External Funding - Prospective Students



NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS M)

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D)

Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships 

Fulbright Canada Student Awards

Funding for International Students 


Is the most prestigious undergraduate research award in Canada, and provides the awardee with financial support to conduct research in a host lab in the summer prior to joining a graduate program. Intended to stimulate interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and to ultimately pursue graduate studies and a research career in these fields.

Awarded to excellent Canadian graduate students demonstrating high academic achievement, research potential, and leadership skills in their undergraduate and early graduate studies 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 excellent research and leadership potential. 

Awards outstanding incoming McGill doctoral students displaying high academic standard and research potential                                                                                                                                                                            

Intended for Canadians who are graduate students, prospective graduate students, or promising young professionals who wish to study and/or conduct research in Canada

Please visit McGill GPS' official website for information                   


Open to McGill and non-McGill students

Must be Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Must be currently registered in a bachelor's degree program in the natural sciences or engineering (without holding higher degrees in these fields). Those enrolled in professional programs, such as Medicine (including Med-P), Nursing, PT/OT are ineligible

Must have a cGPA of 3.6 or higher (on McGill's scale of 4.0) 

May hold a maximum of 3 NSERC USRAs throughout their university career

May not concurrently hold more than 1 research award during the summer term

New in 2020, supervisors do not need to hold an active NSERC grant. However, preference will be given to those who are currently funded by NSERC (e.g. as principal investigator or co-investigator of the grant).

See full list of eligibility requirements for applicants and supervisors here

Canadian, PR of Canada

Canadian, PR of Canada

Canadian, PR of Canada, International



$4,500 from NSERC + min. $1,500 from proposed supervisor




$15,000 USD


16 consecutive weeks of full-time research work between May and August, 2020

12 months, non-renewable

Up to 3 years

12 months, renewable 2x

1 academic year (9 months)

Application Deadline

February 12, 2020

Deadline to submit application through the portal: December 1, 2020, before 8 P.M. (E.T.)

Deadline to submit an application to the IPN: January 15, 2021

October 1, 2019

Internal nomination

November 15, 2019, 11:59 P.M. (E.T.)

Application Instructions / More information

McGill Faculty of Medicine's web page

NSERC's web page

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.

*NOTE: For the Fall 2020 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.

McGill GPS' web page

CGSD's official website


McGill's web page

Fulbright's web page                                                                                                             


- See list of IPN supervisors who hold an active NSERC grant: File ipn_pis_-_usra_2020.xlsx

New in 2020: While supervisors do not need to hold an active NSERC grant, preference will be given to those who are currently funded by NSERC. 

- Applicants must submit an online application via NSERC's online system AND a hard copy to McGill's Faculty of Medicine. More information here




Tomlinson Scholars who accept a fellowship from an agency external to McGill (federal or provincial) will be entitled to one-half the full value of the Tomlinson Fellowship up to a maximum of $50,000 total, per year

Fulbright awards may be held at any university, research centre, think tank, or government agency in Canada



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