Awards & Grants

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Avenues for success

The Faculty of Arts is connected to a vast network of support for students and faculty to pursue research initiatives, internships, studies abroad, and so much more.

McCall MacBain Scholarships - Master’s and Professional Programs

A full graduate scholarship and community to help you make a difference in the world.

Awards and funding for student projects

Browse the tabs in the column on the left to learn about all the funding opportunities available to McGill students.

Dean of Arts Development Fund

Please note, as McGill University campuses are closed and all Campus Life & Engagement in-person activities including workshops and events are cancelled or postponed to a later date, the DADF committee will not be accepting or reviewing applications until further notice.

Should you have any questions please email dadf [at]

Classroom experience is a crucial part of an undergraduate degree, but practical learning is vital to ensuring our graduates get a head start. Supporting their ability to gain hands-on experience can make all the difference in their university careers, as internship and research experiences become more and more necessary in our current job market.

The Dean of Arts Development Fund (DADF) provides essential funding for programs such as internship awards, research internships, and student advising, as well as numerous events, research projects, and publications by students and faculty members.

How to apply for a DADF award

Application guidelines for students

  • Must be a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts
  • The DADF does not fund individual student activities
  • Only University recognized groups are eligible
  • Priority will be given to 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 range from $100 - $2000

Student application form: Microsoft Office document iconDADF student application 2017-18

Application guidelines for faculty members

  • Must be a full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Arts
  • The DADF does not fund individual faculty member activities
  • Applications are only accepted for academic conferences, workshops, and visiting speakers
  • Only University recognized groups are eligible
  • 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 range from $100 - $2000

Faculty member application form: Microsoft Office document iconDADF faculty member application 2017-18

As always, awards are made possible through the generous support of our Alumni and friends of the Faculty of Arts.

Competition Results

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 the DADF logo on posters and other promotional material. Recipients of funding are also required to provide a final report on the outcome of their projects or events to the Faculty of Arts Development Office within 30 days of its completion. Applicants who do not submit a final report may be ineligible for future funding.


Arts Dissertation Awards

The Arts Insights Dissertation Awards recognize excellence in doctoral research in the Faculty of Arts and are awarded at the April Arts Faculty Council Meeting.  PhD students who defended their dissertation during the previous calendar year may be nominated for this award. Since 2011, two awards are given: one in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences. Only one nomination per Department will be considered.

Dossiers must include:

  • a letter of recommendation from the GPD, which must indicate either a humanities or social sciences nomination, and explain the selection process;
  • reports of the internal and external examiners;
  • a copy of the candidate’s c.v.;
  • a copy of the dissertation’s Abstract, Table of Contents, first chapter and one other representative chapter.
  • a copy of the unofficial McGill graduate transcript

Please address your nomination letter to the Committee on Graduate Studies and submit it by email to adr.arts [at], no later than March 9, 2020.  Please contact adr.arts [at] or 514-398-1447 if you have any questions.

Past Winners


  • Reilley Caitlin Bishop –Stall, Arts History and Communication Studies 
  • Ilyan Ferrer, Social Work


  • Fadia Bahgat, Islamic Studies
  • Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron, LInguistics


  • Sean Desjardins, Anthropology
  • Shaun Ross, English


  • Claudia Bouliane, Département de langue et littérature françaises
  • Jose Ignatio Nazif-Munoz, Sociology


  • Benjamin Ferland, Political Science
  • Robert Stephens, Philosophy


  • Marjorie Silverman, Social Work
  • Ian Whittington, English


  • David-Etienne Bouchard, Linguistics


  • Katayoun Baghai, Sociology
  • Christina Smylitopoulos, Art History and Communication Studies


  • Amy Scott, English


  • Leah Clark, Art History and Communication Studies


  • Renée-Claude Breitenstein, Département de langue et littérature françaises


  • Liisa Stephenson, English


  • Petra Kalshoven, Anthropology

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 are 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. Any student or member of the academic staff may submit a nomination.

Three awards of $500 each will be made.

Please address your nomination letter to the Committee on Graduate Studies and submit it by email to adr.arts [at]

Please contact adr.arts [at] or 514-398-1447, if you have any questions.

