Funding and Awards: Graduate Students

The following awards are most often based on academic merit in combination with criteria specific to each award.

Award funding is not guaranteed for any student. The amount of any award may vary for a given year depending on the market value of the generating fund. From year to year, some awards may not be offered. The amount of any award may vary for any given year depending on the current market value of the generating fund. Awards may not be available in a given year.

An automatic Entrance Award is offered to all full-time PhD students. The award is in the amount of $5,000. This award does not require an application.

General award eligibility: Graduate students who are full-time Masters (12 credit project or thesis) and PhD students are eligible to apply for awards; part-time graduate students and graduate student enrolled in certificate or coursework options are not eligible. Some external awards (eg. SSHRC) require that the graduate student is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.

  • This is not a complete list of all awards that may pertain to any individual student. An overview of graduate funding is available at www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding
  • More information about Faculty of Education awards, see www.mcgill.ca/education/awards.
  • Undergraduate students: Information about awards for undergraduate students in the Dept. of Integrated Studies in Education, see www.mcgill.ca/isa/scholarships.
  • For information on external awards, awards from associations and private or not-for-profit foundations, and convocation awards and prizes, see the Graduate Funding page.

FACULTY AWARDS

Name of Award

Eligibility

Process of Selection 

Criteria

Amount 

Deadline 
(approx.)

Herschel and Christine Victor Fellowship in Education

The Herschel and Christine Victor Fellowship in Education was established in 2000 by Herschel Victor (B.Com. 1944) for an outstanding graduate student in the Faculty of Education. This faculty-level endowment is awarded annually and is non-renewable.

APPLY for the Victor Fellowship

Graduate Students in Education

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Statement

Varies

Set by Education Faculty

The Jackie Kirk Fellowship

The Jackie Kirk Fellowship was established in 2009 by Andrew Kirk in memory of his wife, Jackie Kirk. It is awarded to outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Education, with a preference for students whose research has a focus on any one or a combination of the following: post-conflict education on developing countries, women teachers, and girlhood studies. This faculty-level endowment is awarded annually and is non-renewable.

APPLY for the Jackie Kirk Fellowship

Graduate Students in  Education

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Statement

Varies

Set by Education Faculty 

The Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Support Fund

Established in 2009 by McGill Professor Andrew Kirk in memory of his wife, Jackie Kirk, to recognize and promote the scholarship and achievements of students conducting fieldwork.

The Fund will support and recognize an outstanding graduate student in the Faculty of Education and be awarded annually on the basis of academic merit.

APPLY for the Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Fellowship

Graduate Students in  Education

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Statement

Varies

Set by Education Faculty

The Walter A. and K. Mary Marsh Fellowship in Education

Awarded to outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Preference will be given to graduate students conducting research with a focus on teaching.

APPLY for the Marsh Fellowship

Graduate Students in Education

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Statement

Varies

Set by Education Faculty

The Dr. Gauri Shankar Guha Award in International Development Education

Established in 2003 by Dr. Ratna Ghosh in her late father's name for an outstanding graduate student pursuing research in international development education in the Faculty of Education. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and aptitude for research by the Faculty of Education Awards Committee.

APPLY for the Guha Award

Graduate Students in Education

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Statement

Varies

Set by Education Faculty

The Stansfield Award for School-based Classroom Research

Established in 2000 by a bequest by Ellen Edith Grubb Stansfield (BA'29, MA'31) in recognition of her experience, leadership and interest in education, schools and classrooms. Awarded by the Faculty of Education to an outstanding student entering the first year of a full-time MA thesis or PhD program in the Faculty of Education with research in classroom and school contexts.

APPLY for the Stansfield Award

Graduate Students in Education

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Statement

Varies

Set by Education Faculty

ENTRANCE AWARDS

Name of Award

Eligibility

Process of Selection 

Criteria

Amount 

Deadline 
(approx.)

Gretta Chambers Award

Purpose: To acknowledge an outstanding student in the department, based on academic merit; preference to U.S. citizen.

