Funding and Entrance Fellowships

Support for incoming graduate students comes in various forms: Faculty Fellowships, awards established by alumni, Graduate Excellence Fellowships, major competitive fellowships, awards to reduce international fees (differential fee waivers), and research assistantships with professors and research centres.

Funding guidelines for incoming DCL and LLM students

DCL candidates

For the past several years, all students have received guaranteed funding equivalent to their tuition plus $17,500 CAD for three years. Students are responsible for paying all other student fees besides tuition (student society fees, student services charges, copyright fee, dental insurance, health insurance, etc.). That funding amount is subject to reduction in the event the student secures external funding. We are designing our funding package for students entering in 2021-22 to strengthen it; we do not anticipate significant changes or any diminution in overall support.

2018-2019 Average Funding for DCL Students

LLM candidates

We have very limited internal funding for LLM students aside from a few special fellowships (e.g. Research Group on Health and Law and O’Brien Fellowships). Most LLM students will receive no funding from the Faculty. You should plan your affairs on the basis that you will not receive funding.

When budgetary circumstances permit, we can occasionally offer small bursaries (less than $5,000) to a few LLM students. Any student who wishes to be considered for funding must indicate so on their application. Funding decisions are only made after admission; requests for funding are not considered in making admission decisions. Once funding decisions are made in the spring, no further funding will be available to students. Fellowship recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence by the Graduate Studies Admissions Committee, Fellowships Selection Committees, and the Associate Dean.

Master's students should also look into the McCall MacBain Scholarships, which are destined for Master's Programs at McGill University.

External funding

All graduate students are encouraged and expected to apply for all external scholarships and fellowships for which they are eligible. For a list of graduate student funding opportunities, consult McGill University's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. Eligible LLM students are encouraged to apply for external McCall MacBain Scholarships.

Important: The funding packages of students receiving external awards (SSHRC, FQRSC, Vanier, etc.) may be reduced in order to distribute financial support more widely to the graduate student community, all while recognizing the effort undertaken to obtain external funding.

Law entrance fellowships with a competitive selection process

Research Group on Health and Law Graduate Research Fellowship

The RGHL invites applications for its graduate fellowships from LLM (with thesis) and DCL applicants (2021–2022 academic year) planning to write a thesis on topics associated with the RGHL’s research interests.

Interdisciplinary work on health-related topics

The RGHL is a research network that seeks to foster the sharing of scholarship and ideas among professors and students and encourages collaborative work on health-related issues. It also seeks to build interdisciplinary bridges across the University with colleagues working on health-related topics. Finally, it aims to provide students with a breadth of opportunities for pursuing intellectual endeavors in the field of health law through course work, independent research, graduate studies, or extracurricular engagements.

Learn more about our members’ research interests.

Stipend

LLM (with thesis) candidates: $2,500. DCL candidates: $5,000.

Requirements

  • Admission to the LLM (with thesis) or DCL program at the Faculty of Law of McGill University
  • Completion of undergraduate-level studies in law
  • LLM or DCL research project with a focus on law and health or health policy

Application process

Candidates must apply to the above programs through the regular McGill LLM and DCL graduate application process. In addition, candidates must fill out the “RGHL Graduate Fellowship” application form. Successful applicants will be notified following their admission to their chosen graduate program.

Deadline

20 December 2020. Questions may be addressed to rghl.law [at] mcgill.ca


O’Brien Fellowships for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

The O'Brien Fellowships were established in 2005 through a very generous gift from David O’Brien (BCL’65), for outstanding graduate students studying in the area of human rights and legal pluralism in the Faculty of Law.

These renewable entrance fellowships are awarded annually by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies upon recommendation of the Faculty of Law. Fellows become members of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

Application deadline

December 20

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be registered in the LLM or DCL program in the Faculty of Law of McGill University in the academic year.
  • Only candidates with an outstanding academic record will be considered.
  • There is no restriction based on citizenship or age.

Selection criteria

  • Academic excellence.
  • Originality of the proposed research in the field of human rights and legal pluralism.
  • Availability of supervision in the Faculty of Law.
  • Diversity of candidates and topics.

Application procedure

Applicants must submit an O’Brien Fellowship application by email (grad.law [at] mcgill.ca) to the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Law by the deadline for application for admission to the LLM or DCL program.

Download and fill out the application form: O'Brien Fellowship Application Form [.docx]

See the 2021 call for applications [.pdf].

Value and tenure

Value: maximum of $35,000 per annum for DCL students, renewable twice (if eligibility is maintained); maximum of $25,000 per annum for LLM students, tenable for 1 year.

Renewal

Renewal for doctoral students is subject to both maintaining good standing in the program and providing a satisfactory tracking report.

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