Internal Studentships-2019-2020

** Please note that the announcement of results for the 2019-2020 competition is still in progress. Candidates will be notified by email no later than August 27. **


Application Deadline:

Because of the high volume of applications we receive at this time of the year, and in order to avoid system overload, please submit your applications and attachments to [at] during working hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4:00 pm.




All categories: April 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm


Please note that MSc 2 students who are not fast-tracking to a PhD program, and PhD 5 or later students are not eligible to apply.

Please also note that students are not eligible to combine McGill's Internal Studentship award with any other Internal/External funding valued at more that $10,000. Students must notify our office of any other funding received during the same academic year (2019-2020 ) as soon as possible (valued at more than $10,000) and decline the offer of award from the competition.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required documents, paper and electronic, are received at the Faculty of Medicine Research and Graduate Studies Office, McIntyre Medical Sciences building, room 637, by that time and date. Late, incomplete or handwritten applications will not be considered.

Internal Studentships are open to highly qualified Faculty of Medicine graduate students who are registered full-time in a research training program (Thesis) leading to an MSc or PhD degree.

Students who apply for a Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentship are automatically considered for every award for which they are eligible.

Eligibility: Internal Studentships

To be eligible for the studentship competition:

  • Students must be already registered full-time in a Faculty of Medicine graduate research training program.
  • At the time of application, student must be in MSc1 for Masters level students or between PhD1 and PhD4 for Doctoral level students. MSc 2 students must have already been accepted to fast-track.
  • Successful applicants must be registered at McGill University Faculty of Medicine when applying and for the duration of the award.
  • Students may not hold more than three years of Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentship funding.
  • Applicants are required to apply to external and internal funding sources for which they are eligible. Priority will be given to excellent students who are not eligible for other external funding.
  • Internal Studentships are not automatically renewable. However, recipients are eligible to submit a new application to the full competition in subsequent years.
  • MD/PhD students are not eligible to apply for Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentships. They should consult the Director of the MD/PhD program regarding funding for which they are eligible.
  • Residents receiving remuneration from the RAMQ while pursuing a Masters or PhD degree are not eligible to apply to the Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentships program.
  • A supervisor must be a McGill or IRCM Professor, Associate Professor or an Assistant Professor.

Number of awards

A supervisor cannot have more than two applicants apply to the Studentship or Postdoctoral Fellowship program at any time. (i.e. 1 Internal Studentship + 1 internal Postdoctoral Fellowship applicant; 2 Internal Studentships applicants; or 2 Internal Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants).

Value and duration of support

Internal Studentships are tenable for one year starting September 1, 2019. The Faculty of Medicine contribution for an MSc student is $10,000 and for a PhD student is $12,000. Supervisors are expected to supplement funded applicants according to the departmental policy.

Application Instructions: Please do not scan your application form. The word document should be converted to a PDF

  • Late, incomplete or handwritten applications will not be considered.
  • No additional pages are allowed, except where specifically indicated.
  • Applicants are not to provide a separate CV.
  • Applicants must provide a copy of their complete university academic record to date, including undergraduate transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Please arrange transcripts in chronological order starting with the most recent. International transcripts must be in English or French. A CGPA calculation sheet should be included with any non-McGill transcript.
  • The application must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file
  • Only the current version of the application form will be accepted.
  • The file is to be named as follows: LastName_FirtsName_studentship.pdf (e.g. Smith_John_studentship.pdf) and sent by email to [at]

Please use [at] to submit your applications, documents and attachments.


Application Check List: Please create your final PDF according to the check list below in the order its given

  • Studentship Application Form
  • Publication List – Please attach a complete list of your most recent publications. For publications in press, attach a copy of the letter of acceptance. For publications submitted, indicate the journal name and attach a copy of the cover letter to the journal or an email from the editor indicating receipt of the manuscript.
  • All graduate and undergraduate transcripts – Unofficial transcripts are acceptable and can be obtained from the Department's Graduate Studies Coordinator or from web-base sources, such as Minerva.
  • CGPA. Calculation - Applicants who have studied outside of Quebec are required to provide their CGPA. This can be calculated using the GPA calculation spreadsheet listed in the Downloadable Forms section below. For additional information on CGPA calculation or to obtain a copy of the uApply CGPA calculation sheet, please contact your department.
  • Supervisor biosketch form -Applicant's primary supervisor must complete the Biosketch form
  • 2 Letters of support – a confidential letter of support from the supervisor and one from someone other than the applicant's current supervisor(s) must be received directly from the referees to the appropriate email address. Please note that reference letters submitted by the applicant's will not be accepted. Please make sure to arrange ahead of time with the referrees to submit the letters directly to [at]

    The following points should be covered in the letter of support:
    • Critical Thinking: Judicious evaluation of all information, regardless of its source
    • Independence: Pursuit of knowledge or taking of action on own initiative, seeking guidance only when appropriate
    • Perseverance: Determined persistence in pursuit of goals despite obstacles or discouragement
    • Originality: Imagination or ingenuity in problem solving
    • Organizational skills: Systematic, careful planning and coordination of activities
    • Interest in discover: An inquiring mind and a strong desire to pursue new knowledge
    • Communication skills: Effective interpersonal and written communication in work or study environment
    • The letters must be submitted electronically as a PDF file. The file is to be named as follows: studentLastName_studentFirstInitial_studentshipletter.pdf (e.g. Smith_J_studentship.pdf) and sent by email to [at]
  • A paper copy of the first page of the application form must be signed by the applicant, primary supervisor, secondary supervisor (if applicable) and Department Chair and submitted to our office. Please note that we require original signatures from the applicant, and the supervisor, electronic signature from the Chair will be accepted.
  • 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
    Room 637, McIntyre Medical Building
    Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria Rating for MSc Student Rating for PhD Student
Quality of Research /4 /4
Training Envt. /4 /4
Grades Prizes /6 /4
Pubs. Present. /3 /5
Letters of Support /3 /3

Once received, the applications will be reviewed by the to the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Awards Committee (PGAC).

Announcement of Results

Candidates will be informed of results by late August.

Download Forms

Application forms are in word fillable format


File msc_1-2019internalstudentshipapplication.docx

File other_categories-2019internalstudentshipapplication.docx

File new_supervisors_biosketch_2019.docx

Office spreadsheet icon gpacalc-v2.3.xls


Please contact Nishat Shabnam at 514-398-2497 or e-mail [at] if you have questions or need help with the application process.