No formal award application required

Entering PhD

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference

Priority:  American Citizenship. Female

$5,000-$8,000

Non-renewable

Admissions

P. Lantz Fellowship for Excellence in Education and the Arts (4X)

Purpose: To recognize research in the arts

Formal award application required

Entering MA and PhD

Step One: Nominees submit award application to the Graduate Program Coordinator by the MA or PhD admissions deadline

Step Two:  Graduate Program Directors review all applications based on criteria

  • Research focus in the arts
  • Academic merit
  • Artistic achievement

Priority:  Students working in the area of learner diversity. PhD students.

$5,000

Non-renewable

Admissions

Graduate Excellence Awards (multiple)

Entering MA and PhD

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference

MA: $1,000-$4,000

PhD: $2,000-$1,500

Non-renewable

 

*Please note: the following awards rotate between departments in the Faculty of Education. As a result, DISE students may not be eligible in any given year:

Wyng Trust Fellowship Award

Purpose: To acknowledge top international students

No formal award application required

Entering PhD

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • International Student
  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference

Priority:  Students from developing countries.

$5,000-$10,000

Non-renewable

Admissions

Ruth Hoyt Award 

Purpose: To acknowledge academic merit

No formal award application required

Entering PhD

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference

$5,000-10,000

Non-renewable

Admissions

Clifford Wong Fellowship

Purpose: To acknowledge outstanding graduate students from China

No formal award application required

Entering PhD

Graduate Program Directors review all accepted PhD student applications to select award winner based on the criteria

Based on application package which includes:

  • High CGPA
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference

Priority:  Students with Chinese Citizenship with International student status

$5,000-10,000

Non-renewable

Admissions

UNIVERSITY AWARDS

Name of Award

Eligibility Process of Selection  Criteria Amount 

Deadline
(approx.)

Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship

Purpose: To acknowledge outstanding students entering PhD programs, based on academic merit.

Entering PhD

Step One: Incoming students who meet the criteria are invited by the department to apply

Step Two: The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) reviews applications then nominates the strongest candidate for the award

  • CGPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Strong research record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong research proposal

$35,000/yr, 2 renewals

TBA

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

*Please note: Graduate students with funding exceeding $35 000 in a given academic year are not eligible for additional internal funding.

Name of Award

Eligibility

Process of Selection  Criteria Amount
Deadline
(approx.)

ABDUL Award

Purpose: To acknowledge PhD students who have successfully defended their candidacy papers by the end of August of their second year in the program.

No formal award application required. Candidacy Paper Completion form required.

PhD students prior to their third year in the program

Once candidacy papers have been passed, supervisors must submit the Candidacy Paper Completion form

Please note that ABDUL awards are only awarded in September of the academic year following the completion of the candidacy paper defence

All doctoral students qualify for this award if they have successfully defended their candidacy papers by the end of August of their second year in the program (see policy on website) $2,000 August, second year in the program

Dissertation Proposal Award (DPA)

Purpose: To acknowledge PhD students  who have successfully submitted their dissertation proposal by the end of August of their third year in the program.

No formal award application required. 

Dissertation Proposal Completion form required.

PhD students prior to their third year in the program

Once dissertation proposal has been approved by the supervisor and doctoral advisory committee, supervisors must submit the Dissertation Proposal Completion form

Please note that DPA awards are only awarded in September of the academic year following the approval of the dissertation proposal

All doctoral students qualify for this award if they have successfully submitted their dissertation proposal by the end of August of their third year in the program (see policy on website).

$2,000

August, third year in the program

Community Engagement Graduate Award (2X)

Purpose: To acknowledge students contributing to community engagement, particularly innovative work that has a strong commitment to social justice and that reaches and involves communities.

Formal award application required

APPLY

1 MA, 1 PhD

Step One: Student submits complete application package to the Graduate Program Coordinator by specified deadline

Step Two: Application packages are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee

Based on application package which includes:

  • Academic Merit
  • Cover letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A brief CV
  • Additional supporting materials

This award is given annually as determined by the Graduate Program Committee

Varies annually

November of each year

Educator-Practitioner Graduate Award (2X)

Purpose: To support research that ties directly into the applicant’s work context with an educational setting

Formal award application required

APPLY

1 MA, 1 PhD

Step One: Student submits complete application package to the Graduate Program Coordinator by specified deadline

Step Two: Application packages are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee 

Based on application package which includes:

  • Academic Merit
  • Cover letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A brief CV
  • Additional supporting materials

This award is given annually as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.

