Funding Opportunities

McGill and the Department of Family Medicine is very committed to helping graduate students secure adequate funding for their research and studies. Please take the time to review Graduate Studies' information on Funding Opportunities, which is divided by type of student, and includes opportunities for international students and travel, in addition to the information provided below. Applications may be made for a variety of studentships or fellowships administered by the University or by various private, provincial, federal agencies, or at the university level. Our trainees have been very successful in obtaining these awards.

Internal Funding Opportunities:

Tuition Assistance

The Department offers tuition assistance, as available, to competitive international and out-of-province students. 

Teaching Assistantships

Available to qualified PhD candidates on a competitive basis, for up to 40 hours per 3-credit course.


If available, these are scholarships paid to graduate students from a professor's grant. In general, the value of the stipend is determined by the professor, and availability of funds.

Research Assistantships:

Students may work up to an additional 12 hours per week as a research assistant, with approval from the supervisor.

Loans and Bursaries

Based on financial need and not merit. For more information, please contact the Scholarship and Student Aid Office.

Internal Studentships from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine

Deadline: May 1, 2021 (estimate). Internal Studentships are open to highly qualified Faculty of Medicine graduate students who are registered full-time in a research training program leading to an MSc or PhD degree. Students who apply for a Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentship are automatically considered for every award for which they are eligible. More information can be found here. Please also refer to Graduate Studies: Funding Opportunities from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPSO) regarding more specific funding information.

Internal and External Differential Fee Waivers

Differential Fee Waivers cover the difference between International Tuition and Quebec Resident Tuition fees and are available for International Students.

Departmental Travel Awards 

This award is for full-time MSc or PhD students enrolled in Family Medicine. All interested students need to complete an online application form and the link will be emailed at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. Candidates will need to provide the title of the presentation and the conference information.

IMPORTANT: To be eligible for funding, graduate students

- must not be on time limitations, or have any overdue milestones (committee meetings, progress reports, etc),

- must show evidence that they have applied for a CIHR travel award (if the notification of award has not yet been posted),

- or have applied and have been rejected.

- must also be the first author on a presentation (oral or poster) that is being given at:
1. A primary care research conference (e.g., NAPCRG, FMF);
2. A conference that is directly related to the student’s thesis project.

Qualifying MSc students are eligible while registered as a full time student in the Department of Family Medicine. Qualifying PhD students are eligible to receive while enrolled as a full time student. These travel award amounts may change from competition to competition, depending on the number of applications received.

Before the funds are dispersed, the candidate must provide proof of acceptance as first author to a conference. Once the information becomes available, the candidate must also provide proof of registration and attendance at the conference (i.e. name badge or airline boarding pass). If the candidate is unable to attend the conference, the award must be refunded to the Department.

Note: Only one award per academic year - maximum of one per MSc program, and maximum 3 per PhD program.


External Funding Opportunities:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the CIHR Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health.

CIHR Master’s Award: 2020-2021 Application is due on NSERC Research platform and to the department of Family Medicine on December 1, 2020.  All Masters students, including health professionals, may apply. All areas of health research apply. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Please note that McGill has a quota system, thus our department can only recommend 6 candidates after we review all applications.  Please also note that the University requires all applicants to have a minimum 3.7 CGPA in each of their last two years of study.  

CIHR Doctoral Award: 2020-2021  Application is due on ResearchNet and to the Department by October 1, 2020. More information can be found here

Doctoral Research Award : Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (2020-2021) Application is due on ResearchNet and due to the department by September 17, 2020. More information can be found here and here

CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship: 2020-2021 Fellowships provide support for highly qualified candidates at the post-PhD stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad. The program is open to both Canadians and citizens of other countries. 

Fellowship: 2020-2021 (This may be an option for a person in the Clinician Scholar Program or after the program) Deadline on ResearchNet: October 30, 2020 (apply directly to CIHR). This fellowship is open to post-PhD candidates and health professionals who are interested in enhancing their research skills in a graduate program or a less structured research program (e.g., a physician/resident completing a research project with a supervisor). The program is also open to both Canadians and citizens of other countries. 


Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ)

The FRSQ (Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec) is a non-profit funding agency created in 1964, under the Act Respecting the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (L.R.Q., c. M-30.01).The FRSQ reports to the Minister in charge of Québec's department for economic development, innovation and export trade (ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation) and the mandate is to implement government strategy with respect to human health research as presented in the Québec Research and Innovation Strategy. More info on the training awards available. 

Master's or Doctoral Training - Applications Now Closed.  This program is designed for university students seeking to pursue health research training in a Master's or doctoral university program. Open only to Quebec residents.

Master's or Doctoral Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree (Ideal for future students in the Clinician Scholar Program). Applications Now Closed. Applicants with a professional university degree in a health sciences discipline and a valid license to practice in Québec.  This program is designed to encourage health professionals to acquire research training as part of a university Master's or doctoral program. All health themes are eligible, regardless of proposed methodology or models. Open to Quebec residents.

Postdoctoral Training (post-PhDs only) - Applications Now Closed.

Professional Postgraduate Training in Research (professional degrees only and for Clinician Scholars not enrolled in a graduate degree) - Applications Now Closed.

FRQS/MSSS Resident Physician Health Research Career Training Program (Family Medicine)  (Perfect for the Clinician Scholar Program) - Applications Now Closed

Tuition Assistance and Graduate Funding Allocation

Many of our international and out of province students will qualify to receive tuition assistance. An award letter will be sent out once a student confirms acceptance to our graduate program and all the terms will be included in it. All awards are processed directly to the student account bills once they are generated. 


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