Research Travel Funding


The Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT) are allocated by the School of Religious Studies throughout the year for graduate student travel for the purposes of research (including archival research or field work) and the dissemination of research (including conference presentations and talks).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are considered at Graduate Funding Working Group meetings. Please submit all applications before September 12 for travel in the upcoming summer. A completed application form and supporting documents (detailed in the application form) should be e-mailed to studaffairs.relg [at]

In the event that the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.

Graduate Mobility Awards

This award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad by defraying the cost of the international experience. Please note that conference travel is not eligible for this award. To apply, students are asked to complete an PDF icon application form and send supporting documents (detailed in the application form) via e-mail to studaffairs.relg [at]

After the School of Religious Studies approves your application, you will be able to move forward with receiving the award by applying to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office.

NEW! Barbara and Patrick Keenan Experience Award for Interfaith Studies

Established in 2012 by Barbara Keenan, BA 1954 and Patrick Keenan, BCom 1954, CA 1957. Awarded by the School of Religious Studies to students participating in an activity in an international setting to further their studies, allowing first-hand experience of religious cultures in a global context. The Fund provides financial assistance to students with travel and other expenses related to international activity. Students can apply for affiliation at an institution that furthers their study of religion and international encounters.

Open to students in any Faculty who have completed at least two courses in religious studies. Students must be returning to McGill the semester following the international activity.

Click this link to access the application form.

Katherine Young Travel Award for Studies in Religion and Society

Katherine Young Travel Award for Studies in Religion and Society. Established in 2018 by Katherine Young, PhD 1978, Professor in Asian Religions at McGill’s Faculty of Religious Studies between 1975 and 2011 and James McGill Professor (2001-2011). Awarded to graduate students and faculty in the School of Religious Studies to enable them to undertake research in religious studies to the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in Victoria B.C., and participate in the activities of the Centre. The award will support students at various stages of writing their thesis on religion, and those who graduated with a PhD from McGill within the past year, and faculty who are doing research related to religion. Preference will be given to those studying Asian religions. Participation subject to Centre approval. Value: Varies.

Applications should consist of a two-page statement of purpose that explains how the Travel Award would be used and an up-to-date curriculum vitae.

For more travel funding opportunities, continue to check the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

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