Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Brain@McGill Graduate/ Postdoctoral Travel Award

The Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Graduate/ Postdoctoral Research Travel Award to McGill provides support to master's and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows who will travel to McGill from ZNZ or Oxford in order to undertake research for their degree requirements or advance their scientific expertise. The award is valued to a maximum of $8000 and is tenable only in the term in which the travel is occurring.

Interested applicants should read the Terms of Reference to ensure they are eligible.

Eligible students apply using the Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Brain @McGill Graduate/ Postdoctoral Research Travel Award Form and submit all required documentation to Dr Anne McKinney (anne.mckinney [at]


Terms of Reference


This travel award is awarded to graduate /postdoctoral students who must travel to undertake research required for their program of study.

  1. The Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Brain @McGill Graduate/ Postdoctoral Research Travel Award is valued up to a maximum of $8000. The duration of the research trip must be a minimum of one month to a maximum of four consecutive months. The award value will be prorated depending on the duration of the research trip and its location.
  2. To be eligible to hold this award, a student must be registered at ZNZ or Oxford as a full-time, regular student (not “on-leave” or “part-time”) and in good standing in a master’s or doctoral program in the term for which the award is held. If applying as a postdoctoral fellow, applicants must be less than 4 years after obtaining their doctoral degree at the time of application.
  3. The following categories of activities will NOT be supported:
    a. instructional activity (courses, field schools, training programs);
    b. conferences, seminars, working groups, etc.;
    c. travel to paid employment (co-op terms, internships, research assistantships, etc.).
  4. Students or postdoctoral fellows are eligible to hold no more than one Laszlo and Etelka Kollar
    Brain @McGill Graduate Research Travel Award during their degree program.
  5. Recipients of a Graduate Research Travel Award may accept other scholarship support from
    external sources.
  6. Application is made for the Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Brain @McGill Graduate/ Postdoctoral
    Research Travel Award form including the following:
    a. the name and contact information of the host supervisor, and name and location of the foreign
    institution where you intend to pursue your research/study activities
    b. a list of scholarly contributions (publications, conference papers, etc.) and graduate awards
    c. a statement of the research to be conducted, including description of research, relevance,
    contribution to the student’s development as a researcher, and justification for travel (maximum
    two pages);
    d. a letter of support from the senior supervisor, indicating the relevance of travel to the research
    and their permission
    e. completion of the one-page budget summary form, including dates of travel, travel costs,
    accommodation, and living expenses. (It is not necessary for these costs to equal or exceed the
    value of the award.)
    f. a letter of invitation and agreement from the host lab at McGill.
  7. Awards are made by the Brain @McGill Awards Committee and adjudicated based on the following
    a. academic ability, based on transcripts and scholarly contributions;
    b. the research proposal;
    c. justification for travel and contribution of travel to the development of the student as a


Eligible students and postdoctoral fellows must submit all the documentation required directly to anne.mckinney [at]

Eligibility criteria - Eligibility criteria for this award are outlined in the Terms of Reference. Please note that incomplete applications will be rejected.

In all cases, funding will be awarded based on scientific excellence. However, preference will be given to Hungarian nationals who have previously studied at a University in Hungary.

Timing of Award and Accountability This travel award is intended to support students while working on their degree requirements or advancing postdoctoral fellows. Therefore, recipients of the award do not need to account for travel expenses.

However, recipients must conform to the following requirements:

If planned research travel is delayed, a recipient may postpone the award only as far as the spring semester of the year following the application.

Students will be required to submit a short report of their activities after the travel has been completed. Failure to do so will result in a reduction of awards made to the student’s program in future.

The Call is Open.

Click here for a PDF version of this page:

PDF icon laszlo_and_etelka_kollar_brainmcgill_travel_award_2015.pdf

Back to top