Graduate Mobility Award 2020- 2021

New in Academic Year 2020-21

University-related travel is currently heavily restricted. New rules this academic year revolve around these restrictions. Please find the latest on University-related travel during COVID-19 here.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is accepting applications for Graduate Mobility Award for two types of projects this year: regular Graduate Mobility Award and Virtual Collaboration Projects. For Virtual Collaboration project, please see the link below:

Virtual Collaboration Projects

Regular Graduate Mobility Award

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) is launching Graduate Mobility Awards to encourage graduate students to study and conduct research outside of Canada as part of their McGill degree program. Students will be awarded a Graduate Mobility Award based on nomination by the academic unit/department and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences nomination.


-Enrolled in a graduate degree program in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill and registered as a full-time thesis student at the time of travel

-Have completed one full-time term at the time of application

-Be in good academic standing (students must have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date)

-Travel must take place between October 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021

-Participate in one or more of the following mobility activities:

  • Research stay at a laboratory outside Canada
  • Field work outside Canada
  • Participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad

-Funds are NOT to be used for conferences

Amendments in Eligibility as of April 1, 2019

In order to be eligible for the Graduate Mobility Awards, students:

  • May travel for up to 2 terms (period may not exceed 8 months);
  • Cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada);
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree.

Eligibility reminders

  • Conference travel is NOT eligible.
  • Students must be registered full-time in a thesis program at the time of travel.

Amendments in Value of Award as of April 1, 2020

Maximum: $5,000

How to Apply:

  • Be nominated for a Graduate Mobility Award by his/her unit/department and attach the following documents with the application:
  • A detail budget pertaining to the travel
  • A letter of support from McGill Supervisor
  • Applicant’s CV
  • Proof of A Travel Registry completed and accepted
  • Complete the Graduate Mobility Award Application Form, including signatures.  Application form: PDF icon 2020-21_gma_application_form_2.pdf
  • For the Faculty nomination and signature, submit your application form to Nishat Shabnam using the 'Submit" button below:
  • Your application will be reviewed and signed by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and returned to you by email.
  • To submit to GPS, follow the instructions on “How to Apply” on the GPS website:

Application process reminder

  • Once the Academic Unit and Faculty have approved the application, the fully signed form and supporting documents must be submitted to GPS through our webform.

Reporting process reminders

  • Changes in travel plans, including dates of travel, must be reported immediately to the Academic Unit and GPS. Students who fail to complete this step may see their award withdrawn.
  • Mobility Award recipients are required to complete a short survey and provide proof of travel (e.g. boarding pass) within one month of return. Students who fail to complete this step will see their award withdrawn.


Please contact [at] (Nishat Shabnam) if you have any further questions reagarding this program.



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