Fellowships and Awards

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.

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.

Intern Perseverance and Success Scholarship

The Intern Perseverance and Success Scholarship for Various Programs in Education, Health and Social Services, offered by the Quebec Ministry of Education is intended to encourage students to persevere in and successfully complete their studies. Students enrolled in a Master in Communication Sciences and Disorders – Speech-Language Pathology program are eligible to apply for this scholarship for support during their final internship. More information can be found on the Ministry's webpage.


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 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:



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


To apply:
o Complete the PhD application by the deadline;  details at:  https://www.mcgill.ca/scsd/
o Note: an important part of the application process is identifying a research supervisor; further information can be found at: 
" https://www.mcgill.ca/scsd/programs/rt/employment/themes
" https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/research-supervision/connecting-sup...
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.

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