Awards and grants

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Student Awards and Sources of Funding for Student Projects

Dean of Arts Development Fund

All alma mater fund donations designated to the Faculty of Arts are directed to the Dean of Arts Development Fund (DADF). The funds are allocated at the Dean’s discretion to support Faculty projects, as well as undergraduate and graduate learning.

The DADF supports a wide range of events, publications and research opportunities for members of the Faculty of Arts, enhancing Faculty research and the student learning experience.

Only requests submitted on the appropriate application form (see below) will be considered. The form must be signed and dated by the applicant, and by the Department Chair.

Application Criteria/Information for Students Requesting Funding

  • Must be a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts
  • The Dean of Arts Development Fund does not fund individual student activities
  • Only University recognized groups/organizations are eligible to receive funding
  • Priority will be given to events/projects taking place in the Faculty of Arts
  • Any project that involves another McGill Faculty must show evidence that support is being received from that Faculty (this information must be included in the budget section of the application)
  • Awards customarily range from $100-$2,000

Application Criteria/Information for Faculty Members Requesting Funding

  • Must be a full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Arts
  • The Dean of Arts Development Fund does not fund individual faculty activities
  • Applications are solely to request funding for academic conferences, workshops and visiting speakers
  • Only University recognized groups/organizations are eligible to receive funding
  • Priority will be given to events being held at McGill
  • Funding is to be confirmed from other sources (as applications without matching funding from other sources may be unsuccessful)
  • Awards customarily range from $100-$2,000

The Dean will review and assess applications 4 times a year:


=>September 2016 Meeting (applications due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 7, 2016)

=>December 2016 Meeting (applications due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016)

=>March 2017 Meeting (applications due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017)

=>June 2017 Meeting (applications due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 24, 2017)

Awards are made possible through the generous support of our Alumni and friends of the Faculty of Arts.

A DADF administrator will inform the applicant of any decision and release the funds where applicable. Successful applicants are required to advertise the support of the Dean of Arts Development Fund. This includes the printing of the DADF logo on all posters and other promotional material. All recipients of funding are also required to provide a final report on the outcome of their projects/events to the Faculty of Arts Development Office within 30 days of the project's/event's completion. Applicants who do not submit a final report may be ineligible to apply for future funding.

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SUPPORT THE DADF To make a contribution to the DADF follow the link on this page or contact joanna [dot] gottlieb [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Joanna Gottlieb), Development Officer, Development & Alumni Relations Office, Faculty of Arts, (514) 398-7204.

Ways to Give

1) By Cheque – Please send your cheque to the Faculty of Arts, McGill University, Peterson Hall, Room 218, 3460 McTavish Street Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0E6

2) By Credit Card - Phone Joanna Gottlieb at 514-398-7204.

3) By Credit Card – Online – follow this link.

Always specify your intention to support the DADF. Our fund allocation code is - 02102. Marking this on your cheque or in “other” comments will ensure your gift supports the causes which are of importance to you.


Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award

The Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Awards are designed to recognize outstanding teaching in the Faculty by graduate students, and will be awarded at the April Faculty meeting. All full-time Arts graduate students in good standing who are Teaching Assistants or Course Lecturers are eligible for this award, and any student or member of the academic staff may submit a nomination.

Three awards of $500 each will be made. Thoughtful and detailed letters of nomination carry greater weight in the selection process than mere numbers of nominations.

Please address your nomination letter to the Committee on Graduate Studies and submit it by email to sarah [dot] kaderabek [at] mcgill [dot] ca or in person, Dawson Hall, Room 216. Please contact Sarah Kaderabek at 514-398-4400, ext. 094822, or at the above email, if you have any questions.

DEADLINE: Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Recent Winners

Milaine Alarie, Sociology
Daniel Goodhue, Linguistics
Kathrin Spiller, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Ms. Josie Torres Barth, English
Ms. Mehri Ghazanjani, Sociology
Mr. Michael Hamilton, Linguistics

Mr. Douglas Barthold, Economics
Mr. Brian Buccola, Linguistics
Mr. Vladimir Ivantsov, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Mr. José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz, Sociology

Ms. Bree Akesson, Social Work
Ms. Casey McCormick, English
Ms. Kalyani Thurairajah, Sociology

Ms. Rosemary Carlton, Social Work
Ms. Paulina Mickiewicz, Art History and Communication Studies
Mr. Walter Pedersen, Linguistics

Ms. Samantha Burton, Art History
Mr. Robert Stephens, Philosophy
Ms. Cheryl Thompson, Communication Studies

Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, Islamic Studies
Mr. Emrah Sahin, History
Mr. William Dalton, Linguistics

Mr. Bok Hoong Young Hoon, Economics
Mr. Yvan Tétrault, Philosophy

Ms. Tania Jenkins, Sociology
Mr. Oner Ozçelik, Linguistics

Ms. Andrea Braithwaite, Art History and Communication Studies
Mr. James Devine, Political Science
Mr. Daniel Douek, Political Science
Mr. Tobin Skinner, Linguistics

Arts Graduate Student Travel Award:
Due to a lack of sufficient funds, there will not be a January 2016 competition

Funding is provided by the GREAT program of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and by donor gifts. A select number of GST applicants will be chosen to receive the Schull Yang International Experience Award, supported by Joseph Schull (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang (BCL , LLB ’88) to help students gain firsthand international experience related to their fields of study. The award is meant to provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to the international experience.

