Stipend rates 2023-2024

The information on this page is accurate as of October 2022

Graduate students in the IPN receive guaranteed funding in the form of annual student stipends. McGill University defines a student stipend as "an award paid to a student from a supervisor's research funds which will assist the student in qualifying for a degree or other scholastic recognition in the field in which the research is being carried out." Student stipends are intended to financially support the student, so that they can pay for their tuition and fees, and living expenses. Stipends are given to the student throughout their degree, given that they demonstrate adequate progress and meet the required program milestones. Personal, loan-based funding, or family financing is not permitted as part of stipend funding.

All prospective students, both Canadian and International are encouraged to apply for external funding. This includes fellowships and awards allocated by:

  • Federal departments and agencies (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC for Canadian applicants)
  • Canadian awards for international students (Vanier CGS, Trudeau Scholarship)
  • Foreign government awards for study in Canada (check with your country’s educational authority)
  • Provincial departments and agencies (i.e. FQRNT, FQRSC, FRSQ)
  • Foundations
  • Private companies

The table below reflects the minimum stipend amounts for all existing and new students beginning Fall 2023. Stipends are subject to increase annually by approximately 3%-5%, following University tuition rates.

The estimates below, based on historical levels, are used to determine the IPN minimum stipends. These numbers are calculated before the university sets its new tuition rates around May each year. Although McGill's final tuition and fees may differ from our estimated numbers, the numbers posted below should be used as the minimum stipend students receive for the 2023/24 year.

MSc. Students

  Quebec Quebec Quebec Out of Prov. Out of Prov. Out of Prov. INTL INTL INTL
  Y1         Y2          Y3          Y1 Y2  Y3  Y1    Y2  Y3   
Living Allowance $21, 183 $21, 183 $21, 183 $21, 183 $21, 183 $21, 183 $21, 183 $21, 183 $21, 183
Est. Tuition/Fees/Insurance $5,191 $5, 368 $4, 399 $11, 361 $8, 453 $4, 399 $22,851 $14, 541 $5, 067
Total $26,374 $26,551 $25,582 $32,544 $29,636 $25,582 $44,034 $35,724 $26,250

Ph.D. Students

Living Allowance $21,183 $21,183 $21,183 $21,183
EST. Tutition/Fees/Insurance $5,191 $4,399 $20,811 $5, 067
Total $26, 374 $25, 582 $41,994 $26, 250

Living allowance is based on a 7.2% CPI increase in Montreal from Aug 2021-2022 ( Tuition/Fees/Insurance are estimated based on an anticipated 4% increase over 2022-23 rates

We will be offering continued financial support for all existing international students to account for the increase in the fees and new international students will have the opportunity to be supported by differential fee support via a competitive mechanism. International PhD applicants who do not win a competitive differential fee support can be recruited with support from their supervisor.

1. International Differential Fee (IDF) Awards bring an international PhD student’s stipend obligations for the supervisor down to Canadian student levels.

2. Existing international PhD students will continue to receive IDF awards if they received them in the past.

3. International MSc’s who successfully fast-track to the PhD will receive IDF awards.

4. Supervisors must nominate new international PhD recruits to be entered in a competition for the fixed number of IDF awards available each term. To nominate a candidate, use this link (

5. Competitions will be held 3 times per year. For the Fall term, nominations must be made by Dec 1 and Mar 1. For the Winter term, nominations are due by Aug 15. Award recipients will be announced in March and April for the Fall and Sept for the Winter.

6. If your candidate does not win an IDF package from the IPN, you may still recruit them, but will be obliged to support them at the full amounts specified in the table above.

7. Supervisors may also nominate any candidate (PhD or MSc) for a competitive Recruitment Award by completing the form linked here (

8. Supervisors filling out the LOU for an international PhD student who has not yet been awarded the IDF Award may select the option on the online form to create a conditional LOU, which specifies that the student will only be accepted if they receive the award.





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