Financial Support

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Minimum Stipend

M.Sc. students: The minimum yearly stipend is $20,000/year from the supervisor. 

Ph.D. students: The minimum yearly stipend is $20,000/year from the supervisor.

A higher contribution to the stipend can be provided by the supervisor considering the excellence/potential of the newly recruited student or the progress of the student into the graduate program. 

For information regarding McGill tuition and associated fees, visit Student Accounts. You may also consult this link to help you calculate your expenses.

Stipend during Thesis writing:

It is recommended that the minimum yearly stipend is provided until the initial thesis submission given that students are still active in the lab.


Departmental Fellowships

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology receives an allocation from the Faculty of Medicine for Graduate Excellence Fellowships (GEFs). The MIMM Department also receives endowments bequeathed to McGill University by the late Dr. Francis Charles Harrison (1870-1952) and the late Dr. Jacob Rozanis.  Dr. Rozanis received his Ph.D. at McGill in 1967.  These funds are to be used for graduate student fellowships.

Departmental fellowships are top-ups and cannot be used to decrease the minimum contribution from the supervisor to the stipend. They are given in full to the student.

Students will receive the award remuneration in one installment. The amount of the award will be paid via direct deposit into the student’s bank account. Students starting the program in the Winter or Summer terms will only receive the award in the following Fall term.

Recruitment Fellowships

Recruitment fellowships are offered to Quebec M.Sc. students and to Canadian Ph.D. students.
The yearly fellowship is $2,000/year for the first two years for Quebec M.Sc. students (out-of- province and international students are not eligible).
The yearly fellowship is $4,000/year for the first three years for Canadian Ph.D. students (international students are not eligible).

Students with external funding equal to or higher than the minimum yearly funding package are not eligible to receive this award.

The minimum yearly package for M.Sc. students is $22,000.

Stipend from supervisor ($20,000) Recruitment fellowship ($2,000) = $22,000/year

The minimum yearly package for Ph.D. students is $24,000.

Stipend from supervisor ($20,000) +  Recruitment fellowship ($4,000) $24,000/year

Students with external funding that does not cover the minimum contribution of the supervisor are eligible to receive this award.  For example:

A M.Sc. student receiving $17,500 in external funding would be eligible to receive a recruitment award of $2,000. The supervisor would contribute $2,500.
A Ph.D. student receiving $12,000 in external funding would be eligible to receive a recruitment award of $4,000. The supervisor would contribute $8,000.
A Ph.D. student receiving $20,000 in external funding would be eligible to receive a recruitment award of $4,000.

MIMM M.Sc. students fast-tracking to the Ph.D. program are eligible for this award.

  Quebec Out-of-Province
M.Sc. 1 $2,000 N/A
M.Sc. 2 $2,000 N/A
Ph.D. First 3 Years $4,000 $4,000

 

Tuition Assistance Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded to out-of-province M.Sc. students and to international M.Sc. and Ph.D. students to help compensate for their higher tuition fees. These awards are offered for the first 2 years of the M.Sc. program and for the first 3 years of the Ph.D. program. No application is needed.

  • International students funded by their country are not eligible for tuition assistance fellowships.
  • Students with an international fee exemption are not eligible for tuition assistance fellowships.
  • Students will receive the award remuneration in one installment. The amount of the award will be paid via direct deposit into the student’s bank account. Students starting the program in the Winter or Summer terms will only receive the award in the following Fall term.
  • MIMM M.Sc. students fast-tracking to the Ph.D. program are eligible for this award.
  Out-of-Province International
M.Sc. 1 $3,500 $7,000
M.Sc. 2 $2,000 $3,500
P.h.D. First 3 Years   $6,000

 

Merit Fellowships

Merit Fellowships are available to Ph.D. 5 and Ph.D. 6 students registered full-time for the coming academic year. The number and amount of the fellowships will depend on the amount of funds available. 

Eligibility & Evaluation

  • Only for Ph.D. 5 and Ph.D. 6 students registered full-time for the coming academic year.
  • Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of:
    Demonstrated aptitude for research
    Academic achievement

Deadline

Completed applications must be sent via email to grad.microimm [at] mcgill.ca by the second Friday of September. 

MIMM Merit Fellowship Application

 

  Departmental Awards

The GREAT and WARES Travel Award

The GREAT and WARES Travel Award is open to graduate students to attend conferences and scholarly meetings.

To apply:

Fill out the PDF icon application form. A completed form that is signed by the supervisor must be submitted to the Student Affairs Officer, room 511 before the deadlines specified below.

Application deadlines:

  • August 1st for conference/scholarly meetings held between September 1st with a conference end date no later than December 31st. Expense report deadline: January 7th (PART 1)
  • December 1st for conference/scholarly meetings held between January 1st with a conference end date no later than April 30th. Expense report deadline: May 7th (PART 2)
  • April 1st for conference/scholarly meetings held between May 1st with a conference end date no later than August 31st. Expense report deadline: September 7th (PART 3)

Complete PDF icon the GREAT and WARES Travel Expense Report to account for your travel expenses once you have used your GREAT and WARES award to attend a conference.

The Departmental Gala Award

The department organizes an annual Gala to recognize the graduating class, and to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements from the past year of our faculty, trainees, graduate students and staff.  Graduate students are awarded multiple awards at the Gala to recognize the top M.Sc. & Ph.D. students for their outstanding Academic Achievement and contribution to scholar activities within the Department. Other awards are given as well to commemorate graduate students who have contributed to the overall McGill social atmosphere through extracurricular participation, student involvement, and to their athletic contributions. There is no application process for these awards. Awardees are nominated by the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Students Association (MIGSA).

The Graduate Research Day Awards

The department of Microbiology and Immunology organizes an annual Graduate Student Research Day. This is a great opportunity for all graduate students both M.Sc. & Ph.D. to participate and to present their research in an oral and poster presentations. Awards’ amounts for the best presentations and posters range between $200 to $250 each. Notices regarding the deadline to submit abstracts are posted on the departmental website and are circulated by email to all graduate students.

The Wilfred Yaphe Awards

The Award is established in the memory of Dr. Wilfred Yaphe, Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University from 1966 until his untimely death in May 1986.  The amount of these awards range from $250.00 to $450.00 and will be granted each year, upon recommendation of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, to two M.Sc. students and two Ph.D. students in the department who received the highest grade in the Final Graduate Student Seminar.

McGill Graduate Fellowships

Internal Studentships are open to highly qualified Faculty of Medicine graduate students who are registered full-time in a research training program leading to an M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree. For more information, click here.


Faculty of Medicine Funding Opportunities

There are a number of Web and reference sources available here.


External Funding

All prospective students, both Canadian and International are encouraged to apply for external funding. This includes fellowships and awards allocated by government departments and agencies, and foundations. Graduate students in our program can often apply for scholarships to external agencies, such as NSERCCIHR, or Vanier. For more information visit Funding opportunities or the Graduate External Funding Calendar.


Teaching Assistantships

Graduate students can apply for Teaching Assistant positions. These positions are posted twice a year (in March and October) on the CAPS website. To read about the procedure and the application process, visit Teaching Assistants.

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