Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships

The Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships are GPS' most prestigious internal award. They are awarded annually to recruit top students into doctoral programs at McGill. Tomlinson Scholars usually go on to win other prestigious awards like Vaniers or CGSDs.

Value & Duration 

  • Up to $35,000 per year, renewable twice
  • International students also receive a DFW


  • Deadline for applicants to submit to unit - Set by the unit
  • Deadline for units to submit to GPS - May 22, 2024
  • Results Announced -July 2024


  • Incoming student accepted to a doctoral degree program with a start date of Winter 2024, Summer 2024 or Fall 2024. Students currently enrolled at McGill, or whose latest degree was completed or in progress at McGill, are ineligible. Former McGill students who later completed a graduate degree elsewhere may apply. Visiting students at McGill, who are completing the requirements for a degree from another university, may apply.
  • Only applicants with a first class academic record. McGill considers a first class GPA to be 3.7 (or 3.5 in Law) in each of the last two (2) years of full-time study at the undergraduate and post-graduate level.

Nomination Process & Required Forms/Tools

Academic units may submit a maximum of 1 nomination. However, a unit may submit an additional nomination for an Indigenous applicant who is eligible for IGEF who meets the eligibility criteria. Units with an active Tomlinson awardee can also submit a nominee. The nomination package must include:  

  1. Unit Nomination Form 
  2. Letter of endorsement by the GPD or Chair on a separate sheet, or completed on page 2 of the nomination form
  3. Candidate's application package (in the order presented in "Application Process and Required Documents" section)
  4. A copy of the admission letter 
  5. A copy of the funding letter 

Information on CGPA calculation and international grade conversion is available here.

The candidates information must be entered on FAD 

Please merge and submit all the documents listed above to gradcomp.gps [at]

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria Weight (%)
Academic Excellence 20
Research Ability or Potential (based on personal statement) 20
Research Project 20
Reference Letters 20
Nomination Letter from Department 10
Quality of the Chosen Environments (supervisor’s statement) 10

Tomlinson Scholars who accept a fellowship from an agency external to McGill (federal or provincial) will be entitled to one-half the full value of the Tomlinson Fellowship up to a maximum of $50,000 total, per year.


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