For the January 15, 2016 deadline the Faculty of Arts has a very limited amount of Graduate Student Travel Award funding.  Application details will be posted soon.

The application deadlines are: January 15, 2016, May 15, 2016 and September 15, 2016. **Due to reductions in our funding along with increased demand, the January 15, 2016 competition will give priority to MA2, PhD5 and PhD6 applicants.

*In the event that the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.

Send to:
Dr. Sarah Kaderabek
Office of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Dawson Hall, Room 216
853 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5

Tel: 514-398-4400 Ext. 094822
Email: sarah [dot] kaderabek [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Wolfe Graduate Fellowships

The Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy is pleased to announce a competition for a limited number of Wolfe Graduate Fellowships for McGill graduate students in the Faculty of Arts whose thesis work reflects the themes of the Chair.

The mandate of the Wolfe Chair is to conduct research, teach and perform public outreach regarding the intellectual foundations, nature and methods of scientific and technological innovation and to provide support to well-rounded students capable of making constructive contributions to debates surrounding science, technology, and society. The Chair is devoted to research that advances understanding of key scientific and technological concepts and examines the relationships among science, technology, and a broad range of social, ethical, political, and economic issues, practices and conditions.

We are seeking outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Arts conducting research in areas directly related to the themes of the Wolfe Chair and preferably who will be writing their thesis or dissertation during the 2016-2017 academic year (preference will be given to PhD students during their final year of the program). These fellowships (valued at $8000) will be awarded on the basis of high academic standing, community involvement, and athletic activities. Students must be registered as full time graduate students during the 2016-2017 academic year to receive funds.

Applications should include:

All documents should be sent to Dr. Gabriella Coleman (gabriella [dot] coleman [at] mcgill [dot] ca) no later than May 2, 2016 with the subject line “Wolfe Dissertation Fellowship 2016-2017”. 

In addition, please turn in a physical copy of all materials to:

Sarah Kaderabek, PhD
Liaison Officer
Faculty of Arts, McGill University
Dawson Hall 216

Successful applicants will be required to report outcomes of the Fellowship to Wolfe Chair and to write a letter to the donor.

The Max Stern Museum Fellowship

The Max Stern Museum Fellowship, funded by a bequest from art dealer Max Stern and in accordance with his will, supports McGill graduate students whose research directly involves the McGill Visual Arts Collection. It was established in 1991 by the trustees of the Max Stern Estate.

The Department of Art History and Communication Studies invites applications for the Max Stern Museum Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year.

Eligibility: Offered to meritorious graduate students in art history in the Faculty of Arts at McGill University whose research will directly involve McGill’s Visual Arts Collection (VAC).  No citizenship restrictions. The Fellowship will be offered at $20,000 for a doctoral student and at $15,000 for a master’s student.  Possibility of renewal for Summer 2017 at $5,000 for any candidate. 

The ideal candidate is a student who is interested in a museum career.  The Fellow will have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of how collections are managed and will be in a strong position to move forward later to a professional position at a museum. The collection’s strengths are in Canadian art with growing strengths in Asian and First Nations art, but students in other fields are also encouraged to apply. The collection and the collection records are available for research to advance toward the degree.

Under the supervision of the Director of Curatorial Affairs of the VAC, the Max Stern Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the research about the collection in advance of the migration of records on the 2300 works of art in the collection to a new database.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in team work on both small and major projects, such as the movement of large numbers of works of art before and after building renovations, installation of art on campus, visits to see private collections, and development of texts for the VAC website. The Fellow will be required to sign a document confirming that he or she will not divulge confidential information.

Preference will be given to doctoral candidates who will have completed their coursework and comprehensive exams, but master’s students writing theses will also be considered.

To apply: Submit a one-page research statement detailing interest in the McGill Visual Arts Collection , a CV, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two references to:

Prof. Matthew Hunter, Graduate Program Director, at matthew [dot] hunter3 [at] mcgill [dot] ca with the subject line Max Stern Fellowship Application. 