Varies annually

November of each year

Outstanding Leadership and Service Graduate Award (2X)

Purpose: to encourage and recognize exceptional DISE graduate students who demonstrate sustained leadership and service by  (1) leading in the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus; and (2) encouraging cross cultural understanding.

Formal award application required

APPLY

1 MA, 1 PhD

Step One: Student submits complete application package to the Graduate Program Coordinator by specified deadline

Step Two: Application packages are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee 

Based on application package which includes:

  • Academic Merit
  • Cover letter
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • A brief CV
  • Additional supporting materials

This award is given annually as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.

Varies annually

November of each year

Outstanding Teaching Graduate Award (2X)

Purpose: to recognize an exceptional graduate student who has demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in DISE and/or McGill.

Formal award application required

APPLY

1 MA, 1 PhD

Step One: Student submits complete application package to the Graduate Program Coordinator by specified deadline

Step Two: Application packages are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee 

Based on application package which includes:

  • Academic Merit
  • Cover letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A brief CV
  • Additional supporting materials

This award is given annually as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.

Varies annually

November of each year

International Student Excellence in Research Graduate Award

To recognize the contributions of one international doctoral student and one international master’s student who have demonstrated excellence in research in education.

APPLY

1 MA, 1 PhD

Students must have international student status and cannot Canadian or Quebec residents or citizens.

Step One: Student submits complete application package to the Graduate Program Coordinator by specified deadline

Step Two: Application packages are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee 

Based on application package which includes:

  • Academic Merit
  • Cover letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A brief CV
  • Additional supporting materials

This award is given annually as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.

Varies annually

November of each year

Mentorship Excellence Graduate Award

Purpose: To recognize the contributions of one doctoral student and one master’s student who have demonstrated excellence as mentors in education.

APPLY

1 MA, 1 PhD

Step One: Student submits complete application package to the Graduate Program Coordinator by specified deadline

Step Two: Application packages are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee 

Based on application package which includes:

  • Academic Merit
  • Cover letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A brief CV
  • Additional supporting materials

This award is given annually as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.

Varies annually

November of each year

EXTERNAL AWARDS

Name of Award

Eligibility

Process of Selection 

Criteria

Amount 

Deadline
(approx.)

SSHRC

Purpose: To recognize and support excellence in research.

Formal award application required

MA or PhD, only Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Step 1:  Applicants submit application materials to the department by the departmental deadline

Step 2:  The Graduate Program Committee reviews and ranks all applications. Selected applications are sent to GPS (number is based on the departmental quota)

Step 3: (PhD) GPS reviews nominated applications and selects those to send to the SSHRC agency. (MA) GPS reviews nominated applications and selects awardees. Applications are not sent to SSHRC

Step 4 (PhD only):  SSHRC reviews and selects awardees. Awardees are notified by mid-May

  • High CGPA (typically 3.7 or above)
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations) (more important for PhD)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference 

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship $20,000 (12, 24, 36, or 48 months)

$35,000 (36 months Joseph- Armand Bombardier)

Renewable for up to 4 years (depending on when the award was received)

$17,500 (MA)

Non-renewable

Departmental  deadline is early-mid October (PhD) and early November (MA)

FRQSC

Purpose:  To recognize and support excellence in research.

Formal award application required

MA or PhD, only

Must have been living in Québec on a regular and daily basis for six months (with the appropriate visas and authorizations)

Applicants submit application materials directly to the FRQSC through the web portal. 

