External Funding - Current Students

Fall, 2023

As a reminder, all Doctoral students are required to apply for at least one federal and one provincial award each year they are eligible. Master’s students are also strongly encouraged to apply for all external awards for which they are eligible.

Several information sessions on federal and provincial award programs are held during Discover McGill Grad Orientation week. Presentation materials (slides and audio recordings) will be available for students who may miss a session, or who would like to consult the presentation again, on the Fellowship Information Sessions page:

For more funding opportunities, visit GPS' website.


If you are a Master or Doctoral student who has applied for the FRQ award, please fill out this form.

Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQ-S)

The Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQNT/FRQSC/FRQS) has launched its Fall 2023 fellowship competition. FRQ is one of the few domestic sources available for international students. New this year, all students admitted for Fall 2023 are eligible to apply, as per the FRQ Common General Rules. If you are a Master or Doctoral student who has applied for this award, please fill out this form.

NEW: French abstract translation support for all doctoral applicants:
• As per FRQ competition guidelines, the project title and abstract must be provided in French, while supporting documents (including project proposal) may be submitted in English.
• The lay abstract should be written in a language that can be understood by the public. It can be prepared well in advance of the project proposal.
• GPS will provide a translation service to all doctoral applicants. To benefit from this service, the English title and abstract must be received by the dates indicated in the submission instructions.
• GPS has compiled a list of recommendations for students writing their abstract in English. It is important to start the process early to leave sufficient time for translation and translation review.

In order to maximize their chances, all applicants are encouraged to consult the following resources on this page:
• Tips & Tricks for successful Fellowship applications (for insightful tips from successful applicants and experienced reviewers)
• FRQ Doctoral & Masters Funding (additional information on preparing and submitting an application)

New info sessions will be held in late August during Graduate Orientation.

OVERVIEW Supports the research of graduate students in the field of health sciences

$20,000/year (Master's)

$25,000/year (Ph.D.)


2 years (Master's)

4 years (Ph.D.)

DEADLINE • FRQNT – October 3 at 4:00 PM
• FRQSC – October 4 at 4:00 PM
• FRQS – October 5 at 4:00 PM

Current International students are eligible to apply



Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS M) 

OVERVIEW Awarded to excellent Canadian graduate students demonstrating academic achievement, research potential, and leadership skills in their undergraduate and early graduate studies.
VALUE $17,500
DURATION 12 months, non-renewable
DEADLINE December 1, 2023, before 8 PM E.T.

To apply to the CGS M Program, applicants must complete and submit an application using the Research Portal. Applicants should consult the following web pages:

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program Instructions for Completing an Application

NSERC Application Portal

GPS Student Funding Information - CGSM

The Research Portal will instruct applicants to select up to three institutions where they intend to hold the award. Applicants must only select institutions where:

  • They are currently admitted or enrolled full-time in an eligible program of study and intend to pursue their studies; or
  • Applied for full-time admission to an eligible program of study by the deadline set for their intended graduate program.

Important Notes:

  • Past experience has shown that many applications not submitted in time were missing the required reference assessments. A tutorial video for Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Instructions for Completing a Reference Assessment Form is available. You are encouraged to share this link with your referees, so that their assessments are linked to the application well in advance of the deadline.
  • GPS requires all transcripts* from every university-level academic institution attended. They should be listed on the student's Canadian Common CV (CCV) and be "official" and must include transcripts to support any transfer credits.
  • For the Fall 2021 competition, unofficial transcripts will be exceptionally accepted if official transcripts cannot be obtained.
  • Incomplete or incorrect applications and late recommendations will not be accepted and will not be forwarded to the GPS Central Selection Committee.


Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D)

OVERVIEW Canada's three federal granting agencies - NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC - have come together to harmonize the CGS-D program. Its objective is to recognize and retain top-tier Doctoral students at Canadian universities demonstrating research and leadership potential.
VALUE $35,000/year
DURATION Up to 3 years
DEADLINE October 1; you must inform administrator.ipn [at] mcgill.ca of your intention to apply for the award by September 13, 2023

Any applicant wishing their application to be routed to McGill MUST indicate “McGill University” as the “institution paid” on ResearchNet when entering proposal information.




Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

OVERVIEW Prestigious awards given to Canadian doctoral students who demonstrate academic excellence and superior leadership skills
VALUE $50,000/year
DURATION 3 years
DEADLINE May 31, 2024; 5 PM E.T. (internal deadline)

call for applications will be announced in Spring 2024



Please note that an email will go out in Spring 2023 to the IPN list serve to solicit self-nominations for the 2023 selection process.



Dissertation Awards

OVERVIEW Recognize outstanding theses produced by graduate students
APPLICATION/MORE INFO https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students/dissertation


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