DEADLINE: March 9, 2020

Recent Winners

2018 -2019

  • Chris Rice, English
  • Paolo Saporito, LLC (Italian Studies)
  • Sabeena Shaikh, Islamic Studies


  • Manuel Cardenas, English
  • David Collins, Philosophy
  • Jeffrey Lamontagne, Linguistics


  • Emre Amasyali, Sociology
  • Alice Everly, Philosophy
  • Felix Fuchs, English


  • 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

Schull Yang International Experience Awards for Graduate Travel

The Schull Yang International Experience Award, supported by Joseph Schull (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang (BCL, LLB ’88) helps undergraduate and graduate students gain first hand international experience related to their fields of study. The award provides full or partial funding to assist students with tuition, travel and other expenses related to their international experience.  The Schull Yang International Experience Award for Graduate Travel is part of the McGill International Experience Awards.  For more information, please visit here.

This award supports research travel for archival research or fieldwork lasting at least one (1) semester/term. The research or fieldwork must be directly required to complete the PhD.


Competition procedures 2020-2021

Application Deadline: TBD.

Award Value: Up to a maximum of $6,000

*Notice: In light of the current COVID-19 circumstances, the Schull Yang International Experience Awards for Graduate Travel is on hold. We are waiting for further updates on the competition 2020-2021. 



  • You must be are travelling outside Canada for archival research or fieldwork for a duration of at least one (1) semester/term.
  • Travel must take place between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.
  • You must be registered as a full-time PhD student in the Faculty of Arts at the time of application as well as during the Academic Year 2019-2020.
  • You must be a returning student who will register full-time in your program for at least one (1) academic year upon completion of your travel.


How to Apply

Submit the following materials in a single PDF file by email to adr.arts [at]

  • PDF iconApplication Form, signed by you, your supervisor, and your Graduate Program Director
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial McGill transcripts
  • CV
  • A copy of your ethics certificate (if your research involves human participants, animals or the use of biohazard materials)


Selection Criteria

Recipients are competitively selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence: You must demonstrate a level of commitment to the completion of their studies and a high standard of academic achievement in your chosen field.
  • Community involvement and commitment to giving back: You must show current involvement with the McGill community through extra-curricular activities, or in professional settings related to your field of study. You must also demonstrate how your international experience will impact your community and field of study.
  • Professional development and potential to become global leader: You must demonstrate the relevance of the international activity to your professional development, or an interest in pushing the scope of your academic discipline into a professional context.


Decisions and Notification Timeline 

Decisions concerning the awards will be made by mid-July by the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. 


If Your Application is Successful

  • You will be required to complete a Travel Registry Form on Minerva, and attend the McGill Pre-Departure Orientation Session. 
  • You will be asked to submit documentation according to McGill International Experience Awards Handbook.  You will receive a list of required documents by email. 

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. To be eligible, students must have fulfilled all dissertation/thesis proposal requirements for their department. Preference will be given to students who are writing their thesis or dissertation during the 2019-2020 academic year and, in particular, to PhD students during their final year of their program. Graduate students who are registered at PhD 7 or MA 3 during the 2018-2019 academic year are not eligible to apply for this fellowship.

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 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years to receive funds.

Applications should include:

  • A completed Fileapplication form
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from your thesis supervisor

All documents should be sent to Dr. Gabriella Coleman (gabriella.coleman [at] no later than March 13, 2020 with the subject line “Wolfe Dissertation Fellowship 2020-2021."

In addition, please turn in a physical copy of all materials in the following office: Student affairs Office (Arts Building 155) between 9:00-12:00 and 1:30-4:00

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

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.

Application deadline: N/A

Please send your complete dossier in a single email to sophie.toupin [at] (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.toupin [at] (Sophie Toupin) or call 514-398-8364.

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.

Moyse Travelling Scholarship

For undergraduates who will be completing their final year

DEADLINE: April 1, 2021

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 approximately $10,000.

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 (c/o Jackie Gregory, Course and Program Officer at jackie.gregory [at] not later than April 1, 2021.

All documents must be submitted in PDF format.

Applications should be sent by email and 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 Jackie Gregory, Course and Program Officer at jackie.gregory [at] 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);  References should be sent directly to Jackie Gregory at jackie.gregory [at];
  3. A detailed and comprehensive statement of the applicant's proposed course of study including the institution 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.

**Please include your contact information (e-mail address, telephone number and mailing address)**


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