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Schull Yang International Experience Awards

Logo. Schull Yang International Experience Awards.

Schull Yang International Experience Awards, supported by Joseph Schull (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang (BCL, LLB ’88), help undergraduate and graduate students gain first hand international experience related to their fields of study. The award provides full or partial funding to assist students with tuition, travel, and other expenses related to their international experience. Schull Yang International Experience Awards are part of the McGill International Experience Awards.

In the Faculty of Science, Schull Yang International Experience Awards support Science students (B.Sc. or B.A. & Sc.) with full-time international summer undergraduate research experiences. Normally these must take place abroad; however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a different program will be offered this year.

Highlights for Summer 2021:

  • Students must apply with a remote project as "Plan A." (Including a "Plan B" is optional.) "Plan A" must not require travel or any in-person activities.
  • Your experience must be international in one or more significant way(s) that you must describe, other than travel.
  • Award values will continue to reflect duration, but not estimated (travel) costs; target value is $7000, if for 16 weeks.
  • Canadian supervisors are also permitted this year, including McGill professors.
  • Normally this award gives priority to returning undergraduate students, but since the award was cancelled last year:
    • Students who are graduating in June/July or October/November 2021 are also eligible this year, but must apply with a McGill professor as either their primary supervisor or as a co-supervisor. In other words, if you are graduating, and your proposed supervisor is from outside McGill, you also need a McGill co-supervisor. (Co-supervisor expectations are described on the application form.)
    • The McGill professor and his/her department must agree to register you as an undergraduate research trainee.
    • Please contact victor.chisholm [at] mcgill.ca (Victor Chisholm) if you have any questions or concerns about the requirements for graduating students.

The Faculty of Science normally gives preference to: students who have completed at least 9 credits at the 300 level or higher; projects of 12-16 weeks; projects in countries where the student has not lived before.

The Faculty of Science invites applications from all eligible candidates, and especially those who are members of underrepresented groups, including Women, Persons with Disabilities, Indigenous People, Racialized people/Visible Minorities, and LGBTT2SQ* People (sexual orientation and/or gender identity minorities).


How can you apply in 2021?

  1. Think about what kind (remote) summer research you could have, that would be international in a significant way, and that would be a transformative experience for you.
    • As part of the application, you must describe how the (remote) experience would be international, since you cannot be expected to travel internationally at present. International is key to this award, but travel is not foreseable at present, so here are some suggestions: international supervisor, international collaboration, international mentorship, the scope of the project, and/or other elements of the experience. This should be more than simply a topic of international significance.
    • The application form will ask you to tell us about yourself! There are many ways and reasons to seek an international experience: which are yours? Why this project? Why this destination or host institution? How does it connect your past experiences with your future plans? How would your international experience impact your community and field of study? What is your community involvement?
  2. Choose your host institution! Maybe your future interests involve a graduate program of study not offered at McGill, and you want to experience that institution's academic life! Or perhaps, for your particular scholarly interest, the top researchers are located outside Canada. Maybe you have always wanted to discover some other particular country. Note that we will also consider placements hosted at institutions that are comparable to universities (such as certain research institutes or teaching hospitals).
    • Exceptionally for 2021, supervisors at Canadian universities, including McGill, will also be eligible, unlike normal years when the project must be based at an institution abroad. We may give preference as follows: first to supervisors from international universities/research institutes, then to the McGill Faculty of Science, then to other McGill Faculties, and finally to supervisors from other Canadian universities.
  3. Find a professor who wants you to join her or his research group. Some students make connections with professors directly, on their own; much of the advice for getting involved in research at McGill will also apply. Sometimes McGill professors connect students to their research collaborators abroad. You might make a connection through an external program organised by another university, funding agency, or scholarly society.
  4. Agree upon a research project. What is the proposed project? What will you actually be doing? How will supervision work? Your supervisor will often help you with this part.
    • For 2021, you must apply with a remotely-undertaken full-time summer undergraduate research projects, instead of this award's usual requirement to travel abroad. This remote project must be your "Plan A", and you must be willing and able to pursue it without further travel and without in-person activities. You may also submit an optional "Plan B" for in-person activities and/or international travel, but the ability to pursue this will be subject to strict conditions. The application form will provide more details about "Plan A" and "Plan B".
  5. Confirm project duration (intended start and end dates) with your research supervisor. 16 weeks maximum; 12-16 weeks preferred; under 10 weeks requires explanation.
    • The value of the award will be based on project duration, but will not also involve an estimate of costs this year, since students will not incur travel expenses for remote projects.
    • The target value will be $7000. The actual value will depend on budget availability. Awards may be pro-rated for projects shorter than 16 weeks.
    • The award is paid by the generosity of Schull Yang funds. McGill supervisors are encouraged but not required to provide a small top-up, if their budgets permit.
  6. Review the application form and apply online! The form provides more information about eligibility. The deadline to apply online with guaranteed consideration is March 25, 2021, 5:00pm, Montreal time. Subject to availability of funding, applications received after this deadline may be evaluated (on a rolling basis).

What might this award program look like in the future?

When international travel becomes feasible again, the new program might look more like the old program. Here is the former program description.

  1. Choose your destination: a university abroad! Maybe your future interests involve a graduate program of study not offered at McGill, and you want to try out academic life there! Or perhaps, for your particular scholarly interest, the top researchers are located outside Canada. Maybe you have always wanted to explore some other particular country. Note that we will also consider placements at institutions that are comparable to universities (such as certain research institutes or teaching hospitals).
  2. Find a professor at a foreign university who wants you to join her or his research group. Some students make connections with professors directly, on their own; much of the advice for getting involved in research at McGill will also apply. Sometimes McGill professors connect students to their research collaborators abroad. You might make a connection through an external program organised by another university, funding agency, or scholarly society.
  3. Agree upon a research project. What is the proposed project? What will you actually be doing? Your supervisor will often help you with this part.
  4. Budget your trip. The application form provides some suggestions of what to think about. Awards often range from $4000-6000 depending on destination and duration.
  5. Tell us about yourself, and why you want to go! There are many ways and reasons to go abroad: which are yours? Why this project at this destination? How does it connect your past experiences with your future plans?
  6. Review the application form and apply online! The form provides more information about eligibility. The deadline to apply with guaranteed consideration is .... Subject to availability of funding, applications received after this deadline may be evaluated (on a rolling basis).

Questions?

Please contact victor.chisholm [at] mcgill.ca (Victor Chisholm) (Student Affairs Administrator, Tel.: 514-398-5964) if you have any questions.

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