Funding & Awards

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Minimum Stipend

Overview: Full-time MSc-Thesis and PhD graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will receive funding to support for their living expenses, tuition and fees. A student’s funding may come from a combination of sources including, but not limited to, the supervisor’s research funds, Graduate Excellence Funds, Differential Fee Waivers, and scholarships awarded to the student. Travel and presentation awards do not contribute to the minimum funding package.

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M.Sc. students: The minimum stipend levels are outlined below:

2023-2024 MSc Student Minimum Funding and GEF Allocation

Living Allowance $21,183 $21,183 $21,183 $21,183 $21,183 $21,183
Tuition/Fees/Insurance* $5,191 $5,368 $11,361 $8,453 $22,851 $14,541
Minimum total funding $26,374 $26,551 $32,544 $29,636 $44,034 $35,724
Tuition Support from MIMM Department $0 $177 $6,170 $3,262 $17,660 $9,350
Supervisor Stipend Amount $26,374 $26,374 $26,374 $26,374 $26,374 $26,374

Ph.D. students: The minimum funding levels are outlined below:

2023-2024 PhD Student Minimum Funding and GEF Allocation

  PhD 1-4 CDN PhD 5-7 CDN PhD 1-4 INTL PhD 5-7 INTL
Living Allowance $21,183 $21,183 $21,183 $21,183
Tuition/Fees/Insurance* $5,191 $4,399 $20,811 $5,067
Minimum total funding $26,374 $25,582 $41,994 $26,250
Tuition Support from MIMM Department $0 $0 $15,620 $0
Supervisor Stipend Amount $26,374 $25,582 $26,374 $26,250

QC = Quebec; OOP = out of province Canadians/Permanent Residents, INTL = international; CDN = Canadians/ Permanent Residents.

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. 

* Tuition, fees and insurance calculated as per McGill’s fee calculator and expected to increase by 2-4% annually. MSc2 tuition calculated based on a September 2021 start date (i.e. 1 residency term and 2 additional session terms (Winter and Summer). PhD tuition and fees calculated based on a September start date. For students with January start dates, their fee schedule in PhD5 will be a hybrid of PhD4/PhD5.

For additional information about internal funding available through the University, students can also consult the Graduate Fellowships and Awards calendar.

Supplemental funding in recognition of scholarship awards:

  1. Awards <$35,000: All recipients of internal or external awards are to be provided a supplement to the total funding package that is not less than 10% the value of their award.
  2. Awards >$35,001: A minimum 10% supplement to the funding package is at the discretion of the supervisor/program. Out-of-province and international tuition/fee/insurance differentials should continue to be provided.

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.

To apply, please complete the form and send it by E-mail to the Student Affairs Administrator at grad.microimm [at]

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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.


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


Completed applications must be sent via email to grad.microimm [at] 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. Please note that only ONE award will be granted per student per year(Part 1, 2, 3).

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 Administrator via E-mail, 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 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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