Fellowships, Funding & Financial Aid

On this page: Departmental Submission Deadlines | Tips for Preparing Fellowship Applications | GREAT Awards | Financial Aid | Tuition & Fee Payment Deferrals |  Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education | Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award | Donna Kuzmarov Prize | Vanier Scholarship Program | Graduate Mobility Awards | Ann Gross Fellowship in Education| Faculty Awards Graduate Student Travel Award in Education


Obtaining and maintaining funding throughout your studies is an important component of life as a graduate student. Please find below funding opportunities available to you from the Department, University, and outside agencies.


Departmental Submission Deadlines

Please note that the deadlines below are department-specific, please ensure you refer directly to the agency website's for agency-specific deadlines. Please refer to our external funding webpage for more information on agency deadlines. Information on agency deadlines is also outlined on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Student Funding Opportunities webpage.

Funding Body Application Deadline
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program   SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS

SSHRC Doctoral Competition

NOTICE OF APPLICATION INTENT: September 15, 2018

FORMAL SUBMISSION TO UNIT: September 25th, 2018

Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

UNIT DEADLINE: September 22, 2018

Harmonized Tri-Council CGS Master's Competition - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC

AGENCY DEADLINE: December 1, 2018

Graduate Mobility Award  

UNIT DEADLINE: October 1, 2018

Tips for Preparing Fellowship Applications

Funding agency committees and internal selection committees are looking for excellence in three areas:

  1. Strong letters of recommendation
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Excellence of research proposal/evidence of research potential

It is vital, therefore, to ensure all of the above components are well-represented or highlighted in your application.

Recommendations for preparing fellowship applications:

  • Letters of recommendation should be from people who know your academic work and research potential well. Don't ask for letters of recommendation at the last minute. Provide referees with a copy of your research proposal, transcripts, and a current CV to help them write the letter of support. Referees preferably should be professors from McGill and/or your most recent university.
  • Academic excellence should be demonstrated explicitly in the application. Be sure to list any prizes, scholarships, fellowships, etc., that you have received, as well as any other evidence of academic excellence (e.g., Dean's Honours List).
  • Write your research proposal so that it can be understood by someone outside your field, since your application will be assessed by committees consisting of people who are not necessarily experts in your field. At the same time do not be too simplistic. Avoid technical jargon. Indicate the background context, your hypothesis or research question, methodology, potential contribution, importance, and originality of the research, etc. Ask your supervisor, another professor, or a fellow graduate student to read the application and provide you with feedback.
  • List any publications and conference presentations as evidence of research potential. Peer reviewed journals and international conferences are particularly important. Presentation proposals should not be listed. Be neat in the presentation of your application. Try to use all of the available space provided for the proposal. If you aren't successful this year, keep trying. Several granting agencies, however, now have a limit on the number of times one can apply. Thus, apply when you think your chances are greatest.
  • Deadlines must be strictly adhered to.

Further information about Graduate Fellowships and Awards is available from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, James Administration Building, telephone 514-398-3995. You can also visit the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Funding web pages.

Notifications of awards and deadlines are provided on the websites of granting bodies and via program directors/coordinators.



Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2018-2019 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards competition for the dissemination of research through graduate student presentations at conferences attended between May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.

Award values and recipients are to be determined by the ECP Fellowships Committee.

Eligibility:

All ECP Research Master’s or Doctoral students in good standing, registered full-time, and not in time limitation. Student's must meet eligibility criteria when applying, receiving the award and at the time of travel.

  • Master's Research  students must be registered in Year 1 or 2, as indicated on Minerva.
  • Doctoral students must be registered in Years 1 through 6, as indicated on Minerva.

Applications Requirements:

  1. Proof of Acceptance
  2. An abstract of the paper to be presented (1 page maximum)
  3. One copy of the GREAT application form 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  1. First competition deadline: October 31, 2018 (for conferences attended between May 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018)
  2. Second competition deadline: February 23, 2019 (for conferences attended between November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019)

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award Application form by February 23, 2019.

Questions? ecpapplication.education [at] mcgill.ca (Contact us).



Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2017-2018 Judy Fish Graduate Award In Inclusive Education competition. The award was established in 2004 by Avrum and Dora Morrow in honour of Judy Fish, B.A. 1965, M.Ed. 1982. The value amount and number of awards varies by year. 

Eligibility is as follows: 

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in Master's degree in Educational Psychology. The Graduate Award is based on academic merit, with consideration given to the student's involvement in the community and in extracurricular activities.

