Travel Awards

GREAT (Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel) Award

The Integrated Program in Neuroscience has been allocated enough money for multiple GREAT awards of $500 each, twice a year.


Students can request funds for travel to national (excluding Montreal) and international conferences to present the results of their work or for travel to other labs to learn new techniques and expand research skills. Travel must take place at the specified time indicated in your application form. For example, if you win a GREAT award for usage in the Fall, it cannot be carried over to the Winter competition if you decide that you want to attend something else. If you change your mind about your travelling plans, please let the office know immediately so that we can give the award to another deserving student. If you have received a GREAT Award in the preceding term, you are not eligible to apply.

Please note: If you are graduating you are not eligible to apply for this award.


Download the fillable application form here.

Please return the completed application form via email to ipn [at] Append any documents supporting your travel request, e.g. accepted abstract, confirmation of conference registration


October 15 (For travel between November 1 and April 30) OR

April 15 (For travel between May 1 and October 31)


Awardees will receive $500 deposited into their accounts after they have submitted proof of having spent at least that amount on costs related to their travel, and proof that the travel has taken place. The IPN will not fund any travel request for a conference that occurs after the initial thesis is submitted.

Travel Registry

The Minerva Travel Registry and Pre-departure Orientation are resources designed to help prepare students undertaking University-related international activities. According to the International Mobility Guidelines, participation is mandatory for most undergraduate and graduate students.   Are you participating?

Pre-Departure Orientation

Graduate students travelling to attend an international conference or formally organized workshop in countries listed by DFAIT at Level-1 (Exercise normal security precautions) or Level-2 (Exercise a high degree of caution) are not required to attend Pre-Departure Orientation but are required to complete a Travel Registry form on Minerva for all travel activities. All other students are required both to participate in Pre-departure Orientation and to complete the Travel Registry. Students planning multiple international activities are only required to participate in orientation once, but must complete a separate Travel Registry form for each activity.


The Albert Aguayo Travel Award


The primary objective of this funding opportunity is to support McGill graduate trainees in Neuroscience for the purpose of attending specialized courses to learn new techniques and/or visit laboratories in other locations for collaborative projects.


•Students must be registered full-time in a graduate program at McGill

•Travel must occur between June 1st 2018 and May 31st 2019

•Funding can be cumulated (ie. combined with other travel awards.)

•Travel must not be for conferences

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents to katherine.vanka [at] Save these documents as a single PDF file with the file name: "Lastname_Firstname_Aguayo_Travel.pdf"

1) The completed application form

2) A one-page summary (maximum) of intended research/learning activities during the study period.

3) A letter of support from current supervisor, indicating the relevance of travel to the research and their permission

4) A letter of invitation from host lab (for collaborative study) or description of curriculum (for courses)

5) A one-page budget summary

Application deadline: May 31, 2018


Zurich Neuroscience Travel Fellowship

The Zurich Neuroscience Travel Fellowship provides support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Brain@McGill, Montreal, or Oxford Neuroscience to travel to Zurich in order to undertake neuroscientific research to advance their scientific expertise. The fellowship is valued to a maximum of CHF 6’000 and is tenable only in the term, in which the travel is occurring.

Terms of Reference

The Zurich NeuroscienceTravel Fellowship is intended for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who must travel to undertake research required for their program of study/research.
The Fellowship is valued up to a maximum of CHF 6’000. The duration of the research trip must be a minimum of one month to a maximum of four consecutive months. The fellowship value will be prorated depending on the duration of the research trip and its location.
To be eligible to hold this Fellowship, a student must be registered at McGill or Oxford as a full-time, regular student (not “on-leave” or “part-time”) and in good standing in a master’s or doctoral program in the term for which the award is held. If applying as a postdoctoral fellow, applicants must submit the proposal within 4 years after obtaining their doctoral degree.
The following categories of activities will not be supported:
    • Instructional activity (courses, field schools, training programs)
    • Conferences, seminars, working groups, etc
    • Travel to paid employment (co-op terms, internships, research assistantships, etc.)

Students or postdoctoral fellows are eligible to hold no more than one Zurich Neuroscience Travel Fellowship during their degree program.
Recipients of the Fellowship may accept other scholarship support from external sources.

Applications should be made in writing, including the following information:

 • The name and contact information of the host supervisor, and name and location of the Department/Institute where you intend to pursue your research/study activities.

 • A CV including examination grades, publications and awards received.

 • A statement of the research to be conducted, including description of research, relevance, contribution to the student’s development as a researcher, and justification for travel (maximum 2 pages).

 • A letter of support from the senior supervisor, indicating the relevance of travel to the research and their permission.

 • A one-page budget summary, including dates of travel, travel costs, accommodation, and living expenses. (It is not necessary for these costs to equal or exceed the maximum value of the award.)

 • A letter of invitation and agreement from the host lab at Zurich.

Awards are made by the Neuroscience Center Zurich Fellowship Committee and adjudicated based on the following criteria:

 • Academic ability, based on exam grades and publications.
 • The research proposal.
 • The contribution of travel to the development of the student/researcher as a researcher.


Eligible individuals (see terms of reference above) may apply in writing including all required information to Wolfgang Knecht (wknecht [at] and cc Chelsea Cavanagh (chelsea.cavanagh [at] Applications can be handed in at any time and will be considered four (4) times a year.

Eligibility criteria - Eligibility criteria for this award are outlined in the Terms of Reference. Please note that incomplete applications will be rejected. In all cases, funding will be awarded based on scientific excellence.

Timing of Award and Accountability  - This travel fellowship is intended to support students while working on their degree requirements or advancing postdoctoral fellows. Therefore, recipients of the fellowship do not need to account for travel expenses.

However, recipients must conform to the following requirements:

• If planned research travel is delayed, a recipient may postpone the award only as far as the spring semester of the year following the application.

• Students will be required to submit a short report of their activities after the travel has been completed. Failure to do so will result in a reduction of awards made to the student’s program in future.

For more information, please visit the Brain@McGill website.

The Zavalkoff Travel Award

The Zavalkoff Travel award provides support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from McGill to travel to Tel Aviv University in order to undertake neuroscientific research to advance their scientific expertise. Five annual projects will be approved for a McGill student/postdoc to visit TAU for up to 4 months and the McGill research lab will get $5,000 to continue the work upon the McGill student/postdocs return. For more information, please visit the Brain@McGill website