At McGill University, we are committed to helping you finance your education. We offer our research students the most competitive and generous funding in Quebec. Our funding, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.

In the Linguistics Department, we provide five years of funding for PhD students and one year and eight months of funding for MA students (covering living expenses, tuition and fees), provided that students do not have external fellowships. All successful applicants are automatically considered for relevant funding. At the same time, we strongly recommend applicants to look for funding from external sources. In the past, students have been very successful in obtaining funding from sources such as SSHRC, FQRSC, NSF, Government of Canada Awards, Commonwealth Scholarships, etc.

There is no funding for students in the Qualifying Year program.
For details of our funding policy and the amounts involved, see Linguistics Graduate Student Handbook , section 5: Policy for Funding of Graduate Students.

Funding for graduate students in our department comes from a variety of sources:


The Department has a number of recruitment fellowships, full fellowships and top-up fellowships (funded by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and by the Faculty of Arts) to assign each year, to incoming and continuing students.

TAs and RAs

The department has a number of positions for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants.

Travel funding

Some travel funding is available to allow students to present at scholarly conferences. See Linguistics Graduate Student Handbook , section 7, for details.