External Funding - Prospective Students

For funding opportunities for international students, visit GPS' website

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

OVERVIEW 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.
VALUE min. $6,000 from NSERC + min. $1,500 from proposed supervisor
DURATION 16 consecutive weeks of full-time research work during the summer
DEADLINE Summer 2024 (exact date TBA)



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.
  • 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, 2024




Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships

OVERVIEW Awards outstanding incoming McGill doctoral students displaying high academic standard and research potential
VALUE $35,000
DURATION renewable twice
DEADLINE internal nomination (2024 date TBA)
APPLICATION/MORE INFO https://www.mcgill.ca/medhealthsci-gradstudies/funding-opportunities/gra...


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