For M.Sc. Applied Students:
S-LP Student Bursary Program - Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project
The purpose of the Speech-Language Pathology Student Bursary is to address the need for S-LP practitioners with English and French language skills in the province of Quebec by supporting students pursuing studies in that field. It is intended for students already registered in the Applied Masters M.Sc. (A) Program at McGill University's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students must commit to working in the province of Quebec for one year following completion of their studies.
Created by the McGill University Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project , the S-LP Student Bursary provides financial support, typically in the amount of $10,000/year, to students with English and French language skills pursuing full-time graduate studies in the Applied Masters Professional Program (M.Sc. (A)). For each bursary awarded, recipients must commit to staying in the province of Quebec following the successful completion of their studies to work for a minimum of one year in a public health and social service institution or related organization. The SLP Student Bursary is part of the Retention Program as described in the 2014-2018 Prospectus which can be found on the TRHP Project website.
The SLP Student Bursary is designed to respond to priorities for access to services in English as identified by English community networks in collaboration with public partners . Priority will be given to community-involved students who have the appropriate English and French language skills to provide services in Quebec institutions. The SLP Student Bursary is administered by the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
For Research Students:
Graduate Fellowships from the National and Quebec Research Councils
Students who have an excellent academic record and who propose to undertake M.Sc., Ph.D., or postdoctoral training under the supervision of an SCSD faculty member may be eligible for competitive fellowships offered by Canadian or Quebec research funding councils. Most of the deadlines for these competitions fall during the fall semester prior to entering a graduate program, so it pays to plan ahead! McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website provides a detailed summary of Graduate Student funding opportunities and deadlines.
Students who are successful in obtaining their own research funding can have many advantages; it may be easier for these students to secure a research supervisor and these awards help students progress through their program in a timely manner and to attract additional types of competitive awards and funding as their career progresses.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply to one of the three national research councils, depending on the focus of the research they intend to conduct in the SCSD:
- if the main research focus is health-related, most apply to the Canadian Institutes for Health Research;
- if the main research focus is to understand (neuro)psychological processes underlying human communication, most apply to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council;
- if the main research focus is language or the role of social processes/factors in human communication, consider applying to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
If you are resident of Quebec:
Residents of Quebec, and in some cases International students who are already residing temporarily in Quebec, may be eligible for other sources of funding or "training awards" from:
- the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) - health-related research, including a program for prospective research students who hold a health professions license;
- the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) - social sciences research
McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowships & Recruitment awards
Graduate recruitment fellowships are available each year to students with outstanding research potential entering our PhD program. All applicants who apply by the January 15th deadline and who are offered admission to the PhD program will be automatically considered for departmental support, although funds are limited.
Canadian and International students may be considered for a multi-year award of:
- $20K per year (for 3 years) for Canadian students
- $30K per year (for 3 years) for International students
o Complete the PhD application by the deadline; details at: https://mcgill.ca/scsd/
o Note: an important part of the application process is identifying a research supervisor; further information can be found at:
o Send a letter stating your interest in applying for the SCSD doctoral fellowship to Linda Polka, linda.polka [at] mcgill.ca (subject: SCSD%20Recruitment%20Doctoral%20Fellowship) (Graduate Program Director).
Besner Award for the Study of Human Communication Neuroscience
This award supports research that advances knowledge of the relationship between language, communication, and the human brain, through studies focused on adults with acquired language impairments (e.g., neurovascular or neurodegenerative disorders). Projects that use neuroimaging to understand the neuro-cognitive basis of human communication and language are also admissible.
The Besner Award will be given annually to a Ph.D. student registered in McGill's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders who is conducting research on human communication neuroscience, broadly construed. The term of the award is one year (with possibility of renewal). The Besner award will be offered on a preferential basis to a promising new student who has been accepted to work in the designated research area.
The Richard and Edith Strauss Clinical Fellowship in Communication Sciences and Disorders (not offered until 2020)
Every two years, McGill's School of Communication Sciences & Disorders seeks applicants from postdoctoral candidates who are clinician-scientists who wish to be considered for a prestigious fellowship to undertake research in the field of human communication and disorders.
- Clinical credentials in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology or a related field.
- Any citizenship
- Commitment to a engage in research activities
The award value is $35,000 and may be renewed for a second year. A $2500 allowance for research-related expenses (e.g. conference travel) is also included.
The clinical professional will develop and implement a research project in collaboration with one or more faculty within the School. This is an opportunity to pursue research activities that lead to advances in clinical practice or training or provide new findings that can form the basis for a grant proposal to launch an ongoing clinical research project.
Applicants are encouraged to work with SCSD faculty in developing a brief (2 page) proposal that includes the following:
- Relevant background
- Specific aims, i.e. research question or hypothesis
- Brief description of methodology
- Comment on feasibility of the project – including possible difficulties
- Expected outcomes (wrt knowledge gained and/or training involved)
- SCSD faculty who will be involved
- Comments on the specific roles of the applicant and any SCSD faculty who will be involved
To apply, please submit a CV and along with your project proposal, and the names and contact information for 2 referees, to the linda.polka [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Strauss%20Clinical%20Fellowship) (Graduate Program Director).