Where to Give

Where to Give

Whether you are looking to give back to your McGill faculty or school through The McGill Fund, to support scholarships and student aid, or donate to Athletics programs or the McGill Library, this is the place to start. Make your gift now by choosing the area you wish to support from the list below.

Faculties and Schools

Every McGill faculty and school depends on philanthropic support to augment academic programs and foster groundbreaking research, establish and enhance student awards, and launch new initiatives that keep the University at the forefront of teaching and learning.

McGill’s Greatest Needs

There are so many worthy causes at McGill that it can be difficult to know what area would most benefit from your support at that moment. If you don’t want to use your donation to target a specific area or program, you can always make an unrestricted gift to benefit the University’s greatest needs.

Scholarships and Student Aid

Scholarships and financial aid are vital to ensuring that every deserving student has access to a world-class McGill education, and allowing us to continue to attract the very finest young minds from around the world. Through the continued generosity of our donors, McGill’s Scholarships and Student Aid Office will further enhance our student support through loans, bursaries and scholarship funding, as well as valuable student services like debt management, individualized budget counselling and job-hunting support.


For many students, faculty members and alumni, the McGill Library is the heart of our University. Its 14 branch libraries collectively house more than six million documents, offer 800 computer workstations and 2,300 individual study carrels, and form the backbone of learning and research at McGill. Gifts help the McGill Library stay at the forefront of teaching and learning by supporting the acquisition of new materials and technologies, meeting the growing student demand for modern study spaces, and helping build the knowledge capital needed to address societal needs in the digital age.

Athletics and Recreation

Athletics and Recreation are an essential part of McGill campus life, offering programs and services ranging from elite athletics to amateur sports that touch thousands of students every year. Donor contributions enable Athletics and Recreation to support student-athletes as they train and compete at peak levels, bolster our varsity programs, hire and retain coaches and trainers, and upgrade vital athletic equipment and facilities.

Montreal Neurological Institute

Private support has helped The Neuro maintain its extraordinary quality in basic research, expand its outstanding translational research and continue its exceptional care of patients. Only through investing in the up-and-coming generation of brain science visionaries, and giving them the tools to move their science forward, can we identify new, promising therapies and strategies in the laboratory and ensure that they are brought quickly to the patients who need them.

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is a world leader in neuroscience and is uniquely positioned to build the future of medical science. Is there a better place to invest? We need your support for the research and development in neuroscience that holds such great promise for the successful treatment, cure and prevention of neurological diseases. Research is the key to advances in medical care. Investment in the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital supports the research we do today to help us build the solutions we want and expect for tomorrow.

Goodman Cancer Research Centre

Donor support plays a vital role in helping the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) advance cancer research on a global scale. Individual contributions allow us to attract leading clinicians and researchers who are dedicated to improving treatments, and ultimately to finding cures for cancer.

Your generous support will help us continue to provide state-of-the-art resources, and to foster an environment which encourages innovative breakthroughs and helps prepare the next generation of cancer specialists.

Seeds of Change

The Seeds of Change platform allows you to support a huge range of student-run philanthropic projects, including initiatives geared towards environmental causes, mental health and wellness, and food sustainability, among many others. You have the power to be part of the collective impact and make a difference in the life of your neighbour – whether across the street or around the world.

Undergraduate Research Awards

As part of Principal Suzanne Fortier’s ambitious vision for McGill’s future, the University is working hard to ensure that every single student has the opportunity to participate in an out-of-the-classroom learning opportunity.

Some exciting examples of hands-on learning opportunities are the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE), Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) and the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards (ARIA). These faculty-based programs provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to work side-by-side with some of the top researchers at the University by participating in supervised research projects over the summer.

The programs give undergraduates a unique opportunity to participate in the kind of research that is usually reserved for graduate students, enriching their education while exposing them to ideas that can spark a lifelong passion or career. The results of their work are displayed each fall at events open to professors, students, alumni and staff from all Faculties, providing even greater impact and exposure for innovation in these vital fields.

Make your commitment and help McGill equip students with the tools they need to make meaningful contributions to their communities, their professions and to the world around them.

For further information please contact:

anne.durkin [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Undergraduate%20Research%20Awards) (Anne Durkin)
Managing Director
Development Programs

Best in the West Student Awards

richard and carolina walls

Recruiting and supporting top students from Western Canada

Being a university student can be expensive. Between tuition, housing, books and other supplies, it can cost a small fortune to attend the school of your dreams – and that financial strain can become overwhelming if you have to relocate to a new province for your studies.

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Richard Walls, PhD’78, DSc'13, and Carolina J. Walls, BSc’85, DSc'13, McGill has moved much closer to achieving its ambition that every academically qualified student is able to obtain a first-rate education. best in the west logo

The Calgary-based couple dedicated $1 million in 2008 to create and endow the Best in the West Student Awards program, designed to strengthen McGill’s ability to attract and retain top undergraduate students from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Their gift established the Dr. Richard and Carolina J. Walls Best in the West Scholarships in Science, for outstanding undergraduates from the three western provinces entering their first year of a full-time degree program in the Faculty of Science, as well as the Best in the West Scholarship in Earth and Planetary Sciences, for an exemplary second-year student.

“We are proud to offer Western Canadian students the opportunity to study at Canada’s most prominent and internationally recognized university,” says Carolina Walls.

The need remains great

Today, the Best in the West Awards program continues to thrive, thanks in large part to the generosity of other Western Canadians who have stepped forward to create additional scholarships and bursaries. And with more than 1,600 students from Canada’s three western provinces receiving letters of acceptance from McGill each year, the need for Best in the West Scholarships remains great.

Celebrating 10 years of Best in the West

Over the past 10 years, more than 230 recipients have benefited from Best in the West scholarships and bursaries and have helped to strengthen McGill’s historic ties to Western Canada. Recipients include Anna Zarzycki and Taylor Salisbury, who spoke to us about how the support enabled them to pursue their academic aspirations. Read more >