Graduate Student Funding Policy

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Given the unique nature of the graduate programs offered at the School of Population and Global Health, we developed a funding policy for students enrolled in our graduate programs.

MSc (Thesis) students 

The financial resources of the School do not permit guaranteed minimum financing.  Funding support for MSc-Thesis students, however, is often available when the topic of research corresponds with the funded research of a faculty member. The School recommends that this type of funding support meet, where possible, a minimum threshold. The recommended minimum threshold is currently $22,500. This amount applies to Quebec residents, Canadian citizens/permanent residents, and international students. The School actively supports students to secure other funding sources, including scholarships and paid work such as research or teaching assistantships. McGill’s Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies has a comprehensive page of funding opportunities for master’s students at https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/opportunities/masters.

MSc (Non-Thesis) students   

The financial resources of the School do not permit guaranteed minimum financing. The School actively supports students to secure funding including scholarships and paid work such as research or teaching assistantships. McGill’s Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies has a comprehensive page of funding opportunities for master’s students at https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/opportunities/masters.

MScPH students   

The financial resources of the School do not permit guaranteed minimum financing. MScPH students are eligible for some of the fellowships listed on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for Master’s non-thesis students. MSc students can also apply for practicum-related funding, such as the Global Mobility Award offered through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Global Health Programs likewise offers a travel award called the Global Health Scholars for Graduates, for students going abroad to do a practicum in a Lower Middle Income Country. In addition to internal funding, there are external funding opportunities such as MITACS to help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. Students are expected to apply for any funding for which they are eligible.

Ph.D. students

The School aims to ensure excellent doctoral students can pursue higher education in its Ph.D. programs. For this purpose, the SPGH provides a guaranteed minimum funding threshold as indicated in the table below to support doctoral studies. 

Minimum total funding

Canadians/Permanent Residents, Years 1-4

International students, Years 1-4

Academic Year 2022-2023

$26,500

$27,500*

Academic Year 2023-2024 $27,215 $27,725*

*The SPGH has a limited number of Differential Fee Waivers available.  These Waivers, which offset the difference in tuition between international and Canadian citizens/permanent residents, are provided to students (in addition to the funding listed above) as available.

Doctoral students are required to seek funding to support themselves during their studies through McGill and external academic sources, such as scholarships, awards, stipends, and teaching and research assistantships. Student awards, funding, and employment opportunities are posted on the SGPH website: https://www.mcgill.ca/epi-biostat-occh/student-affairs/financial-resources

To maintain eligibility for minimum funding, Ph.D. students must: 

  • Be studying full-time, as defined by McGill Graduate Student policies. 
  • Be in academic years 1-4 of the Ph.D. program; 
  • Maintain good academic standing according to EBOH annual progress assessment;
  • Apply for external awards for which they are eligible; 
  • Complete the Funding Declaration. 

Sources of Funding 

Every student’s funding situation may look different because the minimum funding threshold is derived from many sources and may include (but is not limited to) any one or combination of the following: 

  • External competitive awards (e.g., CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, FRQ, or any other major grants/scholarships/fellowships) 
  • McGill, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, or Department awards
  • Research institute scholarships 
  • Research or Training Stipend (T4A income) 
  • Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant income (T4 income) 

The funding sources may vary from year to year throughout the student’s progress through the program.The School will review this policy on an annual basis and update it accordingly.

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