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 7.2 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
DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 1st
A recipient will be selected by the committee; the announcement can be expected in August.
External Scholarships for MDCM Students
The following scholarships are available to 1st year medical students. These scholarships are not administered by McGill University.
The Karen E. Latt Memorial Scholarship is for female graduates entering medical school. For more information, visit the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal website at with keyword search: JCF Scholarships.
The Canadian Medical Foundation offers a Special Bursary Program for Aboriginal Medical Students.
The RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for Medical and Dental Students for students entering first year of a Canadian medical or dental school.
The Quebec Black Medical Association offers scholarships to students of African and/or Caribbean descent in CEGEP or University, studying health-related sciences such as medicine, pharmacy/pharmacology, biology, chemistry/biochemistry, exercise science/kinesiology, psychology, public health and more.
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.
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 renewable.
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
For information on Financial Aid for Future Undergraduates, please refer to this website. 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.
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).