  • High CGPA (typically 3.7 or above)
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations) (more important for PhD)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference

MA: $17,500 for a period of 3 sessions or 12 months of study. Scholarship holders may receive up to 6 instalments totalling $35,000 to cover 6 sessions or 24 months. Each instalment of $5,833 covers a period of 1 session or 4 months

PhD:$21,000 for a period of 3 sessions or 12 months of study. Scholarship holders may receive up to 12 instalments totalling $84,000 to cover 12 sessions or 48 months. Each instalment of $7,000 covers a period of 1 session or 4 months

Mid-October

Vanier

Purpose: To recognize and support excellence in research.

PhD (incoming or those who have completed their first year)

Step 1: The department invites applicants based on CGPA (May) to submit a pre-application. The Graduate Program Directors select potential nominees based on the pre-application.

Step 2:  Potential nominees submit applications by the departmental deadline.

Step 3:  The Graduate Program Committee reviews applications to determine departmental nominees. Selected applications are sent to GPS (based on departmental quota). (end of Sept.)

Step 4:  GPS reviews applications and selects those to send to the granting agency.

Step 5:  The granting agency reviews and selects final awardees.

Applicants for the Vanier are selected based on academic excellence, strong research potential and strong leadership. This includes:

  • Strong evidence of leadership
  • High CGPA (typically 3.7 or above for all degrees)
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference

Priority: Applicants who are pursuing their PhD at a different institution from their undergraduate or masters.

Further information about criteria

$50,000 per year for 3 years

Departmental deadline is mid-August

Trudeau Graduate Scholarship

Purpose: To recognize and support excellence in research.

Formal award application required

PhD (1st or 2nd year only)

 

Must present a research project related to one of the four themes of the foundation: www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/about/our-themes

Up to $60,000 for up to 4 years, including $20,000 for travel

 

Quebec Merit Fellowships for International Students (PBEEE and FRQSC)

Purpose:  To recognize and support excellence in research.

Formal award application required

International PhD students who have completed no more than 8 semesters

Step 1: The department invites applicants based on eligibility and CGPA (May) to apply

Step 2:  Potential nominees submit applications by the departmental deadline (usually end of June)

 

Step 3:  The Graduate Program Committee reviews applications to determine departmental nominees. Selected applications are sent to GPS (based on departmental quota). (mid-end of July). The department is allowed the following quotas:

·         PBEEE - Open category (1 nominee)
·         PBEEE - Brazil category (1)
·         PBEEE - India category (1)
·         PBEEE - Israel category (1)
·         PBEEE - Wallonia category (1)
·         FRQSC-DS (1)

Step 4:  GPS reviews applications and selects those to send to the granting agency. Applicant uploads final application to the FRQSC website (November)

Step 5:  The granting agency reviews and selects final awardees. Awardees are announced around early May

Updated university deadlines are posted here 

  • High CGPA (weighted CGPA of 3.7 or above)
  • Strong Research Record (peer-reviewed publications/presentations)
  • Strong history of awards
  • Strong Research Proposal
  • Letters of Reference
  • Leadership (small component for FRQSC-DS)

Detailed information about evaluation criteria for PBEEE

Detailed information about evaluation criteria for FRQSC-DIS

PBEEE: $25,000 per year (up to 3 years) + partial tuition coverage + medical insurance    

FRQSC-DS: $20,000 per year (up to 3 years)

Departmental deadline end of June

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Incoming PhD; Chinese citizen or permanent resident of China

Step 1: Applicants must notify the department of their intent to apply for a CSC (mid-December)

Step 2:  Applicants send CSC application to department (early January)

Step 3:  Graduate Program Directors reviews the applications and select those to support. The applicant will receive an offer letter and funding package to include in the CSC package

Step 4: Applicants submit application materials directly to the application website

For additional information, please see www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/international/csc-chinese-students

  • Successful candidates must return to China after completing studies
  • Meet all of McGill’s requirements for admission to a doctoral program (including English language requirements)
  • Must receive an unconditional offer of admission from McGill

For additional criteria, please see China Scholarship Council Website

Tuition, living expenses, international health insurance, return airfare, and visa application fees (for up to 4 years)

Early January (deadline to submit application to department)

End of Feb. – Early March (application due to CSC)

