room A726C).

Financial aid

Although the costs of a graduate education can be high, there are many opportunities for graduate students in Music to receive or to earn financial support. A variety of fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, and assistantships are available through external agencies, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office, and the Schulich School of Music. Additional information on fellowships can be found on the GPSO site under Funding: Fellowships and Awards. Information received by the School concerning sources of funding is also forwarded to all current students by e-mail, whenever possible.

External funding (FQRSC/FQRNT, NSERC/SSHRC, Canada Council)

External funding for graduate students in Music can be obtained from three main Governmental programs: "Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture(FQRSC)  or Fonds de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council" of Canada (SSHRC) or Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); and "Canada Council" of Canada. Many funding agencies now have web sites and some of them provide electronic application forms as well. Here are the most important ones for music students:

The Canada Council
DAAD
FQRSC
FQRNT
SSHRC
NSERC

Further information concerning these McGill fellowships may be found on the GPSO site under Fellowships and Awards.

Applications for fellowships made to SSHRC/NSERC (Master's and Doctoral level) from students currently attending McGill are processed through the University. Full details concerning these competitions are sent out by email in early September each year. As the deadlines for these competitions are generally in late September or October for funding for the following academic year, students are advised to watch the notices and obtain the necessary forms as soon as they become available on the web.

Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) For master's and doctoral level study
Fonds de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) For master's and doctoral level study

Please note that candidates can apply to only one of the provincial agengies, FQRSC or FQRNT.  Most music students are eligible to apply to FQRSC, but Music Technology and Sound Recording students maybe more suited to apply to FQRNT.   These awards are not administered through the University.

Value (for fellowships commencing 2010-2011):

  • Masters' level (Bl competition) $15,000 per year for 2 years.
  • Doctoral level (B2 competition) $20,000 per year for 3 years.

Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have been residents of Quebec as defined by the Loi du Reglement sur l'assurance-maladie du Québec (see application for details).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) For doctoral and master's level study
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) For doctoral and master's level study

Please note that candidates can apply to only one of the federal agencies, SSHRC or NSERC. Most music students are eligible to apply to SSHRC, but Music Technology and Sound Recording students maybe more suited to apply to NSERC.

SSHRC:  Value (for fellowships commencing 2010-2011): Doctoral: Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) $35,000 per year (for 3 years) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships $20,000 (for up to 4 years). Master's scholarships are $17,500 per year (non-renewable).

NSERC:  Value (for fellowships commencing 2010-2011): Doctoral: Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) $35,000 per year (for up to 3 years) and NSERC Doctoral Fellowships $21,000 (for up to 3 years). Master's scholarships are $17,500 for one year (non-renewable).

Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

(SSHRC also offers post-doctoral fellowships. The forms are available on the SSHRC web site and the applicant must submit them directly to SSHRC, not through the University.)

Canada Council

Canada Council fellowships are awarded for graduate and postgraduate studies in music composition and performance. These awards are not administered by McGill.

Summer Differential fee waivers (for master's students only)

These may be awarded to Music students in a thesis program for Summer term studies. The only students eligible for differential fee waivers are international master's students registered full-time in a term of residence during the Summer term paying international student fees. The awarding of a differential fee waiver means that the student pays Quebec student fees instead of international student fees. As all international master's students are automatically considered for differential fee waivers, no application form is required. Differential fee waivers are awarded on the basis of academic merit. As students receiving fee waivers must be registered for a term of residence (at least 12 credits), students in the Department of Music Research in non-thesis programs are not eligible for summer differential fee waivers.

Schulich School of Music scholarships

A limited number of scholarships administered solely by the Schulich School of Music are available to graduate students. No applications are required as all incoming and current students are automatically considered. Scholarships for incoming graduate students are awarded in February/March. Current students with more than one "Incomplete" (K or KE) on their record will not be considered for scholarships.

Summer scholarships

Austrian Scholarship Two scholarships of $2,500 are awarded annually for summer study in Austria.

Notices about the application procedures and deadlines for this scholarship are posted and sent out by email from the Dean's Office in January.

Essay prizes

In order to encourage excellence in the art of writing about music the Schulich School of Music offers two essay prizes ($1000 and $500) to graduate students. The deadline for submission is in late February. Details are sent out by email.

Schulich School of Music Teaching Assistant and Course Lecturer Positions

Each year a limited number of Teaching Assistant (TA) and Course Lecturer positions for graduate students are available in the Department of Music Research.  Students assigned these positions are expected to maintain satisfactory academic performance.  In general, students with a failure or failures will not receive support.

TA positions are governed by the collective agreement between McGill University and the AGSEM (Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill) which is available from the AGSEM website: http://agsem-aeedem.ca/. Posting of TA vacancies are done electronically through the McGill University Career Planning Service (CaPS; www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/services/myfuture). For Fall, the posting date is March 15 with an application deadline of April 15; for Winter, the posting date is October 15 with an application deadline of April 15.   A notice with more specific application procedures as well as a list of which positions are available will be sent to the internal McGill email address in March and October.  Applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application at their internal McGill email address within thirty-five (35) days from the application deadline.  It is important to note that you must re-apply every term.

A call for Course Lecturer applications will be sent to the internal McGill email address in January for Summer (May/June session) positions and in the Spring for Fall and Winter positions.  Details of the positions available as well as application procedures will be included in those email notices.  Decisions will be communicated to the internal McGill email address upon their availability.  (NOTE: Summer session teaching is taken into account when determining annual financial support for graduate students.)

The Department of Music Research also has other positions available. Students interested in any of the following should indicate their interest to the appropriate person who will consult with the Department Chair, and in the case of research assistants, with those in the Area holding research grants.

  • Graders & Invigilators: Department of Music Research (research [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca)
  • Research Assistants: Area Chair of the student's specialization

Composer-in-residence program

The student Composer-in-Residence program is designed to provide a period of apprenticeship for student composers during which, through attendance at rehearsals and concerts, they will become intimately acquainted with the sound, idiomatic characteristics, technical level and rehearsal techniques of one of the large student ensembles and have an opportunity to write for that ensemble. Each year there is a position available for either the McGill Symphony Orchestra or the Contemporary Music Ensemble, one of the choral ensembles and one of the wind ensembles. Every second year there is a position available for the McGill Percussion Ensemble. The duration of the appointment is two terms, normally beginning in the second term of the academic year and continuing through the first term of the following academic year. Applications are accepted from any student enrolled in one of the composition courses at McGill University (undergraduate or graduate) who will continue to be in residence as a McGill student for the two academic years during which he or she will participate in the program. Applicants must submit to the Composition Area Chair two scores (with tapes if available) and a short letter indicating the ensemble for which the applicant wishes to write. The application deadline is November 30. After examination of the applications, the Composition Area Committee makes recommendations to the Chair of the Performance Department. As responsibilities of the composer-in-residence include attending all rehearsals, applicants should check to ensure that the regular rehearsals of the ensemble for which they are applying do not conflict with their classes.