Student Funding

There are many opportunities for McGill students to receive funding to support them at different points during their academic career. You will find scholarships and bursaries for future and current undergrads, graduate and post-doc students, and international students. 

There are also funding opportunities for McGill students with Disabilities, which can be found in the following categories: 

Government funding opportunities

Provincial funding opportunities

Province or Territory Department
Quebec (QC) Aide financière aux études, Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur
Ontario (ON) Ontario Student Assistance Program, Ministry of Colleges and Universities
British Columbia (BC) Student Aid BC, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
Alberta (AB) Students Finance, Advanced Education
Saskatchewan (SK) Student Financial Assistance, Advanced Education
Manitoba (MB) Manitoba Student Aid, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration
Newfoundland (NF) Student Aid Division, Education, Training, Skills Development
New Brunswick (NB) Student Financial Services, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
Nova Scotia (SC) Student Assistance Office, Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Prince Edward Island (PE) Student Financial Services, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Yukon (YT) Student Financial Assistance, Department of Education
Northwest Territories (NT) Student Financial Assistance Program, Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Nunavut (NU) Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students, Department of Education

Federal funding opportunities

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit available for persons with disabilities, their supporting family members, and their care givers.

The Severe Permanent Disability Benefit (SPDB) is a benefit that may allow you to cancel your student loans if your disability prevents you from participating in post-secondary studies and the labour force for the rest of your life.

If you have any questions regarding your disability-related government funding or overall government funding, please visit the Government Aid page of the Scholarship and Student Aid Office.

McGill funding opportunities

  • The Meribah Aikens Bursary;
  • The Martha Jane Poulson Memorial Scholarship;
  • The G. Allen Ross Bursary;
  • The Cohen and Manton Bursary.

For specific information regarding these awards, please consult the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards calendar and search the specific name of the award as written above.

All of these awards are need-based. Commencing August 1st of any academic year, as the need arises, student can apply for financial aid through the In-Course financial aid application on Minerva: select the Financial Aid/Awards tab > Financial Aid Menu > Apply for a McGill Entrance Bursary > Apply to Entrance Bursary Program > Complete then submit your application.

To be eligible for awards for students with disabilities, you will need to disclose your disability. You do so by adding a comment about your disability in the ‘comments section’ on the app and/or checking the box declaring a permanent disability.

External funding opportunities

Scholarship Award Amount Eligibility Deadline
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program Variable number of awards for $7000 Open eligibility (not disability specific) Annual - February deadline
UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Variable number for up to $5000, two awards for $10000  Students with epilepsy; family and caregivers Annual - March deadline
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Scholarship Three awards for $1000 Students who are hard of hearing, deafened, or oral deaf Annual – April deadline
Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship Variable number of awards for $1000 Students with mental health conditions Annual – April deadline
Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship and Bursary Variable number of awards for $5000 Students with hemophilia (factor VIII or IX) or another inherited bleeding disorder; carriers and those who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion Annual – April deadline
NEADS National Student Awards Program Variable number of awards for variable amounts Open to all disability categories Annual – May deadline
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada Variable number of awards for up to $1000 Students with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus (must be a member of SBHAC) Annual – May deadline
CNIB Post-Secondary Scholarships Variable number of awards for variable amounts Students who are blind or partially sighted (undergraduate and graduate studies) Annual – spring deadline
CNIB Master's Scholarships Variable number of awards for variable amounts Students who are blind or partially sighted(Master’s programs) Annual – spring deadline
Bank of Canada Scholarship and Work Placement Program Variable number of awards for $4000 Open to all disability categories Annual – August deadline
Lime Connect Scholarships (BMO) Variable number of awards for $5000 Open to all disability categories Variable deadlines
Copnick/Hilliard Scholarship Variable number of awards for variable amounts Students with spinal cord injuries Annual – October deadline
William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship Two awards for $1000 Students who are legally blind. Awarded every other year (even years)
AbbVie IBD Scholarship Ten awards for $5000 Students with Crohn's disease and/or ulcerative colitis Annual – June deadline
The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Scholarship Two awards for $5000 Open elegibility (not disability specific) Annual – April deadline
Mattinson Endowment Fund Scholarship for Disabled Students Four awards for $2000 Open to all disability categories Annual – June deadline
UCBeyond Scholarship Program Variable number of awards for up to $5000 Students with inflammatory arthritis Annual – May deadline
Childhood Cancer Canada Survivor Scholarship One award for $5000, one award for $1500 Students who are survivors of childhood cancer Annual – April deadline

Scholarship databases

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