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On this page: Departmental Submission Deadlines | Tips for Preparing Fellowship Applications | GREAT Awards | Graduate Research Mobility Awards | Financial Aid | Tuition & Fee Payment Deferrals


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

Departmental Submission Deadlines

Funding Body Application Deadline
Harmonized Tri-Council CGS Master's Competition - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC December 3, 2014 - 11:59PM
NSERC Doctoral Scholarship October 10, 2014 - 12:00PM
Trudeau Foundation Scholarship October 10, 2014 - 12:00PM
SSHRC Doctoral Competition October 27, 2014 - 12:00PM
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program Closed for 2014-2015


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 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 2014-2015 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards competition for the dissemination of research through graduate student presentations at conferences attended between May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

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


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

  • Master's 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_-_updated_september_2014.docx


  1. First competition deadline: Thursday, October 30, 2014 (for conferences attended between May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014)
  2. Second competition deadline Thursday, February 26, 2014 (for conferences attended between November 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015)

All applications via ecpapplication [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) in one PDF file. Please note applications by email will only be accepted from official McGill email accounts.

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

Graduate Research Mobility Awards (GRMA)

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology is happy to announce that we will be offering the ECP Graduate Research Mobility Award (formerly the ECP Graduate Travel Program) for 2014-2015. Selected applicants will be awarded full or partial funding for international travel.

Please note that travel to attend or present at a conference is not eligible.

Eligibility Requirements:

**Student's must meet eligibility criteria below at the time of applying, receipt the award as well as while travel takes place.**

1. Students must be registered full time in a graduate degree program (doctoral or masters, research or course-based) within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology.
2. The proposed travel must be for the purpose of:

  • A research trip
  • Field work
  • Learning about methodologies or research techniques

3. The proposed travel must be international
4. Students must not be receiving funds from the Student Exchange and Study Abroad (SESA)
5. Travel must not be to attend or present at a conference
6. Proof of participation must be submitted to the ECP Administrative office immediately after travel takes place.

Required Supporting Documents:

1. A 500 word (maximum) description of the proposed travel and how it is relative to your research program in addition to any supporting documents (i.e. letter of invite from host institution/supervisor, registration form, website of applicable training program, etc.)
2. Supervisor will need to complete the designated section on the application form justifying travel and sign.
3. An estimated budget. (Note: Expense must be economical and 'value for money' based.)
4. Proof of participation must be submitted after travel takes place. Failure to submit proof will result in reimbursement of award to the Department.

*Please note:
Travel must take place between September 1, 2014 to August 15, 2015.
Students cannot apply for trainings that they have applied for in previous years for this award.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 5, 2015.

The award value per selected applicant will be at the discretion of the ECP Fellowships Committee. Students may apply for multiple trainings.

Please click on the following link to access the application form:  ECP Graduate Research Mobility Award Application Form 2015

All applications and supporting documents mustbe submitted by ecpapplication [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: GRMA%20Application) (email) in one PDF file. Please note applications by email will only be accepted from official McGill email accounts.

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


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 [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] 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.