Graduate Funding

All graduate students admitted to the Department are guaranteed a minimum level of financial support up to the end of MSc2 in the case of a M.Sc. candidate and up to the end of PhD5 in the case of a Ph.D. candidate. This may comprise a teaching assistantship, a graduate student award (top-up) from the Department and a graduate student stipend from your supervisor. Students who arrive in the Department with a major scholarship (e.g., NSERC or FQRNT) are eligible to hold a teaching assistantship.


There are many major government (e.g., NSERC, FQRNT) and University scholarships (i.e., McGill Major Awards) for which students may apply. Smaller scholarships are available from a variety of sources (e.g., GEOTOP and CIM). There are also scholarships that are awarded strictly to cover the cost of a small research project that could be part of your main research and which might not otherwise be funded, such as those from GSA and SEG. The value of these scholarships is typically in the range $1,000 to $5,000. Finally, the department distributes a set of internal scholarships that range in value from $1,500 to $15,000. Awarded on academic merit to qualified and eligible EPS grad students, these awards do not require an application. A departmental scholarship meeting is held each year to determine the distribution of scholarships for the following academic year.

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