Funding Your Degree

You got in, congratulations! Paying for a degree, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, can be quite challenging. We understand that funding university studies can be difficult and aim to provide you with information that can get you started on the research process of funding your degree. Please use the headings below to find links and advice that are  relevant to you, noting especially that you may fall under more than one category.

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McGill University | International Students | Undergraduate Students | Graduate Students | Studying Internationally | Funding FAQs


McGill University

The Scholarships and Student Aid Office provides information on scholarships, financial aid, government aid, work-study programs, and other sources of funding for McGill students. If you are a McGill student searching for resources and advice on how to afford your degree or live on a budget while you're in Montreal, browse their site or contact them for personalized services.

The Scholarships and Student Aid Office offers merit-based entrance scholarships to first-time university students entering a full-time undergraduate degree program.

  • All applicants to McGill undergraduate degree programs are automatically considered for the one-year entrance scholarship provided they meet the minimum academic requirements. There is no separate application for the one-year entrance scholarships as they are given solely on the basis of academic achievement.
  • Major entrance scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and outstanding leadership in school or community activities. A separate application is required after submission of your application for admission.
  • Certain faculties at McGill offer their own faculty-specific entrance scholarships. Students should consult individual faculty websites and admissions procedures for more information. Bear in mind that these scholarships are not transferable should a student decide to change faculties.
  • If applicants are awarded an entrance scholarship and still require funding for their studies at McGill, they should consider the entrance scholarship as one part of a potentially larger financial assistance package. More information can be found at the links above for entrance scholarships and the Scholarships and Student Aid Office.

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies site has information for students on graduate and postdoctoral funding streams, including the types of opportunities available, eligibility, how to prepare applications, and how to accept and maintain awards. The site also links to an updated and comprehensive listing of internal fellowships and awards, as well as eligibility and application information on external funding while studying at McGill.

Graduate students who are interested in assistantships (research, teaching, or otherwise) should consult the specific department or faculty which administers their program. The Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies offered by IGSF does have graduate awards available, but students may find other sources of funding through the coordinating departments which offer the option and in which they are enrolled.


International Students

The Government of Québec has information on financial assistance for students from outside of Canada. Their website links to information on exemptions for students from particular countries and scholarships and bursaries awarded to students, based on both need and merit.

The Government of Canada can help students from other countries identify funding and scholarship opportunities for study and research at Canadian institutions. The database is organized by academic institution, student/researcher status, and faculty or department of interest.


Undergraduate Students

There are a number of scholarships available for undergraduate students within specific universities and generally across Canada.

The Canadian Universites site should be used as a starting point to guide students to the institutions and organizations which offer the women's studies scholarships listed therein. Similarly, scholarships.com has information and links that can guide students to funding streams based on their area of study; students interested in Women's Studies, students who identify as LGBTQ, and students who identify as women can find a list of scholarships on the site. FinAid.org maintains a collection of scholarships available to LGBT students, covering a variety of postsecondary institutions and eligibility criteria. Please note that IGSF can not vouch for the security or accuracy of links on these websites.

MyGSA.ca promotes safer and inclusive schools for the LGBTQ community by helping students set up Gay-Straight Alliance groups and managing resources for and stories from those in existing groups in schools across the country. The site has an alphabetical listing of LGBTQ-focused scholarships, awards, and bursaries for students in Canada.

The Point Foundation aims to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ leaders by empowering promising students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them, to make a significant impact on society. Point hopes to provide a greater level of acceptance and respect within future generations for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, and financial packages.


Graduate Students

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW-FCFDU) is a bilingual and independent organization which works to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. It is an affiliate of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW). The CFUW-FCFDU offers several fellowships and awards for graduate level studies at Canadian universities and abroad. Available awards can differ on a yearly basis, with new awards being added regularly as available.

The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) in the United States aims to promote and support the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research, and service in academic and other settings. NWSA offers three awards and scholarships for graduate students who are also individual members of the organization. Membership is open to Canadian students, requires a valid student ID, and costs around $90.

The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. The scholarship is based on demonstrated need, but does require applicants to demonstrate additional financial resources adequate to meeting the estimated expenses of graduate study.


Studying Internationally

Students interested in studying away from McGill University should visit the Student Exchanges & Study Abroad section of our website to learn more about the types of opportunities available as well as the requirements and eligibility criteria.

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) advocates for women's rights, equality, and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education and training up to the highest levels. The IFUW offers a number of international fellowships and grants to women graduates for postgraduate research, study, and training. The awards may be used in any country other than the one in which the applicant was educated and habitually resides.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a leading voice in promoting equity and education for women and girls. The AAUW offers a number of international fellowships for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents and are pursuing graduate or postgraduate studies.

The Government of Canada has a listing of scholarship opportunities for Canadian students who wish to study and conduct research abroad. The database is organized by country, government department, academic institution, and status type of the student/researcher.


Funding FAQs

If you are currently a McGill student, you can find a full list of McGill-specific FAQs on the Scholarships and Student Aid Office website.

What is a bursary?

A bursary is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. Bursaries do not need to be repaid.

What are entrance scholarships?

Entrance scholarships are awards available to students entering a full-time degree program, usually on the basis of merit and achievement prior to admissions. Most entrance scholarships do not require separate applications from the admissions application, but students should check the specific requirements of the degree programs in which they enroll.

What is the difference between need-based and need-blind aid?

Need-based aid is available based on an assessment of a student's (and their family's) ability to pay for the degree program in which they are enrolled. Need-based packages are reflective of the gap between the ability to pay and the cost of tuition/fees. Need-blind aid is available to students regardless of their ability to pay and is often, but not always, available as scholarships and awards.

Where else can I look?

The information provided here is intended to help you start the process of researching funding sources for your undergraduate and graduate studies. Please use the links to direct you to further information or help you discern the right keywords for your search. If you are not a WMST/SDST student, please consult your department for other scholarship, award, and bursary information pertinent to your studies. The McGill Scholarships and Student Aid Office (linked above) can also be of great help. Please contact us by info.igsf [at] mcgill.ca (email) if you have any further questions.