The Department awards many graduate assistantships to qualified full-time graduate students. These are usually funded from research grants or contracts awarded to individual faculty members. In return, we expect that the graduate assistants perform research-related tasks assigned by the professor from whose grant the assistantship is paid. A good part, but not necessarily all of this work, can be used for preparing a thesis. There are no special application forms for graduate assistantships. Applicants who indicate a need for support on their application form will be considered.
Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies
Master's and Doctoral students, who are residents of Quebec, are encouraged to apply for provincial, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT), graduate research scholarships.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Master's and Doctoral student, who are Canadian or Permanent Residents of Canada, are encouraged to apply for federal, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), graduate research scholarships.
McCall MacBain Scholarships
The McCall MacBain Scholarship is a full graduate scholarship at McGill University. Please visit https://mccallmacbainscholars.org/ for details.
Master's Top-Up Award
Domestic Master's students who are Tri-Council or Provincial award recipients (NSERC, FRQNT) will automatically be considered for a Master's Top-Up Award. Please notify the grad.ece [at] mcgill.ca (ECE Graduate Program Office) if you believe you are eligible.
McGill Engineering Undergraduate Student Master's Award (MEUSMA)
McGill Engineering undergraduate students entering the Master's program directly from their undergraduate program may be eligible for the Faculty of Engineering MEUSMA. Please notify the grad.ece [at] mcgill.ca (ECE Graduate Program Office) if you believe you are eligible.
Graduate Excellence Fellowship / Master's to PhD Fast-track Award
Master's students may be eligible for Faculty of Engineering awards. Students are nominated by the department to which they have applied. A separate application is not necessary.
McGill Engineering Doctoral Award (MEDA)
Domestic and International Doctoral students may be eligible to receive a Faculty of Engineering MEDA. Students are nominated by their department to which they have applied. A separate application is not necessary.
McGill Engineering International Tuition Award (MEITA)
International Doctoral students may be eligible to receive a Faculty of Engineering MEITA. Students are nominated by their department to which they have applied. A separate application is not necessary.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and International students pursuing a first Doctoral degree may be eligible to apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).
Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT)
Administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the purpose of the GREAT Awards is to support Graduate Students in ECE in their research efforts by partially funding conference fees for scholarly meetings or conferences where the student is presenting a paper related to their research.
Depending on Conference Registration Fee, maximum CAD $750.00
- For Virtual Conferences taking place from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021
- Applicants must be currently registered as full-time graduate students (or additional session students, working full-time on their degree), in good academic standing, in a Research Master's (M 1 or M 2) or Doctoral (PhD 1 to PhD 5) program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill.
- In the case of multiple-authored papers, only the presenter may apply for GREAT Award.
- Preference will be given to applicants who have not already received a GREAT Award.
- For students who have already attended a virtual conference and presented a paper between May 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020, the deadline to submit their request for reimbursement is October 31, 2020.
- For students who will be attending virtual conferences between October 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, the deadline to submit your request for reimbursement is 10 working days following the conference.
Required Application/Payment Documents
- The GREAT Application/Payment Request Form, including the required supervisor's signature. (To be submitted only after attending the conference or scholarly meeting.)
- Confirmation that your paper was selected for presentation at the conference.
- Conference fee receipt.
Completed "Direct Deposit Bank Account" information under the Financial Aid menu on Minerva.
Submit your application/payment form (signed by you and your supervisor) to: ECE Graduate Programs Office, gradadministrator.ece [at] mcgill.ca (Graduate Program Administrator).
Payment of the Award
Payment of the award will be made directly to the awardees bank account as a one-time lump sum award payment.
Graduate Research Mobility Awards
The Graduate Research Mobility Awards are designed to support non-conference related graduate student travel outside of Canada, specifically for the purpose of research related trips, field work and training programs related to methodologies and research techniques.
Between CAD $750 and $1,500 per month. The amount will be prorated for travel less than one month.
In addition to the eligibility requirements list on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website (https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/travel/grad-mobility-award) students must also meet the following eligibility requirement:
- Must be in a Master's Thesis (M1 or M2) or Doctoral Thesis (PhD1 to PhD5) program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill.
How to Apply for Funding
See "How to Apply" on the GPS website for instructions and application forms.
Graduate students who work as Teaching Assistants are currently paid $29.33 per hour. Usually, units of 50 hours each are granted to qualified students. For more information, see Teaching Assistant Position Postings.
Work Study Program
Through the Scholarships and Student Aid office, the Work Study Program offers students with financial need the opportunity to work on campus.
Graduate students can also receive financial aid through loans and bursaries.
- To receive support from the Quebec Loans and Bursaries Program, students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and be residents of Quebec registered as full-time students.
- Canadian residents from provinces other than Quebec can apply for Canada Student Loans and for loans from their province of residence. Information about Quebec, or Canada Student Loans is available from the Scholarships and Student Aid office.