Graduate funding available in the Department of History and Classical Studies is awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants. The department offers four years of guaranteed funding to the top four PhD candidates. We also have a limited number of recruitment awards, teaching assistantship positions, research assistance positions and departmental awards listed below. Applicants to whom the department is able to offer financial assistance will be contacted.

Information concerning internal graduate and postdoctoral fellowships and awards at McGill University, as well as information regarding a selection of external fellowships, is available in the Graduate Fellowships and Awards Calendar, which may be accessed on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website.

Departmental Awards

- The Peter Cundill Fellowships in History at McGill ($25,000)
- Daisy A. Latimer Memorial Prize in History ($1,500)
- Robert Vogel Memorial Award in History ($1,000)
- T. Palmer Howard, Q.C. Award in Canadian History ($2,000)
- The Foundation for the Advancement of Protestant Education Graduate Fellowship in History ($7,500)
- Louise Dechêne Prize in Canadian History ($500-$1,000)
- Gibson-Brydon/Nagy Travel Fund ($500)

PhD Fellowship in Indian Ocean World History

The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) is offering a PhD Fellowship in Indian Ocean World History. While all proposals within this broad field will be considered, historical studies of (i) the Indian Ocean world trade in animals and/or animal products or (ii) the slave trade indigenous to the eastern sector of the Indian Ocean world (i.e., any region South and Southeast Asia to China) are particularly welcome. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Gwyn Campbell, Canadian Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History, and is expected to possess a good reading knowledge of one or more relevant languages. Please contact Prof. Campbell by gwyn.campbell [at] (email )with a title, a two-page outline of your project proposal and a CV. Value: $15,000 CAD per year, with the possibility of renewal.

This award is tenable at the Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University. It is open to all qualified applicants without restriction as to nationality. In applying to the McGill PhD program, please indicate your wish to be considered for the Indian Ocean World History PhD Fellowship.


PhD Fellowship in Early Canadian History

The Canada Research Chair in Colonial North America at McGill offers a PhD fellowship for work on the history of “Canada” in the period 1500-1840. The aim of the fellowship is to encourage research on the history of First Nations, as well as British and French colonization in the northern half of North America. Broad perspectives that situate “Canadian” phenomena in the context of the history of the Americas or that of the Atlantic World are encouraged.

This award is tenable at the Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University. It is open to all qualified applicants without restriction as to nationality. In applying to the McGill PhD program, please indicate your wish to be considered for the Early Canadian History fellowship.

- Value: $20,000 Cdn per annum.
- Renewable twice.
- If the successful applicant receives a major external award, this fellowship may be reduced to a smaller “top-up” grant.

For further information, contact Prof. Allan Greer: allan.greer [at] (Email)

PhD Fellowship in the History of Medicine

Students applying to begin a PhD in the history of medicine in 2011-2012 at McGill University are eligible for a newly created fellowship: the CRC doctoral fellowship in the history of modern medicine. This award, which may be renewed twice contingent upon student performance and funding, is reserved for an exceptionally meritorious applicant. The annual stipend is $35,000 per year. Students applying for the PhD track in the history of modern medicine will automatically be eligible for this fellowship.

PhD Fellowship in the History of Medicine

Fellowship available for PhD student in history of medicine at McGill University, Departments of History and of Social Studies of Medicine. Research will be within the framework of a larger project on the history of Minimally Invasive Surgery (“keyhole surgery”) 1980s-2000, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) for 4 years. Applications will go through the History Department of McGill University. Start Sept. 2014, application between Nov. 1, 2013 and Jan. 15, 2014. For further information please contact Prof. Thomas Schlich (Thomas.schlich [at]

Students who are eligible are strongly urged to apply early in the fall (before applying to MA and PhD programs) to the following competitions:
Trudeau Foundation Scholarships
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
PBEEE (for foreign students only)

For more information, visit the GPS website mentioned above. Click here.

Applicants in Canadian History should refer, in particular, to the following competitions:
1) Max Stern-McCord Museum Fellowships:
Doctoral - $20,000, renewable twice
Fellowship and Awards information
Offered to meritorious graduate students who will register in a department of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University and whose research will directly involve the collections of the McCord Museum. Please consult the McCord Museum Website, to find information on the various collections of the Museum. No citizenship restrictions.

We do not know yet whether this award will be offered for the 2014–2015 year.

2) Fred and Betty Price Award.(Internship): D. Miles Price, B.A. 1959, wishes to create an endowment fund in honour of his parents, Fred and Betty Price, to support meritorious graduate students whose research directly involves the historic collections of the McCord Museum, furthers understanding in the fields of Canadian art history and material culture studies, and whose work disseminates the significance of the McCord collection. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Owens, Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts

3) McGill Institute for the Study of Canada awards: here

Finally, we are also able to provide excellent students with financial support through teaching and research assistant positions.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the relevant faculty via email to discuss an application to the MA or PhD program to work as research assistants on these projects and receive mentoring in these subject areas.