McGill University Scholarships and Awards for International (and Canadian) Postgraduate Students

McGill University Biology Scholarships

The McGill University Graduate Department of Biology, Canada, offers a range of 'Awards and Scholarships' to both domestic Canadian and International students at masters, PhD, postdoctoral levels.

Awards & Scholarships include: External awards, McGill awards, Travel awards AND Dissertation Year Subsidy. Most of the External awards are open to Canadians/Landed Immigrants only. However, financial aid for international scholars/students are available under the other types.

Scholarship awards benefit both students and supervisors (who can thereby allocate more money for research expenses), therefore prospective and current McGill graduate students are expected to apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

The Graduate Department of Biology at McGill University, Canada, offers a range of 'Awards and Scholarships' in Biology and related fields to both domestic Canadian and International students at masters, PhD, postdoctoral levels.

McGill University Awards (McGILL Awards)

  • Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowships
    Open to incoming graduate students at the Master's, Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels. Application is by invitation only. Deadlines fluctuate for this award - please contact Ancil Gittens for dates. Requirements for eligibilty are subject to change. Please see details on Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowship on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

  • Vineberg Fellowship in Freshwater Biology/Limnology
    Awarded to an outstanding McGill graduate student conducting field-based research on freshwater communities and ecosystems. Preference will be given to PhD students who are beyond their qualifying year and who will not hold a major scholarship during the year of the Vineberg award.
    Fellowship Value: $7,000, awarded once per recipient. Application: Submit a complete CV, transcripts, and a 1-page statement of current research activities (electronic and hard-copy) to Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves, Department of Biology.

  • Biology Department Entrance Award
    An entrance bonus is offered to graduate students who will be pursuing research in the Biology Department. The award will be in the amount of $2,500 for M.Sc. students and $5,000 for Ph.D. students, and will be paid as a supplement to the minimum level of support as defined by the Department. No forms are required. Non-renewable.

  • Arthur Willey Memorial Fellowship
    One award valued at $2,500 is offered to a selected incoming graduate student each year. The award will be paid as a supplement to the minimum level of support as defined by the Department. No forms are required. Non-renewable.

  • Philip Carpenter Fellowship in Biology
    Two awards valued at $2,000 each are offered to incoming graduate students each year. The award will be paid as a supplement to the minimum level of support as defined by the Department. No forms are required. Non-renewable.
To ensure eligibility for any of the awards above, the student's completed application to the Biology department graduate program must be received prior to February 1st. Except for the Tomlinson Fellowship, no additional forms are required.

In addition, a Biology professor must indicate his or her financial and academic commitment to the student by completing the required Support Form. The principal criteria for selection are demonstrated academic and research strengths, and potential for outstanding research achievement.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for a scholarship before coming to McGill. Possession of a scholarship increases the probability of acceptance.

McGill University Travel Awards (Travel Awards)

  • GREAT Travel Awards:
    GREAT (Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards) are given to students who will travel to present their research at a scientific conference. The amount of the award is $500, and students are eligible to receive one award for the duration of their graduate program. For more details and to apply for this award, complete the Application(pdf) and submit to Graduate Studies Office.

  • BGSA Travel Grant:
    Please see the Grants section of the BGSA website for details.

  • International Research Travel Awards:
    International Research travel awards are given to students to fund research travel between May 1st and Dec. 31, 2013. The amount for the award will be approximately $2,000. Information for this award is provided on the application form(pdf).

Dissertation Year Subsidy

A limited number of awards are available for students in their final year. Designed for students who routinely have been required to subsidize their studies through teaching, these awards are intended to replace a teaching assistantship for one semester and thus allow the student to focus on writing his/her dissertation. See the application form for deadlines and further details.

Eligibility for admission into McGill Department of Biology
Requirements are:
  • Applicants must have a B.Sc. in a discipline relevant to the proposed field of study with an overall Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0/4.0 or a CGPA of 3.2/4.0 for the last 2 fulltime academic years of study
  • Applicants should also have adequate background knowledge in cell and molecular biology (or biochemistry), organismal biology, ecology, developmental biology and statistics
  • Students are admitted into the program on a full-time basis only
Selection Criteria:
Scholarships are limited, and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Eligible Groups
Citizens of ALL countries (includes all PROSPECTIVE and CURRENT McGill graduate students)

Fields of Study
Graduate training at both masters degree and doctoral degree level courses in many areas of biology with particular strengths in Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Evolution, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Behaviour, Neurobiology, Plant Biology and Bioinformatics.

Graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are offered.

The emphasis in both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs is on development of the intellectual and technical skills necessary for independent research.
The main component of both degrees is a thesis embodying the results of original research. Formal course requirements are few and are largely intended to fill gaps in the student’s background.

Method of Application
Application to the graduate program in Biology MUST be submitted using the McGill online web application form on the official website (link to the official website is below).

The departmental deadlines for applications into the Biology graduate program for International students are: January 15th for September registration AND August 15th for January registration.

Deadlines for course applications for Canadian residents and citizens are: March 15th for September registration AND October 15th for January registration.

If application materials are received after the dates above, it may be necessary to delay review of the applicant’s file until the following admittance period. All inquiries pertaining to admission procedures should be directed to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator.

Applicants who wish to apply for the Tomlinson Fellowship must apply by January 6th.

Applications received by February 1st will be automatically considered for a number of McGill-administered fellowships.

Please address all inquiries to:

Application Deadline: 15 January / 15 August 2014 (International students)
Open for International Students: Yes

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