2024 Admissions

Financial Aid

McGill University Financial Aid

For information on possible sources of financial aid, contact McGill's Scholarship and Student Aid Office. This office provides information on government aid, institutional loans, bursaries and awards, as well as counseling on budget and debt management. The Faculty of Medicine's bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need and are administered by the Scholarship and Student Aid Office

Newly accepted students entering their first year of an undergraduate program may apply for Entrance Financial Aid via the Financial Aid Menu on Minerva. Applicants for university and faculty financial aid must first avail themselves of government and other sources of assistance for which they may be eligible. 

In-course students may apply for In-Course Financial Aid via the Financial Aid/Awards Menu on Minerva.

Scholarship, bursary and prize values are based on funds available. Section 5.5.1 of the Health Sciences Calendar outlines the various scholarships, bursaries, prizes, medals and loan funds available to medical students.

McGill Entrance Scholarships for MDCM Students

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences offers a number of Entrance Scholarships annually to newly admitted first-year MDCM (including joint program) students on the basis of overall achievement as evidenced in the admissions application. All admitted students are automatically considered for entrance scholarships. There is no form to complete. Scholarships are allocated at the discretion of the Faculty of Medicine and according to available funds.

Class of Medicine 1985 Entrance Scholarship (Application required)

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the establishment of the Class of Medicine 1985 Entrance Scholarship, which will be awarded based on consideration of an applicant’s admissions file and the submission of an invited supplemental essay. Recipients will be selected by the Faculty’s Widening Participation Committee, whose mandate is to promote equity and diversity in the classroom.

To apply for the Class of Medicine 1985 Entrance Scholarship:

Write an essay (500 words,1 page single-spaced, in English or French) explaining to the selection committee how your personal history and experiences might promote equity in, and contribute to the diversity of, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences classrooms, and ultimately the health professions.

Submit the essay, along with a copy of your most recent resumé, by email to: admofficer.med [at] mcgill.ca with the subject line: Class of Medicine 1985 Entrance Scholarship

A recipient will be selected by the committee; the announcement can be expected in August.

Entrance Scholarships for Med-P Students

Entrance scholarships are available for students accepted to the Med-P Qualifying Year. While in the Med-P Qualifying Year, students are registered in the Faculty of Science and hence are eligible for University entrance scholarships, both one-year and Major  (renewable) entrance scholarships.

Major entrance scholarships require an application and the submission deadline is March 7, 2024. Contact the Medicine admissions office to request that the form be added to your Applicant Portal.  If you are also applying to a program other than Medicine, Dentistry, or Law (such as a B.Sc) please apply for Major entrance scholarships in the Minerva system. Minerva instructions: SSAO website.

Major scholarship applications require the following documents which you will be prompted to enter in the form in your applicant portal:

  • A factual list of your school activities and community/volunteer involvement for the last three academic years (including athletic/artistic and other activities)
  • A general essay either on a contemporary or historical figure that influenced/inspired you, or on a memorable event/experience which provided you with a new outlook on life
  • A one-page letter of reference that you have written – for yourself – in the third person

You are also required to have 2 references submit letters on your behalf: 

  1. Your referees or school administrator must email your reference letters to scholarships [at] mcgill.ca (and quote your McGill ID number). These documents must be:
    • typed on official letterhead stationery
    • duly signed and converted to PDF

Applications for major scholarships are reviewed by members of the selection committees that determine the finalists. Finalists may be interviewed.

Students who apply for, but do not receive, a major scholarship will automatically be considered for a one-year scholarship. No additional application is required.

Once admitted to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MDCM), recipients of renewable entrance scholarships must meet certain criteria in order that the scholarship be renewed (for a maximum of 3 years).  

Financial Aid for Future Undergraduates

You can consult Financial Aid for Future Undergraduates for information. McGill’s Scholarships and Student Aid Office offers a merit-based Entrance Scholarship Program and a need-based Entrance Bursary Program for all newly accepted, first-year, first-degree undergraduate students. McGill also offers Entrance Need-Based Financial aid to newly accepted Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences students. For information, please consult the Financial Aid Menu on Minerva or consult the Scholarships and Student Aid Office.

Award for Indigenous Undergraduate Students

McGill OKÒN:RA UNDERGRADUATE AWARD for Indigenous students in full-time studies in any McGill undergraduate degree program, including Medicine (MDCM). An application is required, please view the requirements and deadlines here: Funding for Indigenous Undergraduate Students.

External Scholarships

Many foundations and organizations offer scholarships to prospective or newly admitted medical students. McGill's Scholarships and Student Aid Office has gathered some resources as a starting point, there is also the Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary and the McCall MacBain scholarship.

Applicants with American citizenship or permanent residency, who may wish to apply for U.S. Government Loans at any time during their degree, must submit their MCAT results with their Admission application to be eligible for loan disbursement (regulation 34 CFR 600.55).

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