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Schull Yang International Experience Awards

The information below pertains to Summer 2022. We are in the process of updating this page. For Summer 2023, we expect to favour projects that feature international travel and in-person activities, with a backup plan for remote work; fully remote projects are expected to receive low priority. You may consult last year's application form for reference, but please do not submit an application until the 2023 form is available, which will reflect this year's program. To be notified when the 2023 competition is launched, please victor.chisholm [at] (email Victor Chisholm) from your McGill email account.

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.

Highlights for Summer 2022:

  • We hope that some international travel may be feasible. We recognize that the Covid-19 pandemic is not over, that risk levels vary by country and change over time, and that different students face different realities.
  • We  encourage applications that involve international travel, but these must include a viable alternative plan (fully remote) in case travel is not possible or feasible, as well as risk mitigation plans.
  • We will also accept proposals for partially remote projects, or fully remote projects without international travel. All Schull Yang International Experience projects must be high-quality and meaningful experiences.
  • Subject to the epidemiological and legal framework, we may give preference to applications that involve travel (plus a fully remote backup plan).
  • The target value is $7000. Actual award values may vary according to duration and available funding.

Key points about eligibility and selection criteria: The Faculty of Science normally gives preference to: returning undergraduate students; 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. This list is not complete. Please refer to the application form for more details.

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 2022?

  1. 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).
    • Supervisors at Canadian universities, including McGill, are eligible. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 write this part.
  4. 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.
    • We will ask you what you hope to gain from of your proposed project.
    • As part of the application, you must describe how your experience would be international. International is key to this award, so here are some suggestions: international supervisor, international collaboration, international mentorship, the scope of the project, and/or other elements of the experience. Your experience must address the international element; it is not enough simply to choose a research topic of international significance. Strong applications will demonstrate the international element in all versions of the project (fully-remote and/or with-travel).
    • 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?
  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 (potentially) 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. Supervisors are encouraged but not required to provide a small top-up, if their budgets permit.
  6. Review the application form!
    • Applications are now closed for Schull Yang International Experience Awards in Summer 2022.
    • You may consult the application form if you are thinking of applying in 2023; the form provides more information about eligibility, expectations, and requirements.
    • Please do not submit an application until the 2023 application is available.


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

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