Scholarships & awards

Anti-Black Racism Initiative Recruitment Awards

GPS offers Graduate Excellence Recruitment Awards to Black applicants to our graduate degree programs. These awards are offered in support of McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism by nomination of their unit, based on self-identification during the admissions process.


  • PhD – 10,000
  • Master’s (Thesis) – 5,000
  • Master’s (Non-thesis) – 2,500

For more information, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Black Student internship, research and laboratory summer programs

Many programs are available for summer internship in research, community organizations and various labs throughout different Faculties and departments.

The IBRO Neuroscience Summer Studentship Program for Black Undergraduate Students as well as similar opportunities in Biology, Physics, Geography and Environment Studies and research internships with Faculty of Arts & Science professors are available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Please inquire with the Black Student Affairs Liaison antoine-samuel.mauffettealavo [at] for more information

Charles R. Drew Graduate Fellowships

The Charles R. Drew Graduate Fellowships was launched in June 2021 in honour of one of McGill University’s most accomplished alumni: Charles R. Drew, MDCM’33, (1904–1950) an American surgeon and scientist who earned the title “Father of Blood Banking” for his trailblazing work on the long-term preservation of blood plasma. The fellowships aim to support Black students and increase their representation among McGill graduate students. The fellowships further seek to promote at McGill the values that Dr. Drew espoused and reflected throughout his lifetime: academic excellence, perseverance in the face of adversity, leadership, and a commitment to justice. The initiative is part of the university’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, and is given with preference to graduates of Howard University or other HBCU institution.

For more information, contact graduatefunding.gps [at]

Click here to see the profile of past recipients

Enriched Educational Opportunities: Need-based Bursary Program

Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs) are high-quality off-campus mobility or other experiential opportunities, and are officially recognized by your Faculty. They foster self-development and help students transition successfully to the workplace or graduate studies. The University is striving to expand opportunities for undergraduates to participate in EEOs and to make them accessible to all undergraduates regardless of their financial capacity.

Bursaries are non-repayable forms of financial assistance based on demonstrated financial need, to help undergraduate students with the additional costs associated with the extra opportunities.

Student eligibility

  • Undergraduate degree students registered full-time at the University with a satisfactory academic standing who have a demonstrate financial need can apply. 
  • You need an official record for EEO participation and a proof of successful completion of the EEO.

Visit the Scholarship and Students Aid website for more information and learn how to apply.

Faculty of Arts Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism Fund

The Faculty of Arts Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism Fund, is adjacent to McGill University’s APAABR and is designed to open opportunities for and support Arts students who wish to pursue an internship at a local, national or international organization that contributes to the flourishing of the Black community. Administered through the Faculty of Arts Internship Office and in consultation with the Equity team (Office of the Provost and Executive Vice-President (Academic)), this award is meant to provide partial funding to assist students with expenses related to their internship.

Here are the recipients for 2023 - 2022 & 2021

The fund is open to Faculty of Arts students (B.A., B.A & Sc., BSW, B.Th., M.A, MSW, MIS) who will be returning to McGill the semester following their internships. More information on how to apply here

Global Skills Opportunity Program (Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents)

The GSO program is administered by McGill Abroad. The GSO program aims to provide funding to equity deserving groups, including members of 2SLGBTQIA+ and racialized communities, Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and low-income students.    

International activities eligible for funding include: 

  • Field Study Courses and Semesters 
  • Internships and research opportunities – unpaid or insufficiently paid 
  • Research Abroad 
  • Academic Exchanges
  • Independent Study Away

There is a minimum duration of one week (excluding travel time). All students that meet the eligibility requirements below can apply for funding up to $5,000. Students belonging to the GSO target student groups i.e. Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and low-income students can apply for funding of (up to) $10,000. 

For more information, please visit the McGill Abroad website. Check out other available funding packages here.

Supports for Black student initiatives

The University's Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism supports Black student initiatives. Whether it be for participation to a conference, extra-curricular activity or to launch a new student initiative you can make a request for financial support of up to 500$. Apply here.

The Audrea Golding Black Student Leadership Award

About the Award

Established in 2021 by Audrea Jeannette Golding, BA 1992, the Audrea Golding Black Student Leadership Award celebrates the accomplishments of graduating Black students at McGill University. The Award is presented on behalf of the Black Grad Organizing Committee to two graduating students who have demonstrated extraordinary community leadership. Value: $2,500 each.

How to Apply

Students who are interested in applying are asked to provide a short 250-word essay detailing how they feel they have demonstrated community leadership and how they are connected to the Black community. One or more reference letter(s) from a Black community organization must also be emailed by said organization.

Applicants must ensure that all supporting documents are submitted by April 7, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EDT to goldingaward [at]

All applications will be reviewed by an internal McGill committee comprised of the Black McGill community. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.

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