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Graduate Mobility Award

The Graduate Mobility Award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program by defraying part of the cost of the international experience. The award, funded by the Government of Quebec, is available to all full-time thesis students enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill who have been approved by their academic unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity. The mobility award is meant to contribute towards the completion of the student’s thesis. A limited number of Awards are available each year on a competitive basis.


New in Academic Year 2020-21

University-related travel is currently heavily restricted. New rules this academic year revolve around these restrictions. Please find the latest on University-related travel during COVID-19 here.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is accepting applications for Graduate Mobility Award for two types of projects this year: regular Graduate Mobility Award and Virtual Collaboration Projects (see bottom of the page). 


Regular Graduate Mobility Award

Students who need to travel for research as soon as travel is allowed may apply for the regular Graduate Mobility Award under the eligibility requirements below. Students already abroad may also apply for the regular Graduate Mobility Award to do a research project in their current country of residence if travel is not involved.

If approved, payment will not be made until travel is approved, plans confirmed, and a quarantine plan is in place in both the host country and Montreal. University-related travel is currently heavily restricted. Note that your travel must be permitted before you can make definitive plans. See the latest on University-related travel during COVID-19 here.

Value 

Award value depends on where the mobility activity takes place, its duration and the availability of funding at the time of application.

Deadline

Consult your Academic Unit, as internal deadlines may apply

Eligibility

The student:

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill
  • Must be registered as a full-time thesis student at the time of travel
  • Must have completed one full-time term at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date
  • Must be approved by his/her academic unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity abroad
  • Must be participating in one or more of the following mobility activities, depending on the Faculty/academic unit:
    • Research stay at a lab abroad
    • Participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad
    • Field work abroad
    • Once your trip is permitted, and if your application is accepted, you will need to submit a Travel Registry to get your final approval and award payment.
  • Conference travel is NOT eligible
  • The activity must start during the Academic Year 2020-21
  • Note that some faculties may have additional requirements. Consult your Academic Unit for more information.

Before applying, McGill students on US Direct loans intending to pursue any portion of their program in the US or a foreign country should refer the Scholarships and Student Aid website to check eligibility and impact this funding will have on their US Direct loan(s).

Kindly be reminded that each student may only receive one award per academic year.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the 2020-21 GMA Application Form 
  2. Obtain approval signatures from your supervisor and Graduate Program Director (GPD)
  3. Follow instructions from your Faculty to obtain the approval and signature of the Faculty Associate Dean
  4. Complete the online Application Form
  5. Submit the completed and fully signed 2020-21 GMA Application Form and supporting documents, including:
    1. One letter of support from McGill supervisor detailing significance of the research activity, location, collaborator(s) (if applicable), and any matching funding
    2. CV of the applicant
    3. Outline of confirmed quarantine plans in host country and Montreal
  6. Once your trip is permitted, and if your application is accepted, you will need to submit a Travel Registry to get your final approval and award payment.

Graduate Mobility Award recipients are required to complete a short survey and provide proof of travel (i.e. boarding pass, not airfare tickets) within one month of their return. Students who fail to complete this step will see their award withdrawn.

If travel is not involved, or the student is already abroad, GMA recipients are required to submit a short report from their supervisor confirming that the activity was completed. GPS will send the report template at the end of the GMA activity.

All changes in travel plans must be reported to the academic unit and GPS immediately. Failure to report changes may result in the withdrawal of the award.

Contact

Please contact graduatefunding.gps [at] mcgill.ca for more information.


Virtual Collaboration Projects

Projects such as remote research or online workshops in collaboration with international or out-of-province partner institutions are eligible for funding. Conferences are not eligible. Since there is no travel involved, students can be awarded up to $2,000. Eligible expenses include stipend complement (up to $500 per month), equipment, software and virtual platform subscriptions.

Value

Depends on the scope of the proposal and the available budget

Deadline

Consult your Academic Unit, as internal deadlines may apply

Eligibility 

The student:

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill and be registered as full-time thesis student
  • Must have completed one full-term at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months prior to start date of activity
  • The activity must start during the Academic Year 2020-21
  • Note that some faculties may have additional requirements. Consult your Academic Unit for more information.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the 2021 GMA Application Form 
  2. Obtain approval signatures from your Supervisor and Graduate Program Director (GPD) 
  3. Follow instructions from your Faculty to obtain the approval and signature of the Faculty Associate Dean
  4. Complete the online Application Form
  5. Submit the completed and fully signed 2020-21 GMA Application Form and supporting documents, including:
    1. One letter of support from McGill supervisor detailing the significance of the collaboration activity
    2. Letter of support from the host supervisor
    3. CV of the applicant

Graduate Mobility Award recipients are required to submit a short report from their supervisor confirming that the activity was completed. GPS will send the report template at the end of the GMA activity.

All changes in plans must be reported to the academic unit and GPS immediately. Failure to report changes may result in the withdrawal of the award.

Contact

Please contact graduatefunding.gps [at] mcgill.ca for more information.

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