Funding

Stipends

Your funding will be outlined in the letter of offer.

There is currently a minimum-stipend policy for Ph.D. students. Funding is guaranteed for 3 years for students starting at Ph.D. 2 and 4 years for students starting at Ph.D. 1. The minimum total yearly stipend varies depending on the student residency status (i.e., Quebec, non-Quebec Canadian, or international), anywhere from approximately $17,500/yr. to $32,000/yr.

While our program has no minimum stipend policy at the Master’s level, it is strongly suggested that supervisors provide sufficient funding for their students. Given the workload and expectations of the Master’s and Doctoral programs, students should not be obliged to support themselves by working part-time.Master’s applicants who are not funded by their supervisors will not be accepted into the program until there is documented evidence that they will have adequate funding from other sources to enable successful completion of their degree program.

The stipends for master’s students are usually between $15,000 and $22,000, depending on the qualifications of the student, the field of study and the supervisor. Higher stipends are sometimes awarded to international graduate students to compensate for the high tuition fees. Some students with fellowships and awards may receive significantly more funding. There are a few Teaching Assistantships (TA’s) available for students in the program. A call for TA’s is sent out each semester.

Graduate Fees

Graduate Tuition and Fees can be found here:  https://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/tuition-charges/fallwinter-term-tuition-and-fees/graduate-fees

Fellowships

Eligibility for funding depends on your primary supervisor’s affiliation as outlined in the table below:

M.Eng. and Ph.D. Applicants:

 

 Primary Supervisor

 

Bioengineering Department
(Core members only)

Biomedical Engineering Department (Full time and associates members, excluding core members of Bioengineering Dept.

Available Funding

Engineering Recruitment Awards for new incoming applicants

 

Engineering Excellence Awards for current students

Recruitment Awards for new incoming applicants

 

Excellence Awards for current students

How to Apply

Applicants should apply well ahead of the admissions deadline.  It is strongly encouraged to contact a potential supervisor to discuss funding.

The supervisor must nominate the applicant.  Engineering fellowship application deadline is January 15 for Fall entry, and October 15 for Winter entry

The supervisor must nominate the applicant.

Contact

studentaffairs.bioeng [at] mcgill.ca

Info.bbme [at] mcgill.ca

 

Recruitment Awards: Primary Supervisor in Biomedical Engineering Department (Full time and associates members, excluding core members of Bioengineering Dept.)

These awards are designed to help recruit top students to our program and are offered to applicants wishing to start in Fall or Winter. The standard recruitment awards are $10,000/year for two years for Master's students and three years for Doctoral students.

For Quebec and out of Province students, the supervisor must guarantee a minimum of $17,000/year of funding, excluding the Recruitment Award.

For international students, the supervisor must guarantee a minimum stipend of $17,000/year plus the applicable fee differential. If the student receives a Recruitment award, the minimum supervisor contribution may be reduced by up to $5,000.

The supervisor’s guarantee may take the form of a student research assistantship paid from the supervisor’s grants or student’s personal award (e.g. NSERC Studentship).

The awards  are being offered on a first come-first served basis until funds are exhausted.  Applicants to a Winter term will be treated equivalently on first-come first-served basis, while funds are still available. Otherwise applicants will be placed on a waiting list. To maximize the chance of being nominated prospective students who wish to be considered for the award are encouraged to complete their application dossier early and to request their proposed supervisor to nominate them.

The awards are offered to incoming students nominated by their supervisor. Please note that students already in the program who advance from M.Eng. to Ph.D. are eligible for the award.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Nominations requested from supervisor. Applicant file must be complete at time of nomination.
  • For M.Eng. applicants, cumulative grade point average (cGPA) must be ≥ 3.8 out of 4 or special strengths should be evident in the dossier. The cGPA must meet the criterion for each year of undergraduate studies in the last two years. For M. Eng applicants who already completed a post-graduate degree, the postgraduate records will also be examined by the committee.
  • For Ph.D. applicants, cumulative grade point average (cGPA) must be ≥ 3.8 out of 4 or special strengths should be evident in the dossier. The cGPA must meet the criterion for the postgraduate record to date and the cGPA must meet the criterion for the last year of undergraduate studies.
  • Applicants are required to accept the award and offer of admission within two weeks of receiving the notification.
  • Applicants who are nominated after allocations have been exhausted or do not meet the criteria will be placed on a waiting list and evaluated by the committee should additional funds become available.

NOTE – Master’s thesis submitted early (3rd term)

A Master’s student currently holding a Recruitment Award and submitting his/her thesis within the third term of study before the GPS deadline, will be allowed to keep the current award’s 4th term installment during the first term of his/her PhD studies, and will be eligible to apply for a PhD Recruitment award of 3 years duration starting in the following term. Aligned with policies above, the student must:

  • Apply to the PhD program in BBME well before the beginning of the 4th term of study;
  • Have on file an active commitment from a BME supervisor for acceptance into the PhD program, with a nomination letter for the PhD recruitment award;
  • Meet the academic standards for a PhD Recruitment award outlined above.

NOTE – Master’s students fast-tracking

A Master’s student currently holding a Recruitment Award and fast-tracking, will be allowed to keep the current award’s 4th term installment during the first term of his/her PhD studies, and be eligible to apply for a PhD Recruitment award of 3 years duration starting in the following term. Aligned with policies above, the student must:

  • Apply to the PhD program in BBME well before the beginning of the 4th term of study;
  • Have on file an active commitment from a BME supervisor for acceptance into the PhD program, with a nomination letter for the PhD recruitment award;
  • Meet the academic standards for a PhD Recruitment award outlined above.

Scholarships and awards for students accepted in the program can be found on the students page.

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