Mexican Students - CONACYT

MA or PhD; Mexican citizens or residents of Mexico

Applicants apply directly through the funding agency:

CONACYT

Please see funding agency website

Quebec tuition rate, program fees, health insurance, living expenses

Maximum of 2 years (MA) and 4 (PhD)

Mid-June

Stavros S. Niarchos Award

Award application required

Incoming or current MA or PhD

Graduate Program Directors review all incoming or accepted graduate student to select award nominee based on the criteria

  • Academic excellence (50%)
  • Research potential (30%)
  • Personal Characteristics (10%)
  • Recommendation of academic unit (10%)
  • International student with Greek Citizenship
  • Personal statement
  • Summary of research proposal
  • Letter of recommendation

$34,000 renewable for more than one year based on high academic status and full time registration

Early February for department

TRAVEL AWARDS

Name of Award

Eligibility

Process of Selection 

Criteria

Amount 

Deadline
(approx.)

DEPARTMENTAL TRAVEL AWARDS

GREAT (Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award) (multiple awards)

Purpose: To support travel for presenting research at conferences.

Formal award application required

APPLY for the GREAT Travel Award

MA or PhD

Step 1: Students submit application for a GREAT award to the Graduate Program Coordinator by the deadline (see last column)

Step 2:  Graduate Program Directors review all applications after each deadline to select awardees based on the criteria

Step 3:  After attending the conference, the student must submit the following to the Graduate Program Coordinator: a) a Post Travel Expense Report Form (included in the form above), b) receipts from the conference travel expenses, and c) a copy of your presentation as shown in the program. The applicant will not receive funds if these documents are not submitted

  • Must be presenting at a refereed conference. Applicants must provide proof of acceptance to present at the conference.
  • Must provide proof of expenses

Priority: Those who did not receive a GREAT award in the previous year

Varies – based on location and # of applications

($200-$800)

Four times during the year:

May 1 (for travel from April 1-June 30)

July 1 (for travel from July 1-Aug. 31)

Sept. 1 (for travel from Sept. 1-Dec. 31)

Jan. 1 (for travel from Jan. 1-March 31)

FACULTY TRAVEL AWARDS

Graduate Student Enhancement Award (GSEA) (multiple awards)

Purpose: To support travel for presenting research at conferences

Formal award application required

MA or PhD

Applicants must submit to the Education Graduate Students’ Society. Application materials can be found on the EGSS website.

The selection process is administered by the EGSS.

Please see the EGSS website for criteria.

$250 (for presenting in Canada or USA)

$500 (for presenting outside of Canada or the continental USA)

October 15, February 15, June 15

Please check the EGSS website for changes to deadlines.

UNIVERSITY TRAVEL AWARDS

Graduate Research Mobility Award (GRMA) (multiple awards)

Purpose: To support international travel for purposes OTHER THAN presenting at or attending a conference, typically: to collect research data or archival materials, to learn a particular research skill, to do a summer course or independent study with a relevant scholar or institute.

Formal award application required

MA or PhD; must have completed one full-time term at the time of the application

Step 1: Complete the Graduate Mobility Award Application Form, one letter of support from McGill supervisor,  andCV. Applicants submit application materials to the Graduate Program Coordinator by the departmental deadline.

Step 2: Graduate Program Coordinator creates an International Travel Registry form. Applicants must then complete this form.

Step 3:  Application materials are reviewed by the Graduate Program Directors or the Graduate Program Committee.

Step 4:  Applications are ranked and sent to the Faculty of Education for further review. Awardees are selected by the Faculty of 

  • The proposed research/study abroad must be closely tied to the students’ thesis research.
  • The proposed travel must occur between September 1 and August 31 of the current academic year.
  • The student must be traveling to an international destination (including the US).
  • The student must be in good academic standing and have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date.
  • The student must be participating in one or more of the following mobility activities: a) research stay at a lab abroad, b) participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad, c) field work abroad.

Varies – $1,000-$5,000

The departmental deadline is typically mid-October.

All awards listed here are open only to students who are registered full-time in a PhD dissertation, MA thesis, or MA 12-credit project option.