Funding opportunities

The Biochemistry Department guarantees a minimum yearly stipend of $20,000 for an M.Sc. student and $22,000 for a Ph.D. student. Stipends are paid from fellowships awarded to the student or from the supervisor’s research funding. McGill is committed to helping graduate students secure adequate funding for their research and studies. Some resources are available to offset differences in PDF icon tuition_assistance_table_2016-2017.pdf. Take the time to review Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' information on general funding opportunities, for prospective students, current students, and postdoctoral fellows, in addition to the information provided below. 

Fellowships, scholarships and awards

There are two main types of merit-based fellowships and scholarships available to you:

  • External Awards - These are awarded by federal and provincial government agencies and some other private agencies that rely on McGill to recommend candidates. The application process is usually held one academic year in advance of receipt of the award.
  • McGill Fellowships - This is funding that is awarded by GPS either through nomination by academic departments or sometimes by student application directly to GPS. They are usually awarded the winter or spring before the start of the award. These are listed in the Fellowships Calendar on the GPS Funding website.

Detailed information on how to apply for external awards or McGill fellowships is on the GPS Funding website, Students & Postdoctoral.

Training Programs

Biochemistry students can join a specialized training program and apply for scholarships offered. These programs are Cancer Research/Oncology, Structural Biology and Systems Biology.

Biochemistry Merit Fellowships

To promote excellence in our graduate program, the Biochemistry Department nominates graduate students for Merit Fellowships worth $5,000 from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. New students, as well as students already in the program, are encouraged to apply. For more information on applications and eligibility, see Biochemistry Fellowships.

Tuition Assistance

Canadian M.Sc. students from outside Quebec are charged higher tuition fees than Quebec-resident students; see Fee Table. The department will compensate all Canadian out-of-province M.Sc. students for the fee difference, with Tuition Assistance Fellowships from GPS. The fellowships will provide $3,500 for the first year of the M.Sc. and $2,000 for the second year. See Biochemistry Fellowships.

Funding for international students

Various forms of financial support are available to international students, as below. We encourage you to contact your country's educational authorities to inquire about additional funding opportunities to study abroad. 

McGill International Doctoral Awards (MIDAS)

The MIDAs program (tuition relief for international Ph.D. students) is being phased out in favor of the Graduate Excellence Fellowships for Tuition Assistance and Merit. The MIDAs program accepted its last cohort of students in the winter 2011 semester. International Ph.D. students currently receiving the MIDAs will be grandfathered into the program and will continue to receive the MIDAs as long as they maintain their eligibility. For more information, please consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

International Tuition Assistance

The department will help international M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, who start their degree program in fall 2011 onward, with their higher tuition fees. International students will be nominated for Tuition Assistance Fellowships from GPS. See Biochemistry Fellowships.

Differential Fee Waivers

A limited number of international students from countries that have signed a tuition fee agreement with Quebec may be exempted from the higher rate of tuition fees normally required for students from foreign countries. The GPS website provides more information on these External Differential Fee Waivers


The Department of Biochemistry offers a limited number of students work as a demonstrator in an undergraduate laboratory course (BIOC-300D). The total work load is approximately 8-10 hours per week. The stipend for a demonstrator in the Department of Biochemistry is a maximum $1,650. See Teaching Assistantships for more information.

Travel awards

McKinnell Travel Award

Established in 1993 by the Estate of late Margaret McKinnell - Biochemistry's Unknown Angel - to provide support for a Biochemistry graduate student to attend a scholarly meeting or conference relating to their graduate research.


  • Student must be first-author presenter of poster or talk at a scientific meeting
  • Student is only entitled to one McKinnell award while training towards a Ph.D.

Value: $750

Application: Send an email to albert [dot] berghuis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Albert Berghuis), Chair, Department of Biochemistry, and c.c. marlene [dot] gilhooly [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Marlene Gilhooly), include a copy of the meeting poster and/or an abstract of your presentation, provide your destination and time of travel.