McGill University is truly committed to lending support to international students with their education and stay in one of the coveted countries for higher studies, Canada. For the academic year 2017-2018, McGill University offered 119M CAD in scholarships, fellowships, and bursaries. Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral program students are offered various McGill University scholarships in the form of entrance and in-course studentships.
It is one of the few universities in Canada which offers the majority of its scholarships to in-course students and not incoming students. Furthermore, 95% of entrance based McGill University Scholarships are awarded based on the application submitted for admission at McGill University.
Aside from the McGill University scholarships, international students are also eligible for government-based scholarships. This is especially for masters and doctoral students as they are majorly offered McGill in-course scholarships and no entrance scholarships.
McGill University Scholarships for Bachelor Students
To the international students entering a bachelor program at McGill, various entrance scholarship programs are offered by the university. These McGill University Scholarships range from 2,000 CAD to 10,000 CAD.
Incoming students must note that McGill Entrance scholarships are awarded purely on the basis of academic merit (except for Major Entrance scholarship where leadership skills are also considered). An applicant’s financial need is not taken into consideration.
Some significant McGill University Undergraduate Scholarships have been tabulated below:
|Scholarship Name||Benefits (in CAD)|
|One-year Entrance Scholarship||3,000|
|Major Entrance Scholarships||3,000; 5,000;10,000; 12,000|
|Dr. Soo Kim Lan Entrance Scholarship||2,000|
|MCCall Macbain Prestige Entrance Scholarship||10,000|
|Arthur and Crystal Lau Scholarships||2,000|
|McGill Faculty Major Entrance Bursaries||10,000|
|Sham Chellaram Entrance Scholarship||Varies|
To be eligible for the above listed McGill University Scholarships, you must be entering the university for the first time as a full-time student. Diploma, Mature, Transfer, Part-time, Exchange, and visiting students are not eligible.
Finalists of McGill Entrance Scholarships over 5,000 CAD will be invited for an interview session.
McGill University In-course Scholarships for Bachelor students
At the end of every academic year, each faculty awards a wide range of McGill University Scholarships to their in-course/continuing students. Selections for scholarship awards are based on
- The combined GPA for the Fall and Winter semesters
- Enrolled program’s content
- Number of credits (completion of at least 27 graded credits is a must)
Generally, a maximum of the top 10% of the students in each faculty, based on the above factors, are named to the Dean's Honour List. Few of the McGill University in-course scholarships for bachelor students are:
|Scholarship Name||Benefits (in CAD)||Faculty|
|Chandra Madramootoo Scholarship||Varies||Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science|
|CAE Scholarship in Engineering Excellence||2,000 (minimum value)||Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Department of Mechanical Engineering|
|A.S. Lamb Scholarships||Varies||Faculty of Education|
|Hope Barrington Scholarship||2,000||Faculty of Arts|
|Leslie Family Scholarship in Engineering||2,700||Faculty of Engineering|
All the McGill University in-course scholarships are given with the help of generous donations and contributions of McGill Alumni, trusts, etc.
McGill University Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Students
Graduate funding at McGill University is managed by every academic department individually. Presently, McGill University scholarships, at the masters and doctoral level, are only available in the form of the in-course scholarship program.
McGill Entrance Scholarships are NOT available for incoming graduate students. Except for McGill University International Entrance Scholarship program for incoming MBA Students.
McGill University In-course Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Students
With almost 200 McGill University scholarships for in-course scholarships, the university tries that each and every master and the doctoral student is rewarded.
To be considered McGill University in-course scholarships at the graduate level, students must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
- Enrolled in a full-time master or doctoral program at McGill University.
- Excellent academic performance
- Demonstrate financial requirement
- Submit academic progress and funding report
International students who have submitted evidence of financial capacity at the time of the Canadian student visa process will not be considered for the scholarships in their initial 12 months of the program.
Some of the McGill University in-course scholarships for Masters and Doctoral students are:
|John Bonsall Porter Scholarship||Varies||Engineering|
|Norbert Schoenauer And David Farley Fellowship In Architecture||4,000 CAD||Architecture|
|Lionel Pelham Kent Scholarship||2,500 CAD||Management|
|Lorne Trottier Engineering Graduate Fellowships||15,000 CAD||Engineering|
|Sheila Wellington BMO Financial Group Award||6,000 CAD||MBA|
The application process is similar for most of these McGill University Scholarships. To apply for the graduate in-course scholarships,
- Select financial aid tab> Apply for McGill Financial Aid> Apply for in-course aid.
- Update your financial aid profile and submit the application.
- You will be prompted to make an appointment with McGill’s Financial aid counselor.
- In the meeting, discuss your financial aid budget. In-course applications will also be reviewed.
Students are welcome to apply for in-course McGill University Scholarships any time of the academic year.
External Scholarships accepted at McGill University
It is true that compared to other universities in Canada, the number of scholarships at McGill University is less for incoming international students. However, students who are unable to receive financial aid through McGill University Scholarships can opt for external scholarship programs.
Masters and Doctoral students at McGill University are highly encouraged to explore the external scholarships offered by various foundations and the Canadian government. Few of the popular scholarships are:
|External Scholarship||Benefits||Level of Study|
|Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships||5,000 CAD per year||Doctoral|
|Ontario Graduate Scholarships||15,000 CAD||Masters and Doctoral|
|Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships||70,000 CAD per year (taxable)||doctoral|
Therefore, with high funding external scholarships and various McGill University Scholarships, international students can easily pursue their undergraduate and graduate studies at the university.
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