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 CGS-Doctoral

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 website or the NSERC website for complete eligibility requirements, and to the email sent to all ECE graduate students on August 28, 2020.

The deadline to submit your application via ResearchNet is: October 1, 2020

Notes:  Enter on your application the email caroline.brown [at] as the person responsible for uploading transcripts.


FRQ-NT Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (Natural Science and Technology)

All graduate students are encouraged to apply for Provincial Agency FRQ Awards. Some Québec residency restrictions apply.  Please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for links to the agency websites and webinar presentations.


Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards

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 2021 will be held on January 26, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.  Attendance is mandatory.  For your reference, the presentations are made available: Graduate Program Director, LibraryGraduate Engineering Equity Committee and myPath.

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



Newly admitted students for January 2021 - must register for the Winter 2021 term between December 1, 2020 and January 4, 2021, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees. See Winter 2021 - New Students [PDF] for details.

Newly admitted students for September 2020 - must register for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms between July 7 and August 14, 2020, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees. See Fall 2020-Winter 2021 New Students [PDF] for details.

Current (returning) students - must register for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms between April 1 and August 14, 2020, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees.  See Fall 202-Winter 2021 Returning Students [PDF] for details.


Thesis submission

Before you submit your initial thesis to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) you must first follow the ECE departmental instructions provided in this step by step checklist [PDF].

Detailed information on thesis preparation, submission guidelines and submission deadlines can be found on the following GPS websites: Thesis Preparation and Submission Guidelines and Thesis Submission Deadlines

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