Enriched Educational Opportunities

Due to concerns for covid-19 transmission and evolving international travel restrictions, the deadline to apply for all travel awards and scholarships has been postponed until further notice.


The Schulich School of Music offers financial support for undergraduate students to pursue EEOs. EEOs are learning opportunities outside the classroom that will enhance your educational experience.  They often involve national or international travel. Schulich EEOs are restricted to non-credit learning activities.

Completed EEO projects can be added to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Application deadlines

If a deadline falls on a weekend, you can apply through to the following Monday at 4:00pm.

  • April 1: For projects to be carried out between May 15th and September 14th
  • June 1: For projects to be carried out between September 15th and January 14th
  • December 1: For projects to be carried out between January 15th and May 14th

Decisions will be announced within three weeks of each deadline.

Applicants may:

  • submit only one application per activity period.
  • receive funding for only one EEO activity each academic year.
    Note: An academic year runs from early September and ends in late August

Application process

  • Apply online and include the following information:
    • Project description (PDF) Letter of invitation or acceptance if relevant (PDF)
    • Budget (fill out directly on form)
    • Letter of support from a faculty member (PDF)

An incomplete application will be cancelled. To be reconsidered, you will have to submit a new application along with the required documents by the application deadline.

You may submit an EEO application while waiting for a host organization to accept your request to participate in a program/event. If your EEO request is approved before receiving a confirmation from the host organization, you may still receive your award. However, we strongly advise you not to spend the awarded funds until you receive confirmation that you can participate in the activity for which you have applied.

Once you have completed the approved EEO activity, you must submit the following to studentawards.music [at] mcgill.ca (Music Student Awards) within 2 months following the end of your activity:

  • A short report (around 300 words) on the program and its value to you
  • Proof of attendance/completion of project. Items of proof such as a boarding pass (for travel) and registration record (e.g. conference badge), program pamphlet with your name printed, email or letter acknowledging your participation, etc. will be considered.

You will be required to refund McGill University the full amount of the EEO award if you fail to provide proof of activity completion.

Amount and disbursement of funds

EEO funding amounts vary and are unlikely to cover the full cost of your project. Funding will not normally exceed $1000.

  • Funding for airfare is usually limited to $500 for continental travel or $800 for intercontinental travel.
  • Your award should get released to your personal bank account before the start date of your project.
  • You must ensure that your personal bank account information and mailing address are up to date on Minerva. Otherwise, the EEO award will not be disbursed.
  • When preparing the budget for your application, you should consider the degree to which the feasibility of your project is dependent on receiving EEO award.


To be considered for the EEO award, you must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in a B.Mus., B.Mus./B.Ed. or L.Mus. program at McGill University for the semester during which the EEO activity takes place. The EEO fund will not be disbursed if you are not registered.
  • The EEO fund will be rescinded if you are not registered full-time after the add/drop deadline.
  • For Summer EEO award eligibility, you must fall into one of the following categories:
    • 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
    • Have graduated in the preceding Winter session

Eligible EEO projects include:

  • Travel to international competitions
  • Participation in recognized festivals and academies, workshops, and conferences in music performance, composition and research
  • Travel to professional and academic conferences
  • Research travel for special projects
  • Travel for recognized unpaid internships
  • Other projects of demonstrable benefit to your education and professional development

You might also be eligible for need-based EEO financial aid. This is offered through McGill's Student Aid Office.

Selection criteria

Applications are reviewed by the Associate Dean (Academic and Student Affairs) in consultation with the relevant Department Chairs (Performance and Music Research). Selection criteria includes:

  • Completeness of the application
  • Eligibility
  • Academic standing
  • Quality of the project
  • Availability of funds
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