Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships

Established in 2000 through a very generous gift from Dr. Richard H. Tomlinson, these fellowships are awarded annually by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to recruit outstanding students into Doctoral degree programs. Learn more about this extraordinary man here.

Find out here what it means to be a Tomlinson Scholar

Value & Duration 

Up to $35,000 per year, renewable twice.


  • Deadline for candidates to submit to unit - Confirm with unit
  • Deadline for units to submit to GPS - May 25, 2023
  • Results Announced - July 2023


  • The Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships are for incoming students accepted into a doctoral degree at McGill University* with a start date of Fall 2022. 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 1st 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.

Application Process and Required Documents

Applicants must submit their application package to the department/academic unit where they intend to study. An internal deadline that is earlier than the GPS deadline could apply. Please contact the department directly for more information about the submission process.

Your application package must include:

  1. The Application Form  
  2. Two letters of reference
    • Provide letters from two external referees commenting on the applicant's academic/research accomplishments and potential. Referees to send the letters directly to the academic unit.
  3. Proposed supervisor's statement commenting on:
    • how the applicant's proposed project integrates with the supervisor's research program;
    • source(s) of funding available for the research program; and
    • available resources, such as space, facilities, equipment, and access to required expertise.
  4. All official transcripts or certified copies from university level studies (graduate and undergraduate)

If selected, your intended department/academic unit will submit your application package along with the other required documents to GPS on your behalf. Application documents should not be submitted directly to GPS.

Academic Unit Nomination Process and Required Documents

Academic unit may submit a maximum of 1 nomination. Your nomination package must include:

  1. The 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 offer of admission letter

More information on CGPA calculation and international grade conversion is provided on the Staff website.

Academic unit must enter a candidate's application on FAD. Please merge and submit all the documents listed above via email to GPS (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

Note: 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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