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Award Application Form by January 15, 11:59 PM.


Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2018-2019 Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award. The value amount and number of awards varies by year. 

Eligibility is as follows:

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in the pursuing studies in the inclusion of students with developmental disabilities into school and society

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Award Application Form by January 15, 11:59 PM.


Donna Kuzmarov Prize

Established in 2015 by Donna Kuzmarov, BA 1966, MEd 1990, to recognize one or more Master students in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology who have demonstrated excellence in his or her research in the area of counselling psychology.

Awarded on the basis of good academic standing by the Faculty of Education, upon recommendation of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. Preference will be given to students who are working with the McGill Psychotherapy Process Research Group.

Students must be registered at McGill in the Fall 2018 semester to be eligible for this award. (Students on Time Limitation, or Students who are not registered are ineligible).

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Award Application Form by November 15, 11:59 PM.


Vanier Scholarship Program

The Vanier Scholarship Program was launched by the Government of Canada to attract and retain world class doctoral students. Complete details regarding the Vanier program can be found on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships website. Please consult Vanier CGS for eligibility criteria and nomination process, as well as the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies funding page on Vanier here.

This funding opportunity encourages students to pursue their doctoral studies at institutions different from those where they completed a previous degree in order to broaden research horizons and seek new challenges. Candidates nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree will be asked to provide a compelling rationale as to why they have chosen to remain or return.

Value and Duration of Award: $50,000 per year for three years

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) is eligible to nominate  up to three students per Federal Granting agency (CIHR, SSHRC) to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for this award. Note that you can only be nominated by one Canadian University, and are not eligible if you have received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship for CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to complete a doctoral degree.

Deadlines:

Friday, May 26th 2018, noon. Please notify the dept. of your INTENT to apply by May 26th 2017. You do not have to submit any documentation at this stage. Simply send an email to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca with your full name, ID number (if applicable) and Program (that you are registered in, will begin, or intend to apply to), subject of email header: “Intention to apply-Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program”. Please ensure you review the extensive application requirements as well as selection criteria to establish the supporting documentation that you will be required to submit should you be nominated by the Department. 

Saturday, June 30th 2018, noon: Deadline to submit pre-screening application to the Department for evaluation by the ECP Fellowships committee. Submit the following documents in the following order, in ONE PDF. Ensure your PDF is named as follows: “LASTNAME, Firstname_VANIER CGS competition.pdf". All documents should be submitted to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca in the following order:

Wednesday, August 1st 2018: Candidates selected for nomination to GPS by the ECP Fellowships committee will be notified. Please note that a lot more documentation will be required by the agency at this stage. You are encouraged to review the information carefully in advance so that you are prepared in the event that your application is selected for nomination by the Department. Nominated Candidates should order ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS at this stage as they will be required. This checklist developed by GPS should assist you in ensuring you are gathering all the necessary documentation. Nominees will also be required to adhere to the subsequent deadline dates below. Additional Resources are also listed here on the GPS website: https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students/vanier.

Thursday, September 20th 2018, 8:00pm EST: Deadline to submit a complete application via Researchnet.

Friday, September 21st 2018, NOON: Deadline to submit printed hard copy of your COMPLETE application from ResearchNet, as well as all official transcripts in sealed envelopes to the ECP administrative office.

GPS will notify successful candidates in the University wide competition directly.


Graduate Mobility Awards 2018-2019

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Mobility Award. This award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program. Students will be awarded the Graduate Mobility Award based on academic unit and Faculty approval.

Eligibility

You must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill.
  • Be registered as a full-time thesis student at the time of travel.
  • Have completed one full-time term at the time of application.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date.
  • Be approved by his/her academic unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity.
  • Be proposing to travel between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.
  • Be participating in one or more of the following mobility activities, depending on the Faculty/academic unit:
    • Research stay at a lab abroad
    • Participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad
    • Field work abroad
  •  Conference travel is NOT eligible

Value of Award

Award values depend on where the mobility activity takes place, its duration and the availability of funding at the time of application.

How to attain Unit approval

Please submit the following documents to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca. Subject header “Graduate Mobility Award 2018-2019

*APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS*

  1. Complete the Graduate Mobility Award Application Form
  2. Submit supporting documents, including:
    • One letter of support from McGill supervisor detailing significance of the research activity, location, collaborator(s) (if applicable), and any matching funding
    • ECP CV

Once your application has been approved by the Department and Faculty, further instructions will be provided (i.e. completion of travel registry form and online application). Please submit your application without the Dean's signature. If your application is approved, we will obtain the signature on your behalf. 

