Anti-Black Racism Initiative Recruitment Awards

GPS offers Graduate Excellence Recruitment Awards to Black applicants to our graduate degree programs. These awards are offered in support of McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism by nomination of their unit, based on self-identification during the admissions process.


PhD – 10,000

Master’s (Thesis) – 5,000

Master’s (Non-thesis) – 2,500

This award is non-renewable and paid in installments during the first 12 months of study. The award is always provided in addition to core funding offered by a department, supervisor, or Faculty and cannot replace that funding.

Nomination Deadline

  • Fall 2024 admits: April 30, 2024 


To be offered a fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Have received an offer of Admission from a graduate degree at McGill University;
  • Self-identify as a Black student during the admissions process. They can do so in their statement, or by contacting their department directly. 
  • Intend to register full-time in a graduate degree program at McGill during their first year of study.
    • Students registered in professional Master’s programs where students regularly work full-time and pursue their studies part-time may be eligible for this award. Contact graduatefunding.gps [at] to confirm eligibility.
    • Students in self-funded programs are not eligible.

The department must submit a nomination directly to Graduate Funding.

For Faculty and Staff (including proposed Supervisors): Refer to the Faculty and Staff website for more information on the nomination process. 

Other Considerations

As an internal McGill award, this recruitment award is subject to the McGill Award Holder's Guide, so we ask that you familiarize yourself with the document.

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