Graduate Mobility Award

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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 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 or research project. A limited number of awards are available each year on a competitive basis.


  • Up to 1,500 per month (prorated), up to 8 months. 
  • Students' activities abroad funded by this Mobility program cannot exceed 8 months per degree. The 8 months can be used in one activity, or by combining several travel activities.


  • Please consult your Academic Unit as internal deadlines may apply.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You should start the application process at least 6-8 weeks before your travel start date.
    • Note there are blackout periods between April 14 – May 15, and between July 15 – September 1. Applications will not be processed during these dates.
  • Applications for travel that has already happened will not be considered

Before Preparing your Application


The student:

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill
  • Must be registered as a full-time graduate degree student at the time of travel (status accepted: Full Time, Additional Session, Continuing)
  • 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 their Academic Unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity abroad
  • Must have completed the Pre-departure Orientation Session within one year of departure date
  • Must be participating in one or more of the following mobility activities, depending on the Faculty/Academic Unit:
    • Archival research
    • Bilateral exchange/research partnership
    • Fieldwork
    • Research stay
    • Workshop/training
  • The activity must take place outside of the province of Quebec
  • The activity must not have started at the time of application
  • Student's activities abroad funded by this Mobility program cannot exceed 8 months per degree (the 8 months can be used in one single trip, or accumulated over several trips)
  • Conference travel is NOT eligible
  • Note that some Faculties may have additional requirements. Consult your Academic Unit for more information.

You are required to submit proof of having completed the Pre-departure Orientation Session. If the certificate of completion is not available at the time of submission, one must be submitted before payment can be released.

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. Funding for Mobility cannot exceed 8 months per degree. 

How to Apply

  1. Sign up and complete the Pre-departure Orientation Session (offered online)
  2. Complete the GMA application form 
  3. Obtain approval and signatures from your Supervisor and Graduate Program Director (GPD)
  4. Your Supervisor submits their letter of support to the Faculty Associate Dean's Office by email, cc'ing GPS (fundingapplications.gps [at] If the supervisor is comfortable, the letter can also be attached to your application form. 
    1. Obtain approval and signature from your Faculty Associate Dean*
      Faculty (and GMA website if available) Contact Email (Inquiries, Associate Dean signature and Supervisor letters)
      Agricultural and Environmental Sciences susan.gregus [at]
      Arts adr.arts [at]
      Dental Medicine and Oral Health* gradofficer.dentistry [at]
      Education GPC of the department
      Engineering GPC of the department
      Law* [at]; dalia.charafeddine [at]
      Management - Desautels phd.mgmt [at]
      Medicine and Health Sciences [at]
      Schulich School of Music* [at]
      Science [at] ; general inquiries to GPC of the department
      IFS- BBME* info.bbme [at] mcgill.castudentaffairs.bioeng [at]
      IFS - IPN* [at]
      IFS - QLS* coordinator.qls [at]

      *Please note that applicants from Dental Medicine & Oral Health Sciences, IPN, QLS, BBME, Law, Management and Music are not required to provide a signature from the Faculty Associate Dean.

  5. Complete the Travel Registry
  6. Complete the online application form to submit the signed GMA application form and other supporting documents to GPS

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. Proof of travel can be submitted though this form: GMA Proof of Travel submission

All changes in travel plans must be reported to the academic unit and GPS immediately and at least one month before departure. Failure to report changes may result in the withdrawal of the award.


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

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