Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships and Funding

Max Bell School Scholarships

Financial accessibility is important to the Max Bell School and for that reason it is our pleasure to announce the Max Bell School will be awarding scholarships based on merit. Scholarship consideration is automatic, for all applicants, unless otherwise specified. Several Max Bell School entrance scholarships will be available. This funding is being directly offered by the Max Bell School of Public Policy. The funding will be awarded to accepted students during their year attending the MPP program.

Dean of Arts Scholarships for New Voices in Public Policy

Each year, the Max Bell School offers two special scholarships to incoming MPP students. The Dean of Arts Scholarships for New Voices in Public Policy are granted to exceptional incoming Max Bell School MPP students who aspire in their professional careers to contribute to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. To apply, students must submit their CV and a one-page statement demonstrating their commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in their professional career, community engagement, or personal development. Preference will be given to students who identify as a member of a designated equity group. Applications should be submitted to Helen Aaron (helen.aaron [at] by June 1, 2022. Each scholarship is valued at $5,000 and is funded by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

MPP In-Course Financial Aid:

MPP students can apply for In-Course Financial Aid any day of their academic year for modest, interest-free loans while in full-time studies on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  The SSAO webpage outlines the steps for completing the application in Minerva and whether contacting the SSAO office for an appointment is required.

Royal Bank of Canada Student Line of Credit

RBC has included McGill's MPP program under its umbrella of qualifying graduate programs. Please view the details of this graduate funding program here.

The team of advisors at the RBC branch situated at 1100 Sherbrooke West (corner Peel) will be pleased to answer any questions and take your student credit line application, either in person or via video conference.

For any inquiries or to make arrangements for a student credit line application, an email can be sent to the branch manager, Thep Keohavong at thephavanh.keohavong [at]

Other Sources of Funding

As a graduate student at McGill, there is a strong possibility that you qualify for external funding. These fellowships not only bolster your academic reputation, but can help support you financially during your studies. In this section you'll find details about these opportunities, including whether or not you're eligible and how to apply if you are. McGill also offers a series of information sessions and workshops on applications to external agencies.  We have populated the following list of available scholarships and funding opportunities for which Max Bell MPP students may be eligible.

McCall MacBain Scholarships

Eligibility: The MPP at the Max Bell School of Public Policy is an eligible program at McGill for the McCall MacBain Scholarship. The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers tuition and fees for an eligible master’s or professional program at McGill University, a living stipend of $2,000 a month, and a comprehensive enrichment program. Up to 20 full scholarships and 60 entrance awards will be granted based on character, community engagement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, academic strength, and intellectual curiosity. Applications are open until September 22, 2022.

Application Process: Learn more here

Mastercard Foundation Scholars

Eligibility: The program provides academically talented young leaders from low-income backgrounds with access to a world-class university education. In all, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill will welcome 91 Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa, including 24 at the Master’s level. Unique to McGill, some Scholars are from French-speaking countries and receive intensive English language training before starting their degree programs.

Application Process: Learn more here

Mackenzie King Open & Travelling Scholarships

Value: The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship: $8500 (value is subject to change); The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship: Four scholarships of $10,500.00 nationwide (value is subject to change)

Eligibility: Students who are currently or previously registered at McGill University, apply through McGill for the Mackenzie King Open & Travelling Scholarships. McGill may nominate one applicant for the national competition. All applicants of the Mackenzie King Open and Travelling Scholarships, who are eligible, will also be considered for the Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship.

Application Process: Application form and instructions are available at the W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships website.

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship

Value: $4,000 (US)

Eligibility: Registered, full-time Masters and Doctoral students. The applicants must be female, and cannot be a citizen or landed immigrant of Canada or the United States or a Delta Kappa Gamma member.

Application Process: Visit or email Catherine Bannan at : catherinebannan [at] for more information.

Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP)

Value:$7,200 CAD for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Masters and PhD) for a minimum of 4 months or one academic term of study or research; or$9,700 CAD for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of 5 to 6 months of study or research

Eligibility: Citizens of the following countries are eligible: Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos; Central America: Costa Rica, El Savlador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama; North America: Mexico; or South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Application Process : Government of Canada webpage: Emerging Leaders in the American Program (ELAP)

Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship

Eligibility: Citizens of the following countries are eligible: Chile

Level of study: available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Value and Duration: $7,200 CAD for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a minimum of 4 months or one academic term of study or research; $9,700 CAD for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of 5 to 6 months of study or research

Application Process: Government of Canada webpage: Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship

Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

Value: $7,200 CAD for college, undergraduate or graduate (Master's and PhD) students for a minimum of 4 months or one academic term of study or research; $9,700 CAD for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of 5 or 6 months of study or research; or $14,700 CAD for undergraduate and college students for a period of 8 months of study or research

Eligibility: Citizens of the following countries are eligible: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos.

Application process: Government of Canada webpage: Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)

Value: $8,700 for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research; $11,200 for graduate students (Master's and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research; or $14,400 for undergraduate and college students for a period of eight months or two academic terms of study or research.

