Graduate Mobility Award

Graduate Mobility Awards logoThe Graduate Mobility Award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program by defraying part of the cost of the international experience. The award, funded by the Government of Quebec, is available to all full-time thesis students enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill who have been approved by their academic unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity. The mobility award is meant to contribute towards the completion of the student’s thesis or research project. A limited number of Awards are available each year on a competitive basis.


  • Up to 1,500 per month (prorated), up to 8 months.
  • Students' activities abroad funded by this Mobility program cannot exceed 8 months per degree. The 8 months can be used in one activity, or by combining several travel activities.


  • Please submit your completed and signed application form plus supporting documents to [at] at least one week prior to submitting online to GPS. The Music Graduate Studies Office will obtain the signature of the Associate Dean and return to you for submission to GPS.
  • GPS accepts applications on a rolling basis until July 15, 2023 for travel starting by August 31, 2023. Note that there is an additional blackout period between April 15, 2023 - May 15, 2023.
  • Applications for travel that has already happened will not be considered

Before Preparing your Application


The student:

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill
  • Must be registered as a full-time graduate degree student at the time of travel (status accepted: Full Time, Additional Session, Continuing)
  • Must have completed one full-time term at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date
  • Must be approved by their Academic Unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity abroad
  • Must have completed the Pre-departure Orientation Session within one year of departure date
  • Must be participating in one or more of the following mobility activities, depending on the Faculty/Academic Unit:
    • Archival research
    • Bilateral exchange/research partnership
    • Fieldwork
    • Research stay
    • Workshop/training
  • The activity must take place outside of the province of Quebec
  • The activity must not have started at the time of application
  • Student's activities abroad funded by this Mobility program cannot exceed 8 months per degree (the 8 months can be used in one single trip, or accumulated over several trips)
  • Conference travel is NOT eligible

How to Apply

  1. Sign up and complete the Pre-departure Orientation Session (offered online)
  2. Complete the GMA application form
  3. Obtain approval and signatures from your Supervisor and Associate Dean (GPD) – See Deadline section.
  4. Your Supervisor submits their letter of support to the Faculty Associate Dean's Office ( [at] by email, cc'ing GPS (fundingapplications.gps [at] If the supervisor is comfortable, the letter can also be attached to your application form.
  5. Complete the Travel Registry
  6. Complete the online application form to submit the signed GMA application form and other supporting documents to GPS

Graduate Mobility Award recipients are required to complete a short survey and provide proof of travel (i.e. boarding pass, not airfare tickets) within one month of their return. Students who fail to complete this step will see their award withdrawn. Proof of travel can be submitted though this form: GMA Proof of Travel submission

All changes in travel plans must be reported to the academic unit and GPS immediately. Failure to report changes may result in the withdrawal of the award.



Please contact [at] mcgill.cafor more information.

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