If you have any questions about this award, please email us at studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca


Ann Gross Fellowship in Education

Established by Ann Gross, MLS 1977. Awarded by the Faculty of Education on the basis of academic merit to outstanding graduate students pursuing research in the field of developmental psychology to further advance scholarship and services that will enrich the lives of adults with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder and/or Asperger syndrome.

Eligibility: Students must hold high academic records. Applicant will be evaluated based on CGPA (Undergraduate and Graduate levels), Quality and significance of the proposed work to the area of focus identified by the award, Scholarly Publications, Scholarly Presentations, Fellowships (Federal, Provincial, External and internal).

Amount varies. This year, the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology student will receive an award in the value of $2,200.00

How to apply (Deadline date: January 2, 2019)

  1. Complete the Graduate Award Application Form
  2. Submit supporting documents: ECP CV, a  one page statement indicating how their research contributes to the focus of the award .


Faculty Awards 2018-2019 

We  are pleased to inform you that the awards listed below are now open for application.

Applicants will be ranked by the ECP Fellowships Committee based on the following criteria:

  • CGPA (Undergraduate and Graduate levels)
  • Quality and significance of the proposed work to the area of focus identified by the award
  • Scholarly Publications
  • Scholarly Presentations
  • Federal, Provincial or External Fellowships

The ECP Fellowships Committee will select ECP finalists who will be nominated by the unit for the Faculty-wide competition. Units will transmit to the Office of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, applicant dossiers, which will then be evaluated and ranked by academic members of the Committee on Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies will then select the recipients based upon recommendations received from the Committee on Graduate Studies. The results of the competition will be disseminated in April 2019.

Your deadline for submitting an application for all of the award competitions below is  January 29, 2019  at noon.

Instructions:

Each award requires that you:

  1. Complete the online application web form
  2. Submit one labelled PDF file per award which contains each of the sections outlined below. These sections are from the award application web form. Submit one PDF per award (labelled LAST NAME, First Name, AwardName.pdf). Submit this PDF to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Faculty%20Awards%202018-2019)  with subject line: Faculty Awards 2018-2019). As an example, if you are applying for 4 awards, you will be required to submit 4 different PDFs, labelled appropriately. 

Sections you will be required to prepare are (weighting/values for each section vary by award – see each award under “Requirements” for percentage values):

  • Statement (significance of the proposed work to the area of focus identified by the award)
  • Scholarly Publications
  • Scholarly Presentations
  • Fellowships (Federal, Provincial, External and Internal)

Please see this guide to assist you in completing the Publications, Presentations and Fellowships sections.

If you have any questions, please send them via email to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca.

The Graduate Awards and Fellowships that will be awarded by the Faculty in 2018-19 are:

Herschel and Christine Victor Fellowship in Education

Established in 2000 by Herschel Victor, B.Com. 1944, for an outstanding graduate student in the Faculty of Education.

Eligibility: Granted on the basis of academic excellence.

Value: varies

Open to: Master’s and Doctoral students

Requirements: Statement (max 5000 characters) (20%) describing your proposed research and a list of all Scholarly Publications (25%), Presentations (25%) and federal, provincial, external and internal fellowships (10%) obtained prior to August 31st, 2018. (CGPA 20%)

Jackie Kirk Fellowship:

Established in 2009 by Andrew Kirk in memory of his wife, Jackie Kirk, for outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Education.

Eligibility: Granted on the basis of academic excellence. Preference will be given to those students whose research has a focus on any one or a combination of the following: post-conflict education in developing countries, women teachers, and girlhood studies.

Value: varies

Open to: Master’s and Doctoral students

Requirements: Statement (max 2500 characters)(30%) describing your proposed research and how it relates to one or a combination of: post conflict education in developing countries; women teachers; and girlhood studies and a list of all Scholarly Publications (20%), Presentations (20%) and federal, provincial, external and internal fellowships (10%) obtained prior to August 31st, 2018. (CGPA 20%)

Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Support Fund:

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

Eligibility: Granted on the basis of academic excellence. Must be conducting fieldwork.

Value: varies

Open to: Master’s and Doctoral students

Requirements: Statement (max 2500 characters) (20%) describing your proposed fieldwork research and a list of all Scholarly Publications (25%), Presentations (25%) and federal, provincial, external and internal fellowships (10%) obtained prior to August 31st, 2018. (CGPA 20%)

Walter A. and K. Mary Marsh Fellowships in the Faculty of Education:

Established in 2009 by K. Mary Marsh in memory of her husband, Walter A. Marsh, for outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Education.