Eligibility: Citizens of the following ASEAN member states are eligible: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam.

Application process: Government of Canada webpage: Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)

Delta Upsilon Memorial Scholarship

Value: Varies (average of $5,000, however an award of lesser value may be made in certain cases)

Eligibility: This award is open to students who have received an undergraduate degree from McGill university in any faculty and is tenable for graduate study at any recognized university. The necessary CGPA is 3.7 or higher - 3.5 for Law.

Application process: Students who completed an undergraduate degree at McGill and apply for the Mackenzie King Open Scholarship are considered for the Delta Upsilon scholarship.

John Williamson Frederick Peacock Memorial Scholarship

Value: Varies (average of $5,000, however an award of lesser value may be made in certain cases)

Eligibility: This award is open to students who have received an undergraduate degree from McGill university in any faculty and is tenable for graduate study at any recognized university. The necessary CGPA is 3.7 or higher - 3.5 for Law.

Application process: Students who completed an undergraduate degree at McGill and apply for the Mackenzie King Open Scholarship are considered for the John Williamson Frederick Peacock scholarship.

Eberts First and Inuit Peoples Entrance Bursaries

Value: Minimum $6,000 / year

Eligibility: The minimum value of $6,000 renewable for a maximum of four years. This entrance bursary is open to first-year and first-degree students.

Application process:

Makivik Scholarship Fund

Value: Varies

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (MEQ) recognized program leading to accreditation at the post-secondary level in a university, CEGEP or technical school. Applicants must also be Inuit beneficiaries of James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), and have been resident of Nunavik for at least the 10 previous years. The deadline is September 30 for preceding winter semester and February 15 for preceding fall semester.

Application process:


Value: $3,000

Eligibility: Candidates are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Commitment to their studies
  • Community involvement (cooperative, sports, community, cultural, student, and business activities, etc.)
  • Financial need
  • The selection committee also assesses the following in their overall evaluation of candidates:
  • Educational and career goals
  • Steps taken to reach these goals
  • Determination and perseverance
  • Command of writing skills
  • Particular personal circumstances

Application process:

Dalton Camp Award

Value: $10,000

Eligibility: The Dalton Camp Award will go to the winner or winners of an essay competition. 

Application process:

Government Finance Officers Association

Value: $15,000 and $10,000


  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • Plan to pursue a career in state/provincial or local government finance
  • Student has not been a past winner of a GFOA scholarship.
  • Additional criteria for each individual scholarship found with the links below.

GFOA evaluates all scholarship applications according to the following criteria:

  • Career plans in state/provincial and local government finance
  • Past academic record and work experience
  • Strength of coursework and demonstrated connection between coursework and career goals
  • Letter of recommendation

Application process:

Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship

Value: $15,000

Eligibility: In 1985, the GFOA's executive board voted to create the Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship to recognize outstanding performances by graduate program students preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship is funded by the Girard Miller Foundation.

Additional Requirements:

  • Enrollment Status: Full-time; graduate level
  • Course of Study: Not specified, but should have relationship to state/local government finance
  • Letter of Recommendation: Someone who can speak to your commitment to the public sector
  • Employment Requirement: None

Application process:

Minorities In Government Finance Scholarship

Value: One $10,000 award

Eligibility: To recognize and encourage outstanding minority students enrolled in a course of study preparing for a career in state or local government finance.

Enrollment Status: Full- or part-time; graduate or upper level undergraduate

Course of Study: Public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with specific focus on government or nonprofit management)

Application process:

McGill's Indigenous First-Year Award with Indspire

This is a one-time, $2,000 award given to Indigenous students entering their first year. This award is non-renewable and non-deferrable. However, recipients are permitted to hold it alongside other scholarships or bursaries received from McGill or other sources.

Application process:

McGill's Indigenous Bursary with Indspire

This is an award ranging from $1,000- $10,000 based on demonstrated financial need, available to Indigenous students pursuing a degree program. Students may re-apply to Indspire in each year of study.

Application process:

Kin Canada

Value: $1,000

Eligibility: Successful applicants were chosen based on their community and school involvement, knowledge of Kin Canada and financial need.

Application process:


Value: $15,000


  • Be a student entering their first year of a full-time master’s program
  • Be doing research which has significant potential to improve the physical or mental health or well-being of veteran population, or their families
  • Demonstrate a high level of quality in proposed research methodology, and excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Exhibit significant potential for a high-impact research career in a relevant area

*Preference will be given to Canadian students studying at one of CIMVHR’s 43 partner universities.

Application process:

Canadian Japanese Mennonite

Value: $2,000

Eligibility: In 1984 MCC issued an apology, on behalf of Canadian Mennonites, to Canadian Japanese for abuse suffered during World War II. This scholarship is a symbol of cooperation between the two groups.

The $2,000 scholarship funds research on the protection of minority and human rights in Canada in order to reduce the potential for abuse of cultural minorities.

