Enriched Educational Opportunities: need-based bursary

The Scholarship and Student Aid Office (SSAO) offers financial-need based bursaries in support of Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs) endorsed by the Faculty. Students will be required to obtain an endorsement letter from the Faculty before applying for EEOs.

What are EEOs?

  • EEOs are high-quality off-campus mobility or other experiential opportunities which are officially recognized by the Faculty. These activities are deemed to foster self-development and help students transition successfully to the workplace or graduate studies.
  • At the Schulich School of Music (SSoM), we endorse non-credit experiential learning activities for EEO purpose.
  • Completed EEO activities will be added to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Who are eligible to apply for EEOs endorsed by SSoM?

  • You must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) or Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) program.
  • You must be full-time or deemed full-time (per government aid programs, due to disability or with young dependent children) in your EEO term, or the term preceding the EEO term of activity.
  • You must demonstrate financial-need, e.g. a recipient of government student aid.
  • If you are seeking EEO in support of a summer activity, you must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Be registered in at least one course for the Summer session
    • No summer registration BUT registered in the preceding Winter session AND be registered for the upcoming Fall session in the same degree/program

What are some of the typical EEO activities SSoM will endorse?

Note: Conferences and one-on-one practical instruction is not deem eligible for EEOs.

  • Participation in international competitions
  • Participation in recognized festivals and academies, workshops, composition and research.
    • Participation in recognized unpaid internships
    • Other projects of demonstrable benefit to your education and professional development.

How to Apply

  • You must obtain a letter of endorsement from SSoM in support of the EEO application.
  • In order to obtain a letter of endorsement from SSoM, submit a Request for EEO endorsement letter.
  • You may only submit one Request for EEO endorsement letter for one activity per semester.
  • Once you have the letter of endorsement, you can request an EEO Bursary through the normal In-Course Financial Aid process.
  • Follow the rest of the application procedure for In-Course Financial Aid here, including the EEO Budget Form which is to be submitted to the Scholarship and Student Aid Office with your In-Course Financial Aid application.

Application Period – EEO endorsement letter

EEO activities

Application Period

Summer: May 1 – August 31

April 15 – May 15

Fall: September 1 – December 31

July 15 – August 15

Winter: January 1 – April 30

November 15 – December 15

You will receive a decision on your request within five (5) business days from the application deadline.

If approved, you will receive a letter of endorsement from Music Student Awards which you may present to the Scholarship and Student Aid Office when you apply for the EEO Bursary.


In the event you have been approved an EEO Bursary for an activity that will take place outside the greater region of Montreal, you will also be required to submit a Travel Registry in advance of your departure to attend the EEO-approved activity. The Travel Registry is an app that allows McGill to keep record of your travel plans endorsed by the Faculty so we can reach out to you in case of crisis in the destination you will be visiting.


More questions on EEOs? Email: studentawards.music [at] mcgill.ca

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