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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 |   Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education | Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award


 

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

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 Postodctoral Studies Student Funding Opportunities webpage

Funding Body Application Deadline
Harmonized Tri-Council CGS Master's Competition - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC December 3, 2015 - 11:59PM

Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

October 21, 2015-12:00PM

SSHRC Doctoral Competition October 21, 2015 - 12:00PM
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program Closed for 2015-2016

 


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 2015-2016 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards competition for the dissemination of research through graduate student presentations at conferences attended between May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.

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

Eligibility:

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 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  1. First competition deadline:Friday , October 30, 2015 (for conferences attended between May 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015)
  2. Second competition deadline Friday, February 26, 2016 (for conferences attended between November 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016)

All applications should be submitted via studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: GREAT%20Award%20application) (email) ONLY 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)

Closed for 2015-2016.


Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2015-2016  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 of the award is a minimum of $2,500 and the eligibility is as follows:

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in the M.Ed. in Inclusive Education. 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 applyPlease submit a copy of the application form by January 20th 2016 at noon, to studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Judy%20Fish%20Graduate%20Award%20in%20Inclusive%20Education%20)  Subject header "Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education" 


Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2015-2016 Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award. The award was establised in  2004 by Avrum and Dora Morrow in honour of Judy Fish, B.A. 1965, M.Ed. 1982.

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in  the M.Ed. in Inclusive Education . 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:  Please submit a copy of the application form by January 20th 2016 at noon, to studentapplication [dot] ecp [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Dr.%20John%20A%20Bryant%20Award)  Subject header "Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award" 


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.