Indigenous Graduate Excellence Recruitment Fellowship

In support of the 52 Calls to Actions for Truth and Reconciliation at McGill, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers recruitment awards to self-identified Indigenous applicants to graduate degree programs.


PhD – 10,000

Master’s (Thesis) – 5,000

Master’s (Non-thesis) – 2,500

This award is non-renewable and paid in installments over 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.


To be offered a fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Self-identify as First Nations (status or non-status), American Indian, Hawaiian Native, Inuit or Alaskan Native, or Métis in their application; and
  • be an incoming student, and Intend to register full-time in a graduate degree program at McGill during their first year of study.
    • Note: 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.

To confirm acceptance to the offer, an applicant must:

  • Confirm intention to self-identify for the purposes of this award;
  • Confirm acceptance of the fellowship following the offer’s instructions;
  • Complete full-time registration to the first year of their degree program.

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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