Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR) Fellowship

Value & Duration

It is an annual award of $ 20,000 for a non-renewable internship of four months to take place outside of Canada.

  • At the doctoral level only;
  • The research should focus on international relations;
  • The internship of the student must be outside of Canada;


Deadline set by Unit (usually mid-September)


The candidate must be:

  • Be 35 years of age or under at start of award
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program at McGill

How to Apply

Students submit application form and required documents through their academic unit at McGill.

Required Documents

To qualify, candidates for the scholarship must submit a complete application package containing the following documents:

  • The application form duly completed, dated, and signed;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A bibliography of applicant's publications;
  • A description of the research project with bibliography, including: the research question or problem, objectives, working hypothesis, methodology, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of international relations (maximum 3 pages);
  • All official University level transcripts.
  • Letters of recommendation:
    1. One letter from the research director covering the nature and the significance of the research project;
    2. One letter from a supervisor in the foreign institution where the candidate intends to do his research. The resources of the host institution offered to the candidate's research activities should be indicated;
    3. Two letters from referees who must base their recommendation on the academic and professional excellence, research potential and skills of the candidate.

Evaluation Criteria

Research potential of the applicant demonstrated by the research experience, interest in discovery and innovation, the research’s quality and its contribution to knowledge advancement in the field of international relations.


Academic excellence seen in transcripts as well as scholarships, honors and awards received. 


Academic and professional experience shown by publications and activities related to international relations in areas such as academics, volunteer work and civic, political, social, cultural and professional action.


Communication skills expressed by scholar curriculum and work experience, commitment to the community and other relevant extra-curricular activities, as well as letters of recommendation and quality of the application. 


Letters of recommendation from the research director and the supervisor of the host institution


Letters of recommendation from two referees


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