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Funding opportunities for students studying abroad

Hoping to study and/or conduct research outside of Canada? The following external funding opportunities will help you do just that.

DAAD Scholarships

Program DAAD Graduate Scholarship for Study/Research
Value &
Approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €925 / West: €1,300; Canada East: €1,450 / West: €1,300). In addition, limited funds are available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.
Deadline October 15, 2015
How to Apply

The Online Application Portal allows applicants to check the status of their application. Once an application has been accepted, a notification and a summary of the application in PDF format will be sent to the Portal.

Please print out the application summary as soon as it is received. Submit A TOTAL OF THREE SETS of the summary (all uploaded application materials) along with the original letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes).  To Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (Graduate Funding). 

Exception: Fine Arts and Performing Music students submit directly to DAAD
Be sure to submit all materials and the correct amount of copies. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. See below for further application instructions.

Contact Consult the DAAD website.

Eligibility Requirements

  • DAAD offers scholarships to outstanding graduate students, PhD candidates, PhD holders, and Postdoctoral scholars for whom study and/or research at a German institution will have a significant impact. Visit the DAAD website for more information.
  • Complete eligibility requirements are provided on the DAAD website for the following programs:

- Study Scholarship

Research Grant

Application instructions

Please read the DAAD Application Guideline  in full before completing your application and look at FAQ

Use the Manual for personal funding on the DAAD website

Once received at McGill Graduate Funding, applications will be screened and forwarded to a central interdisciplinary committee for final review and ranking.

Fulbright Student and Scholar Awards


  • Fulbright awards are for future graduate students, current graduate students, and faculty who wish to study, conduct research, or lecture in the United States.
  • These awards are available in all disciplines except medical training.
  • Fulbright awards can be held concurrently with other awards/grants including SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR research awards/grants, provincial government student awards/grants, university-specific awards/grants, and sabbatical pay.

Specific eligibility criteria is available on the Fulbright website.

Information for Student Applicants

Student awards are available to Canadian graduate students wishing to do one year of research/field work in the United States.  Previous students have worked with farmers in Oregon to better understand local food networks, studied the impact of ‘green roofs’ on well-being in Chicago, and discovered the original Haitian Constitution in the archives at Duke University before returning to Canada to complete their graduate degree.

Fulbright award recipients continue to benefit as alumni.  In addition to the benefits of joining the prestigious international Fulbright network, alumni have access to Fulbright Canada sponsored academic and social events as well as to additional funding to undertake local community action (through Fulbright Canada’s Eco-Leadership and Community Leadership programs).

Information for Faculty Applicants

The ideal time for faculty members to consider a Fulbright award is when they are planning their sabbatical.  Fulbright awards offer a unique opportunity to focus on specific research and writing without the distractions found at home.

How to Apply

Details about all Fulbright programs (including specific eligibility criteria), and online application packages can be found on the Fulbright website.

If you have any questions about Fulbright Canada awards, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Edmond at memond [at] fulbright [dot] ca or 613.688.5513

Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

Program Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship $8500 (value is subject to change)

The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship: Four scholarships of $10,500.00 nationwide (value is subject to change)

Required documents Available at the W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships web site: http://www.mkingscholarships.ca/
Deadline  February 1
How to apply

Submit a hard copy of application and all supporting documents to GPS James Admin Building, Room 400 or by mail to 845 Sherbrooke Street, Room 400 Montreal, QC H3A 0G4  in a sealed envelope labelled:

GPS Graduate Funding
Mackenzie King Competition


Students who are currently or previously registered at McGill University apply through McGill for the Mackenzie King Travelling scholarship. McGill may nominate one applicant for the national competition.

All applicants to the MacKenzie King who are eligible for the Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship will be automatically considered.

McGill will only consider undergraduate applicants with First Class Honours Standing (CGPA of 3.7 or higher - 3.5 for Law) and graduate applicants with cumulative "straight A" records.


Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (NSERC, SSHR, CIHR)

Value &
Up to $6,000 (3-6 months, one time only)
Deadline May 15 / September 15/ EXCEPTIONALLY for CIHR only - 29 January 2016
How to Apply Hard copy of online application and all supporting documents submitted to GPS by deadline. *No extensions or exceptions. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.
Contact Please contact your Department or consult the agency who granted your award.
Who applies All CGSM, CGSD and Vanier holders are eligible to apply.


To be eligible to apply for this program, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • have accepted or hold an active Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Alexander Graham Bell or Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) (Masters or Doctoral level) or Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) in a discipline area supported by the granting agencies;
  • be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application. Successful applicants must maintain full-time graduate research studies, and an active CGS or Vanier CGS during the course of their CGS-FSS supplement funded activities in order to remain eligible.

Eligible applicants can only take up one CGS-FSS while they hold an active CGS or Vanier CGS and must do so within one year of receiving the appropriate notification of award letter from the respective granting agency.

Preparing your application

Prepare your application and supporting materials using the Tri-Council Format standards (please consult the appropriate agency website). If your application does not conform to these standards, the agency may reject it or it may be at a disadvantage in the selection process.

If you have supporting documents written in a language other than English or French, you must provide the agency with a certified translation of the document.

Required Forms

  1. A common Tri-Council application form is available on the respective granting websites. This form must be used to apply for the CGS-FSS supplements. Please submit hard copy with original signature.
  2. Attachments:
    • An outline of the intended research activities during the study period abroad (2 pages max). See agency website for important detailed requirements of this document.
    • If you are a CURRENT CGS Master's or Vanier Award holder, you must also include a copy of the research proposal from your application to your award.
    • A letter from the current research supervisor with original signature.
    • A letter from the potential host supervisor.
    • The agency specific consent form(s) with original signature(s).
    • A letter of recommendation signed by the Graduate Program Director or designate with original signature (this document is in addition to agency requirements).

Post-Award Information

If you have been awarded the above fellowship, please request payment by forwarding a copy of your award notice and a copy of your travel documents to graduatefunding [dot] gps [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship

Program Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship
Description The Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship was established in 1988 in memory of Philip F. Vineberg, O.C., Q.C., B.A., M.A., B.C.L., LL.D., former Professor and Emeritus Governor at McGill University. It is granted to a student registered at McGill and graduating in a degree program in Arts, Education, Law, Library Science, Music, Religious Studies or Social Work, to finance one year of further studies in such disciplines at another university.
Value $14,500
Deadline Complete Application to GPS: February 1
How to apply
  • All McGill applicants to the Mackenzie King Scholarship Competition will, if eligible, be considered for the Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship in the Humanities.
  • Please refer to McGill's guidelines for the Mackenzie King Scholarship Competition for more information.
  • The Mackenzie King Scholarship Competition provides online application forms.