For new and current students

On this page:
Current Award Competitions | Important Dates | Orientation | Registration | Thesis Submission | Research Progress Tracking

This web page is intended to provide currently registered and newly admitted Master's and Ph.D. students with a quick reference for deadlines and links to detailed information.

If you have comments or suggestions, grad.ece [at] (email) us.

Current Award Competitions

Below are award competitions currently in progress. For more information on funding available to graduate students, see Funding Opportunities.

NSERC Master's Fellowships

Deadline to apply on-line: December 2, 2019 (8:00 p.m. ET)

To be considered eligible for support you must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada. Please refer to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies GPS website or the NSERC website for more information on eligibility requirements, on-line application and required supporting documents.

Applicants are not required to submit their application to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Applications will be made available to the Department for evaluation in mid-December.

Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission to McGill University no later than December 15, 2019. Please refer to our application process website for information on requirements and how to apply.

Department nominations to GPS: February 17, 2020

Award notifications to applicants: early April 2020

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards

The deadline to submit an application for the GREAT award is as follows:

  • July 31 - for conference presentations held September 1 to December 31, inclusive.
  • November 30 - for conference presentations held January 1 to April 30, inclusive.
  • March 31 - for conference presentations held May 1 to August 31, inclusive.

Should the deadline fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the following working day.  See for details and application form.

Important dates

Key Academic Dates

For a detailed list of dates and deadlines concerning registration, lectures, exams, etc. for the academic year, see Important Dates for Students

Mandatory research progress tracking

The supervisor together with the student (Master's and PhD) must complete a Research Progress Tracking Form [PDF] and submit it to the ECE Graduate Programs Office, McConnell Room 633 on May 31st of each year.

Details can be found in the following documents: MSc Thesis Regulations & Policies, MEng Non-Thesis Regulations & Policies and PhD Regulations & Policies.


Orientation for all new* graduate students who are starting in Winter 2020 will be held on January 14, 2020 in McConnell Engineering Building Room 603. Attendance is mandatory.  

*New students to McGill and/or McGill students starting a new graduate program.


Newly admitted students for January 2020 - must register for the Winter 2020 term between December 3, 2019 and January 6, 2020, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees. See Winter 2020 - New Students [PDF] for details.

Newly admitted students for September 2019 - must register for the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms between July 3 and August 14, 2019, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees. See Fall 2019-Winter 2020 New Students [PDF] for details.

Current (returning) students - must register for the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms between April 2 and August 14, 2019, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees.  See Fall 2019-Winter 2020 Returning Students [PDF] for Details.

Thesis submission

Thesis Preparation and Submission Guidelines

Thesis Submission Deadlines


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