Eligibility: Granted on the basis of academic excellence to graduate students who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Preference will be given to Master’s and Ph.D. students conducting research with a focus on teaching.

Value: varies  (2 fellowships: one Master’s, one Doctoral)

Open to: Master’s and Doctoral students

Requirements: Statement (max 3000 characters) (30%) describing your proposed research and how it relates to teaching practices also include a paragraph indicating your leadership activities and list of all Scholarly Publications (20%), Presentations (20%) and federal, provincial, external and internal fellowships (10%) obtained prior to August 31st, 2018. (CGPA 20%)

Gauri Shankar Guha Award in International Development Education:

Established in 2003 by Dr. Ratna Ghosh in her late father’s name to recognize and promote the academic achievement of an outstanding graduate student pursuing research in international development education in the Faculty of Education.

Eligibility: Granted on the basis of academic excellence and aptitude for research.

Value: varies

Open to: Master’s and Doctoral students

Requirements: Statement (max 2500 characters)(30%) describing your proposed research and how it relates to international development education and list of all Scholarly Publications (20%), Presentations (20%) and federal, provincial, external and internal fellowships (10%) obtained prior to August 31st, 2018. (CGPA 20%)

The Stansfield Award for School-Based Classroom Research:

Established in 2000 by a bequest by Ellen Edith Grubb Stansfield, B.A. 1929, M.A. 1931, in recognition of her experience, leadership and interest in education in general, schools and classrooms in particular.

Eligibility: Granted on the basis of academic excellence to a full-time graduate student whose research focuses on schools and classrooms and who is in the beginning stages of their thesis program (1st year).

Value: varies

Open to: Master’s and Doctoral students

Requirements: Statement (max 2500 characters)(30%) describing your proposed research and how it relates to schools and classrooms and list of all Scholarly Publications (20%), Presentations (20%) and federal, provincial, external and internal fellowships (10%) obtained prior to August 31st, 2018. (CGPA 20%)

Research statements above should not exceed the maximum indicated, including spaces.


Graduate Student Travel Award in Education

Call for Applications – Faculty of Education, McGill University

The Graduate Student Travel Award in Education was established in 2016 by Mabel T.C. Young, M.A. 1965, for graduate students in the Faculty of Education who are travelling to pursue research in order to enhance or complete graduate work in his or her field of study, and can include but is not limited to, attending a conference or taking a course. Awarded by the Faculty of Education to one or more international students travelling within Canada and to one or more Canadian students travelling to South America, Africa, or Asia, especially China or Hong Kong.
 
Estimated Value:              

  • $1,500 will be awarded to an international student travelling within Canada
  • $3,500 will be awarded to a Canadian student travelling to South America, Africa or Asia, especially China or Hong Kong

 
The application deadline is August 13, 2018
 
Travel may take place between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.
Should you receive the award, you must submit proof of travel to the Faculty by September 14, 2018.
 
Apply for the Graduate Student Travel Award in Education.


Financial Aid

Depending on need, students can apply for loans and bursaries and find out more about other sources of income through the McGill Scholarships & Student Aid Office (SSAO). While a number of the opportunities available to students are outlined below, further information on these and other sources can be found at their office, including defering tuition payments, obtaining a line of credit, and various government aid opportunities.

Are you facing an emergency/financial crisis? The Department has set aside a limited contingency fund for students who find themselves in a position of immediate/short-term financial need. If you find yourself in an emergency situation (for example, short on rent for a month, unable to afford groceries, have recently been robbed or lost important items, etc.) we encourage you to contact us directly via ecpinfo.education [at] mcgill.ca (email), phone (514-398-4242) or in person to discuss how the Department might be able to help. If emailing, please enter as a subject "REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE."

As well, the SSAO will always accept emergency drop-ins weekdays between 10am and 4pm.

Are you an international student? International student aid is now also administered by the SSAO office, which can provide assistance with budgeting and navigating the expenses of living and studying in Canada. They can also assist with filling and submitting income tax forms.


Tuition & Fee Payment Deferrals

Students in a degree program with no prior outstanding tuition/fees may request that payment(s) of tuition and fees be deferred based on self-reported demonstrated sources of funding from the university, government or other external agencies.

All requests are student-initiated using the "Defer Payment of Tuition and Fees" option through the Financial Aid & Awards Menu on Minerva.

For more information, please visit the Student Accounts website.