Fall Bursary

The following information is for the Fall 2023 competition.

In addition to the funding provided by its Summer Research Bursary Program, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences also offers a limited number of research bursaries during the following fall term. Funding for the Fall Research Bursary Program is provided by various donors.

The purpose of the Fall Research Bursary Program is to support the ongoing research interests of the faculty's summer bursary recipients. That is, a limited number of students are given the opportunity to test a new hypothesis or investigate a new research objective based on their original 8-week summer project.

Duration and value of award

A fall research project must be conducted between mid-September and late December.

The project must be completed on a part-time basis over 12 weeks; 15 hours per week, in accordance with the student's availability.

The standard research bursary value is $2,000 for 12 weeks of part-time research (available in 2 installments).

Eligibility of students and supervisors

  • Applicant must be currently registered at McGill in one of the following undergraduate or non-thesis programs: Medicine, Nursing (BSc or Direct-Entry MScA), Physical or Occupational Therapy (BSc), Speech-Language Pathology (MScA)
  • Students registered in the MD-PhD joint program are not eligible to apply during the fall/winter terms
  • Chosen supervisor must be a Full, Associate, or Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (who is not a relative)
  • Each faculty member may supervise up to 2 students; each applicant must have an independent project or research question
  • Student and supervisor should not be on leave during any part of the 12 weeks of research
  • If program requirements were not fulfilled for a previous research bursary program (e.g. abstract/report or evaluation not submitted), future applications for funding will not be considered

Application deadline

Complete applications are due by 4:00 PM on Thursday, September 7, 2023. This includes the submission of the online application form, the student project proposal, and the signed agreement form.

Late applications will not be considered.

Full ethics approval

For research projects involving human subjects and/or animals, full ethics approval must already be obtained by the above deadline date in order for a student's application to be considered.

Conditions of award

  • Students may not concurrently hold a competitive source of funding during the tenure of the Faculty's research bursary
  • Funding is not transferable to another student
  • Students may not conduct course-related research during the tenure of the award
  • Project must involve 12 weeks of part-time research (15 hours/week) conducted between mid-September and late December
  • Proposed projects can be done: (1) all on-site or (2) partially on-site and remotely
  • On-site research work must be conducted at McGill University or one of its affiliated institutions
  • Research work must be consistent with the student project proposal submitted (the basis of award offer); should there be a need for the research work to change significantly, the Trainee Awards Coordinator must be notified immediately at rbursary.med [at] mcgill.ca
  • If required by a supporting donor, the student agrees to provide information about their research project (e.g. final abstract and/or report) as well as a letter of thanks
  • In order to receive research bursaries, students must be in good academic standing (e.g. without supplemental exams to write or remedial rotations to complete)
  • If a student is placed on probation after accepting an award, the Trainee Awards Coordinator must be notified immediately at rbursary.med [at] mcgill.ca
  • If the Faculty feels that a student's education will be jeopardized by doing research, it reserves the right to advise the student not to continue with their plans
  • Should award conditions not be met, the Faculty reserves the right to recall all or part of the student's funding

The following requirements must also be met:

Student Responsibilities

In early January, bursary recipients must submit a final abstract and report based on their research findings. The abstract and report must conform to the guidelines provided and be submitted by the specified deadline date.

Supervisor Responsibilities

In early January, supervisors are required to submit an evaluation of their student's performance. Supervisors must use the Supervisor Evaluation Form provided and respect the specified deadline date.
It is strongly recommended that supervisors review their student's final abstract and report in order to provide any necessary guidance.

Deadline for final abstract/report and supervisor evaluation

Final abstracts, reports, and supervisor evaluations are due on Friday, January 12, 2024. Details regarding Fall 2023 documentation will be available in early December on the Abstract, Report and Evaluation webpage.

Notification of results

Students and supervisors will be notified by email regarding the results of the funding competition by the end of September.


For questions regarding the Fall Research Bursary Program, please contact the Trainee Awards Coordinator at rbursary.med [at] mcgill.ca

Application Process

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