Research Awards for Graduate Students

Each year, the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences awards a number of merit-based internal scholarships to graduate students. Most of these awards come from gifts generous donors have given to the Faculty in honor of former Faculty members and students. The primary aim of these awards is to provide funding for students who do not have major funding from another source (e.g., students with awards less than $21,000 per year for PhD, $17,500 for MSc). If award winners subsequently win a major award (ex. FRQ), they will have to decline the monetary prize but will still receive recognition (i.e., in name only).

General Eligibility Requirements

Only students registered full-time in a graduate program at the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences are eligible to apply. Students must be registered for the duration of the award. Students cannot be on time limitation at any time during the academic year during which they receive the award (September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023).

**For the 2022-2023 award, students who entered the MSc program in Winter, Summer, or Fall 2021 may apply. MSc students who entered in Winter and Summer 2021 are only eligible to receive the McGill Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences Internal Studentships.

**PhD students who are currently in PhD 2 and PhD 3 may apply.

Students must have had an annual progress tracking meeting that demonstrates success in the program by September 2022. All students who are eligible to do so should have applied for at least 1 external competition by September 2022.

PhD students with awards of $21,000 or more per year and MSc students with $17,500 or more are not eligible.

Some awards have more specific eligibility criteria. See the award descriptions for more information.

Please note that students should not apply for specific awards (except for the Dr. James P. Lund Fellowship in Dentistry). Rather, the evaluation committee will evaluate application materials and select winners for the different awards.

Generally, students can only win 1 award per year. If the student cohort is small or if there are few applicants, students may win more than 1 award.

Application Materials

Interested students should submit the following documents in 1 PDF to the research2.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca (Research Administrator) by January 14, 2022 with the subject “Graduate Student Award Application.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Complete CV. Note: Please only include articles that have already been published, are in press, or accepted with revisions. Do not include articles that are in preparation or are under review.
  2. Unofficial McGill transcripts.
  3. 1-page letter of motivation, including project description. This document should include how the research project fits into your long-term career goals. (12pt font; single-spaced; 2cm margins. References can be on an additional page).

The application package must also include a letter of support from the student’s supervisor. The letter of support must include information about the supervisor’s current financial commitment to the student. If this information is not included, the application will not be considered.

**Supervisors are encouraged to write letters of support for more than one student.

Evaluation Criteria

Winners will be selected based on the applicant’s GPA, publication record (peer-reviewed), award history (merit-based awards), letter of motivation, and supervisor’s letter of support.

Important Dates

December 2021—Call for applications.

January 14, 2023—Application deadline.

February–Results announced.


Endowed Scholarships

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 Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences to a student entering or enrolled in a doctoral or master’s program in the Faculty of Dentistry who is working in pain, oral cancer, or bone tissue research. Renewable once. Value: approximately $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 graduated from a Chinese university and is pursuing a PhD or MSc in the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences. 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: approximately $17,000. [Note: Students funded by the China Scholarship Council are eligible for this fellowship].

Dr. E. T. & Mrs. Marjorie Bourke Award

Established by a bequest from Marjorie Bourke in memory of her husband, Dr. E.T. Bourke (DDS 1923). Awarded by the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences to a student pursuing graduate studies in dentistry. Value: approximately $3,500.

Dr. Lyon Bercovitch Memorial Award

Established by a bequest from Olga Bercovitch in memory of her husband, Dr. Lyon Bercovitch (DDS 1914). Awarded by the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences to a student pursuing graduate studies in dentistry. Value: approximately $2,500

Dr. and Mrs. I. N. Pesner Memorial Prize

Established in 2001 by a bequest from Dr. Isodore N. Pesner, DDS 1920, and Mrs. I.N. Pesner, to fund a graduate student prize in the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences. This prize will be awarded by the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences 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: approximately $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 Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences on the basis of academic merit to outstanding graduate students entering or enrolled in the Faculty. Value: approximately $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 Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences. Awarded by the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences on the basis of academic merit. Value: Varies. May be renewable.

Dr. Sarra Gibreel Fellowship

Established in 2021 by Dr. Sarra Gibreel, MSc 2018. Awarded on the basis of academic merit by the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, for one or more PhD students entering or enrolled in the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences. Value: varies. Renewable.

Other Scholarships

McGill Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences Internal Studentships

Six studentships available. Value: approximately $5,000 each for one year.

Notes

Although the official descriptions of some awards indicate they are for “entering” graduate students, first year students who have been registered in the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences for at least one full semester by the application deadline are eligible.

Also note that the amount of the endowed awards varies year to year depending on the market value of the generating fund.

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