  • Enrolled in a graduate program the fall of the following year
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or international student studying at a Canadian university in Canada
  • Doing research that will help protect minority or human rights in Canada

Application process:

MADD Canada Bursary Fund

Value: $8,000

Eligibility: MADD Canada’s Bursary Program is open to Canadian citizens who have themselves been severely injured or who have had a parent (or legal guardian) or sibling killed or severely injured as a result of an impaired driving crash and who are enrolled in a full-time, ministry-approved, post-secondary educational program. Injuries must be catastrophic or severe and have had a significant impact on the applicants’ lives. Proof of injury and relation to impaired driving will be required.

Application process:

Storwell Self Storage’s Foster Children Bursary

Value: $2,000

Eligibility: Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life. Applicant must have been a foster child with an official Canadian or American foster care program and agrees to having the above organization verify the same.

  • Will be enrolled as a full-time student at a recognized general/ vocational College or post-secondary institution in Canada or USA as of Sept 2018.
  • Canadian or American Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicant must be 24 years of age or less at the time of application
  • Winner agrees to having his/her name, photo and post secondary institution displayed on the Storwell website.

Application process:

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)

Value: Varies.

Eligibility: Each year, one or more scholarships are offered to talented blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadian post secondary (college or university) students, to assist them with the pursuit of their academic studies

Application process:

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada - AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program

Value: up to $5,000.

Eligibility: Crohn’s and Colitis Canada awards ten one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 to students of any age, living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who are enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary educational institute for the upcoming fall 2018.

Application process:

Gaulin Foundation - Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

Value: Varies.

Eligibility: The scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education, which Sarah believed strongly in.

Students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students' accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study.

Application process:

Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA) Bursary Program

Value: Varies.

Eligibility: Candidate must be:

  • A full time university student at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies level
  • A Canadian citizen, a recognized resident of the province of Québec
  • Of Italian origin.

Application process:

Foundation to Commemorate Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada - James Pon Memorial Award

Value: Varies.

Eligibility: Please submit an essay (1000-1500 words) about the history of Chinese people in Canada and their contributions to the construction of the railroad and to this country; and how this relates to your family's history and experience of being in Canada.

Application process: Submissions should be sent as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to fccrwc [at] Please complete and submit the submission cover page with your entry. For more information:

St. Andrew's Society of Montreal - Educational Aid

Value: Varies.


First time application - minimum requirements

  • completed application submitted by deadline
  • application form is complete
  • official transcripts have been received and are in the applicant's file
  • Scottish backgrounds/affiliations
  • acceptance into university program leading to formal qualification
  • status as a full-time student
  • evidence of financial shortfall - detailed budget showing discrepancy between anticipated expenses and anticipated income
  • supportive academic reference
  • supportive personal reference
  • covering letter proving clear evidence of seriousness of intent

Application process:

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Fellowships and Awards Program - Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards

Value: Three awards at the masters level and three for doctoral level study. The value of each award is $5,000.

Eligibility: Awarded to mature students returning to graduate studies in any field after at least three years.

    Application process:

    Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Fellowships and Awards Program - 1989 École Polytechnique Commemorative Awards

    Value: $24,000. Two awards of $7,000 for doctoral level study and two awards of $5,000 for masters study. 

    Eligibility: Commemorates the fourteen women students murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. For graduate studies in any field. The applicant must justify the relevance of her work to women.

      Application process:

      Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club (MLUWC) Scholarships

      Value: The Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club is offering two $2,000 scholarships to female university students for the academic year 2018–2019.

      Eligibility: To be eligible, students must have:

      • High academic standing
      • Full-time university status
      • Financial need
      • Acceptance at a Quebec university for the 2017-2018 academic year
      • Residency on the West Island for at least one year prior to applying
      • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

      Application process:

      P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

      Value: Varies. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.

      Eligibility: The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to indicate additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarships.

      Application process:

      Soroptimist Foundation of Canada - Grants for Women Award

      Value: Varies.

      Eligibility: The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers which will improve the quality of women's lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing services, providing legal counselling and assistance, counselling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counselling women in crisis, counselling and training women for non-traditional employment, and positions in women's centres.

      Application process:

      Canada Student Loans


      To qualify, you must:

      • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or designated as a protected person; or a person registered as Indian under the Indian Act;
      • be a permanent resident of a province or territory that issues Canada Student Loans (Note: The Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Quebec operate their own student loan programs. Contact your provincial or territorial student financial assistance office for more information);
      • demonstrate financial need;
      • be enrolled in at least 60 percent of a full course load (40 percent for students with permanent disabilities) if you are a full-time student;
      • be enrolled in 20-59 percent of a full course load if you are a part-time student (if you are a student with permanent disabilities and you are studying between 40-59 percent of a full course load, you can choose to be considered a student in full or part-time studies);
      • be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program offered by a designated post-secondary school that runs for at least 12 weeks within a 15-week period;
      • pass a credit check if you are 22 or older and are applying for your first Canada Student Loan; and
      • not have exhausted your maximum lifetime limit for financial assistance (including interest-free status).

      Application process:

      Consult the following link for more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities:

      *Tuition fees are subject to gradual increases; in such cases the information will be reflected on these web pages.

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