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2014 Funding for graduate studies in the Faculty of Religious Studies


The Faculty of Religious Studies aims to provide graduate students a satisfactory and stable source of revenue, which includes provisions for tuition costs and living expenses. At present, we are able to offer significant financial support to Ph.D. students for the duration of their programme of study. Montreal has recently been rated the #1 student city in the world!

Quebec universities have the lowest tuition fees in Canada, and the cost of living in Montreal is quite low. Graduate studies at McGill University are therefore relatively affordable.

To live in Montreal an individual student will need roughly CAD 12,000. In addition, tuition and other compulsory fees for Full-Time PhD studies will amount to roughly CAD 4,000 for Canadian residents and roughly CAD 16,ooo for International students. For Full-time MA studies, tuition and other compulsory fees will amount to roughly CAD 4,000 for Quebec residents, roughly CAD 8,000 for non-Quebec Canadian residents and roughly CAD 17,ooo for International students. Further resources for financial planning of graduate studies are available through the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

2014 Doctoral entrance fellowships

For in-coming students admitted to begin doctoral programmes (PhD Full-Time) in September 2014, the Faculty of Religious Studies may award the following major funding packages:

  1. ONE three-year "Tomlinson" Funding Package of at least* CAD 35,000 per year.
  2. TWO four-year "Cantwell Smith" Funding Packages of at least* CAD 16,000 per year. (Each of these packages includes a Wilfred Cantwell Smith Graduate Fellowship, honouring the memory of an influential and internationally renowned professor in the Faculty. Wilfred Cantwell Smith Graduate Fellowships are available through the generosity of Barbara and Patrick Keenan.)
  3. THREE two-year "FRS Major" Funding Packages of at least* CAD 24,000 per year.

* In combination with these major funding packages, the Faculty of Religious Studies may assign up to FOUR Differential Fee Waivers for newly-admitted PhD students who are not Canadian residents. Such Differential Fee Waivers cover the difference between the award-holder’s international tuition fees and Quebec residents’ tuition fees. (The award-holder remains responsible for the equivalent of Quebec residents’ tuition fees.) For more information see Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

All Doctoral Entrance Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis; all applicants who have completed their applications by the funding deadline will be considered. Other entrance funding packages may also become available; again, all applicants who have completed their applications by the funding deadline will be considered.

2014 Master's entrance fellowships

All in-coming students admitted to begin MA programmes (Full-Time) in September 2014 in the Faculty of Religious Studies will be considered for admission packages of aproximately CAD 1,800.

External graduate funding

Potential applicants are strongly urged to investigate all external funding sources well in advance of making application to a graduate program and to enter the competition for such fellowships as SSHRC and FQRSC in the fall of the year prior to commencing graduate studies. Thus, potential MA students should consider applying in the final year of their undergraduate studies; potential PhD students should apply in the final year of their MA studies.

Students who receive Faculty of Religious Studies graduate funding are required to apply for all external funding for which they are eligible, unless excused under special circumstances by the Fellowships Working Group.

All students who are eligible are strongly urged to apply early in the fall to the following competitions:

  1. SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), for Canadians and permanent residents only
  2. FQRSC (Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture), for Quebec permanent residents only
  3. Trudeau Foundation Scholarships
  4. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  5. PBEEE (Programme de bourses d'excellence pour étudiants étrangers), for international students only.

The application deadlines for these fellowships range from July to October. Students are strongly encouraged to start working on applications early and to contact their supervisor for help designing the best possible proposal.

For new applicants more information, including links to agency websites and deadlines can be found at Future Graduate Students website.

Students in program can find useful guidance at Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

In-Program funding

Each year, all graduate students in programme will be considered in consultation with supervisors and the Graduate Program Director for a range of internal Faculty of Religious Studies graduate bursaries and awards, including the following:

  1. A.R. Gordon Awards
  2. Arthur and Jessie Lochead Bursary Fund
  3. Deirdre and Robert Stevenson Award
  4. Houston Bursary
  5. Religious Studies Bursary Fund
  6. Samuel Finley National Bursary
  7. Topping Memorial Bursary
  8. McBurney Graduate Fellowships
  9. Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem Graduate Award
  10. Birks Fellowships

More information about these bursaries and awards can be found here Awards and bursaries.

Ph.D. Dissertation finishing fellowships

The generosity of Barbara and Patrick Keenan has also provided for two annual Ph.D. Dissertation Finishing Fellowships for doctoral students in Religious Studies. We anticipate that these fellowships will become available beginning in 2016.

The professors, staff and friends of the Faculty of Religious Studies have also established a Ph.D. “Student Dissertation Fund” to assist students in the final stages of their doctoral programme. All students close to completing programme requirements will be considered in consultation with supervisors and the Graduate Program Director; students do not need to apply for these funding opportunities.

Research travel funding

The Faculty of Religious Studies Graduate Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel for the purposes of research (including archival research or field work) and the dissemination of research (including conference presentations and talks). Funding is provided in part by the GREAT program of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office and by the Faculty of Religious Studies.

Application deadlines are October 1, February 1 and May 1. Completed application form and support documents (detailed in the application form) should be sent to:

Francesca Maniaci
Birks Building
Room 113, 3520 University
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7
francesca [dot] maniaci [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Note: in the event that the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.