Extended Deadline: July 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Archie Malloch Graduate Fellowships in Public Learning

Archie Malloch Graduate Fellowships in Public Learning
Value: Up to $6500 (amount may vary from year to year)
Duration: 1 September to 31 December or 1 January to 30 April
Number of awards available: 1 in Fall term; 1 in Winter term
Application deadline: 21 February 2014 (5:00pm)
IPLAI invites applications from exceptional graduate students in any discipline who are completing interdisciplinary humanities-based PhD or MA theses that fit well with the goals and programs of the Institute. Recipients of the Malloch Graduate Awards must have completed all course requirements for their degree programs as well as the majority of their thesis research. Priority will be given to doctoral candidates, but master's students are eligible to apply. The awards are intended to fund the completion of the students' dissertation.
For more information and application requirements, see

Media@McGill Arts Graduate Research Fellowships

Media@McGill offers a research fellowship on a competitive basis, to doctoral students, registered in a department within the Faculty of Arts, conducting media-related research. The fellowship is provided to a PhD 4, 5 or 6 student conducting media-related research projects.

Please note that students registered in a program within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies are now eligible to apply for this fellowship. 

To apply, please visit the Media@McGill Arts Graduate Research Fellowship website and read the instructions on how to submit your application, paying particular attention to the Eligibility, Application Materials, and Condition of Award sections.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 24, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Please send your complete dossier in a single email to sophie [dot] toupin [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sophie Toupin), Project Adminstrator, Media@McGill.

Applications received late or without the required information will not be admissible.

For any further information, please contact sophie [dot] toupin [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sophie Toupin) or call 514-398-8364.

Media@McGill Postdoctoral Fellowship

Media@McGill is a hub of interdisciplinary research, scholarship and public outreach on issues in media, technology and culture, located in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies.

Media@McGill offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to promising scholars engaging in media-related research, as defined in Media@McGill’s mission statement.

Fellows are provided with a workspace, and are expected to take an active role in the research activities and academic life of Media@McGill (participation in conferences, seminars, etc.). They may also have the possibility of teaching a course within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies.

Eligibility: The Media@McGill Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to both national and international scholars who completed their doctoral degrees in a university other than McGill no earlier than June 1, 2011 or later. Fluency in English is essential; working knowledge of French is an asset.

Value and Duration:  The stipend for the Media@McGill Postdoctoral Fellowship is $45,000 CAD for 12 months (this includes a travel research stipend) beginning in the first week of September 2015.

Application Process: Click here to view the two-part application process for 2015-2016.

Arts Internship Awards

The Faculty of Arts Internship Program allows McGill University to offer the kind of global exposure that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom. McGill University is deeply committed to ensuring that our students are provided with every possible opportunity to make the most of their undergraduate years and to provide them with the necessary tools so they will be sought after by both the best graduate schools and employers. Internships are an ideal way for students to translate their classroom experience into real-world situations and gain valuable experience related to their field of study.

To reach the Faculty of Arts Internship home page, click here.

To go directly to the Arts Internship Awards page, click here.

Undergraduate Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA)

The purpose of Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA) is to support students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Where possible, students should also be permitted to obtain academic credit for the research internship through the appropriate course offered by a department.

To reach the Faculty of Arts Internship home page, click here.

To go directly to the Undergraduate Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA) page, click here.

Moyse Travelling Scholarship for undergraduates who will be completing their final year.

Founded by the late Right Honourable Lord Atholstan, to commemorate the "splendid services of Dr. Charles E. Moyse, for forty-two years Professor of English, during sixteen of which he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Vice-Principal of the University." Two scholarships, tenable for one year, are to be awarded. One scholarship will be awarded for distinction by the Faculty of Arts and the other for distinction by the Faculty of Science. The values for each Faculty will be $11,000. If there is no winner in one of these faculties, both scholarships may be awarded to applicants in the other faculty.

Although this is highly unlikely, in the absence of applicants of sufficient merit in either of the faculties, applications from final year students in other undergraduate faculties, or from graduate students may be considered.

Holders must devote the year of tenure to advanced study, preferably in a British or European university, but not to the exclusion of other institutions approved by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science.

How to apply

Letters of application,whether from graduate or from students in the final year of the undergraduate course, should reach the Deans of the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science not later than April 1st. Applications should be accompanied by:

1. the names of two referees who are familiar with the applicant's work, who have been asked by the applicant to write to the Dean (c/o Course and Program Officer, Dawson Hall, Room 309) on the applicant's behalf. These letters should stress the academic and scholarly qualities that make the individual applicant outstanding in comparison with other students.

2. the letters of reference themselves (it is the applicant's responsibility to have letters of reference in place to complete the file);

3. a detailed and comprehensive statement of the applicant's proposed course of study including the institutio or centre at which he or she proposes to study;

4. an official McGill Transcript if the applicant is not in the current graduating class;

5. a statement indicating other sources of graduate funding acquired or are possibly available to the applicant.




For other awards available to Arts students, go to the Teaching and Learning page and click on the Learning menu.


Information on Research Grants and Other Grants for Faculty Members