Graduate Studies: Studentships and Fellowships

In general, the intention of this awards competition is not to increase the amount of the annual stipend paid to graduate students, but rather to liberate supervisor funds for research operating costs or for recruiting additional trainees. Thus, it is not anticipated that our awarded funds will be used to increase annual stipends of our existing students (although in exceptional cases the supervisor may decide to do so, or in the case where the award dollars are higher than the current stipend paid to the student). Award dollars thus are generally to be applied as part of the existing annual financial arrangement (“the financial contract”) between the research supervisor and the graduate student which is on file with our Graduate Studies Office, and thus the award amount will reduce the supervisor’s contribution. Any increase in the annual stipend to the graduate student requires that a new “financial contract” form be completed and submitted to the Graduate Studies Office.

Must be registered full-time in Dentistry as a graduate student, i.e. cannot be on time limitation at any point for the duration of the award.

To be eligible to apply, graduate students must have completed 6 months of graduate studies in the Faculty of Dentistry by the time they apply for this competition.

If the student wins the award, the student should have had at least one committee meeting by the start of the award (September 1st, 2021)

(Although the official descriptions of some awards at the end of this document indicate they are for “entering” graduate students, we have some leeway on this and have decided to use them for those having 6 months or more registered at McGill Faculty of Dentistry)

Graduate students holding an internal stipend award (e.g. from the internal OHS Jean Coutu research fund, or from internal funds given through the programs of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, are not eligible).

Graduate students with external salary funding awards are eligible. External, does not mean paid from the supervisor’s operating grants. External awards/scholarships mean the ones that are obtained via a competition (CIHR, FRSQ, RSBO etc.).

Dentistry funds will be used in these cases only to supplement or “top up” the external amount to a maximum total of $20,000 for graduate students. [note: China Scholarship Council graduate students are eligible for the full amount of $5,000].

For PhD students whose “annual financial contract” with their supervisor is less than $14,000, the awarded dollars from Dentistry must be used to provide the student with at least $14,000 annually.

For MSc students whose “annual financial contract” with their supervisor is less than $8,000, the awarded dollars from Dentistry must be used to provide the student with at least $8,000 annually.

Leave of absence: Graduate Students who will be on a leave of absence during any term will not be allowed to hold an award.

Sponsored students will be eligible to apply for this competition, however they can receive the recognition, but not the monetary prize.

A call for applications is usually issued in early spring of each year to all by the Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Dental Education.

Applications are submitted by the student according to the guidelines written here.

Candidates are evaluated on a comparative competitive basis relative to their training level (i.e. MSc vs MSc, PhD vs PhD).

Endowed awards from the McGill calendar will be based on the specific descriptions of those awards – most are based on merit, and are described below.

Do not apply for specific awards (except indicating if for the J.P. Lund Fellowship for someone returning to China) – our committee will attribute them.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of academic performance which includes:

  • graduate course grades (official copy NOT required – draft copy can be obtained online directly by the trainee).
  • quality of training environment.
  • excellence in research, accomplishments (articles, conferences, other evidence of progress and excellence relative to stage of training).
  • letter of support from the supervisor.


Documents must be submitted electronically to Marlene Balena research1.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca by the deadline of 5 p.m. on March 15th, 2021. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

  • Full CV of applicant (free-form CV).
  • 350 word description of research project written by the graduate student and supervisor.
  • Draft copy (official copy NOT required) of McGill graduate studies transcripts from McGill web (to be obtained by trainee and given to supervisor).
  • Letter of support from supervisor (or co-supervisor, if applicable), detailing the strengths of the candidate and their source and amount of stipend funding (apart from potential success in this competition) that they will receive in September. This includes a description of the candidate’s external funding (sponsorship, etc.) if applicable.

Results will be announced mid-April and winners of these awards will be required to attend the Faculty’s virtual White Coat Ceremony, where they will be formally presented with a certificate as a recipient of their respective award. Attendance is mandatory and important since some of the donors of the endowed awards often attend the ceremony.

Available Studentships and Fellowships

DR. WAH LEUNG FELLOWSHIP

Established in 1998 by a generous gift from a McGill graduate of Chemical Engineering (Class of 1959), from Hong Kong, in honor of Dr. Wah Leung, the first Dean of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to an entering (or in-course) doctoral or master’s student registered in the Faculty of Dentistry who is working in pain, oral cancer or bone tissue research. Renewable once. Value: Approx. $12,000.

DR. JAMES P. LUND FELLOWSHIP IN DENTISTRY

Established in 2002 by a generous gift from a McGill graduate from Hong Kong. The fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding student who has graduated from a Chinese university and is pursuing a Ph.D. or M.Sc. program of study in the Faculty of Dentistry. Awarded by the Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee. The recipient will be someone who can be expected to make a significant contribution to the advancement of science in their home country after the completion of their studies. Value Approx. $17,000. [Note: Students funded by the China Scholarship Council are eligible for this fellowship].

McGILL FACULTY OF DENTISTRY INTERNAL STUDENTSHIPS (not endowed), 6 studentships valued at Approx. $5,000 each for one year. (some funding comes from Hard Tissue fund)

DR. E.T. & MRS. MARJORIE BOURKE AWARD, established by a bequest from Marjorie Bourke in memory of her husband, Dr. E.T. Bourke (D.D.S. 1923). Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to a student pursuing graduate studies in dentistry. Value: Approx. $3,500.

DR. LYON BERCOVITCH MEMORIAL AWARD, established by a bequest from Olga Bercovitch in memory of her husband, Dr. Lyon Bercovitch (D.D.S. 1914). Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to a student pursuing graduate studies in dentistry. Value: Approx. $2,500

DR. AND MRS. I.N. PESNER MEMORIAL PRIZE, established in 2001 by a bequest from Dr. Isodore N. Pesner, D.D.S. 1920, and Mrs. I.N. Pesner, to fund a graduate student prize in the Faculty of Dentistry. This prize will be awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to an outstanding graduate student already in a Residency or post-graduate program, who will be presenting a paper at a national or international scientific meeting. Value: Approx. $500.

DR. DOREEN E. LASZLO GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP, established in 2016 by Dr. Charles A. Laszlo, BEng 1961, MEng 1966, PhD 1968, and family in honour of Dr. Doreen E. Laszlo, BEd (PE) 1962, DDS 1969, an outstanding clinician, alumna and philanthropist. Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry on the basis of academic merit to outstanding graduate students entering or enrolled in the Faculty. Value: Approx. $10,000.

DR. NEWTON C. GORDON FELLOWSHIP, established in 2018 by Newton Charles Gordon, BSc 1966, DDS 1970, for one or more outstanding graduate students entering or enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry. Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry on the basis of academic merit. Value: Varies. May be renewable.

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