HBHL Graduate Student Fellowship Competition



  • $300,000 from CFREF for PhD fellowships
  • $200,000 from FRQ for MSc fellowships


  • PhD fellowship: $15,000/year
  • MSc fellowship: $10,000/year


One year

Number of fellowships

Up to 40 fellowships (20 for each level of study) will be awarded


  • Competition launch: March 11, 2019
  • Application deadline: April 18, 2019, 5:00 pm EST
  • Results announcement: August 2019
  • Award start: as early as August 1, 2019 and no later than October 1, 2019

What is the objective of this program?

The Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative is a high profile, high priority multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral program located at McGill University made possible with support from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). HBHL’s Graduate Student Fellowship Program aims to attract, train and retain top students at the graduate level from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation.

Are you eligible?

  • The applicant must be enrolled full time at McGill University at the Masters (MA1-2) or PhD (PhD1-5) level at the start of the award.
  • The competition is open to both Canadian and foreign students. Applicants must have a McGill supervisor prior to submitting an application. Candidates may consult the Brain@McGill Researcher Database to identify potential supervisors and contact them directly. However, potential supervisors are not limited to those in this database.
  • The proposed research project must be aligned with HBHL’s goals and objectives and tie into at least one of HBHL’s four Research Themes.
  • The applicant would normally have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 3.5 in their most recent term of study or equivalent. Preference will be given to first class students (A-; cGPA 3.7). An admission cGPA calculation must be attached in addition to the official transcripts. This cGPA is calculated from the last two (2) years of full-time study at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the cGPA calculation form. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the cGPA calculation form.
  • The applicant cannot concurrently hold a fellowship from another Canadian federal or provincial funding agency or McGill internal fellowships (e.g. from Faculty of Medicine or IPN) and an HBHL award. However, the applicant may concurrently hold a HBHL and a Mitacs fellowship. Fellowships from private foundations or organizations may also be held concurrently.
  • Current or past HBHL-funded graduate students are eligible to apply.

How to apply?

The application must be submitted online and includes two steps:

  • Step 1 - All applicants must first register on the HBHL fellowship submission webpage. Once registered, the applicant will receive an email with two links: the first link will be used to upload the complete application package, including the application form and attachments (in PDF format). The second link may be used to modify your registration information (i.e., your supervisor or referees, project title, research theme, etc.).
    Your supervisor and two referees will automatically receive a link to upload their letters of recommendation.
  • Step 2 - The applicant must use the link received in Step 1 to upload the application package (application form and required documents). The supervisor and referees will use the link they received to submit the support letter.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all the documents, including support letters, are submitted online before the deadline on April 18, 2019, at 5 pm EDT. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.


All eligible applications will be assessed by an evaluation committee according to the following criteria. Applicants with the highest rankings from independent evaluations will be considered for an award.

  • Alignment with HBHL’s goals and objectives (15%)
  • Research project (30%)
  • Applicant’s letter of motivation (10%)
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisor (10%)
  • Applicant’s publications, honours and transcripts/degrees (15%)
  • Letters from external referees (20%)

Application guidelines, form and reference document