Financial Aid

Financial Support

Every graduate student in Dentistry should have financial support if he or she does not have independent funds. This support can be acquired from a variety of sources such as fellowships and studentships, lab demonstratorships, or from the research supervisor's grant funds.

Fellowship and studentship competitions are held annually and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Most of the deadlines for the federal and provincial agencies are in the fall for tenure in the following year. The major funding agencies include CIHR, NSERC, FCAR, and FRSQ. It is important that all prospective students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada explore all sources of aid available through public and private agencies.

Additional information about funding can be obtained from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

International students admitted to McGill University must have financial support before coming to Montreal. Prospective students are urged to make every effort to secure fundsfrom sources other than McGill. Opportunities should be explored through established agencies in their own countries, as well as agencies that fund international students to travel abroad through competitions.

For example, the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan provides opportunities for students from Commonwealth countries to study in other Commonwealth countries. The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) provides funding through competition for students from many European countries. Possible funding from McGill includes the Graduate Faculty Awards competition and the McGill/CIDA competition for students from developing countries.

Application Guidelines for Studentships and Fellowships

In general, the intention of these awards is not to increase the amount of the annual stipend paid to trainees, but rather to liberate supervisor funds for recruiting additional trainees. Thus, it is not anticipated that our awarded funds will be used to increase annual stipends of our existing students, although in exceptional cases the supervisor may decide to do so. Award dollars thus are generally to be applied as part of the existing annual financial arrangement (“the financial contract”) between the research supervisor and the trainee which is on file with our Graduate Studies Office, and thus the award amount will reduce the supervisor’s contribution. Any increase in the annual stipend to the trainee requires that a new “financial contract” form be completed and submitted to Maria Palumbo in the Graduate Studies Office.

Eligibility for Studentships and Fellowships


Must be registered full-time in Dentistry as a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow.

For graduate students, they must have completed 6 months of graduate studies, and be in good standing, as of September 1st, when the awards start.

For post-doctoral fellows, they must physically be at McGill and in a Dentistry laboratory at the time (deadline) of the application (usually April).

Although the descriptions of some awards at the end of this document indicate they are for “entering” trainees, we have some leeway on this and have decided to use them for those having 6 months or more registered at McGill.

Trainees with external salary funding awards are eligible (external, as used here, does not mean paid from supervisor’s operating grant). However, Dentistry funds will be used in these cases only to supplement or “top off” the external amount to a maximum total for the trainee of $18,000 for graduate students, or $35,000 for post-doctoral fellows. For graduate students whose “annual financial contract” with their supervisor is less than $8,000, the awarded dollars from Dentistry must be used to provide the student with at least $8,000 annually.

Residents receiving a stipend from MSSSQ are not eligible.

Trainees may not hold more than 3 years of funding from our internal program.

Each supervisor or co-supervisor can submit only one name for a graduate student, and only one name for a post-doctoral fellow, in any given year.

Application Process


A call for applications is issued in early spring of each year to all supervisors by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Applications are submitted by the supervisor (or co-supervisor) according to the guidelines written here. Each supervisor or co-supervisor can submit only one name for a graduate student, and only one name for a post-doctoral fellow (in other words, put only your best candidates forward).

Candidates are evaluated on a comparative competitive basis relative to their training level (i.e. MSc vs MSc, PhD vs PhD, Post-doc vs Post-doc) and relative to others in same degree program.

Endowed awards from the McGill calendar will be based on the specific descriptions of those awards – most are based on merit, and are described below.

Do not apply for specific awards – our committee will attribute them.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of academic performance which includes:

  • graduate course grades (official copy NOT required – draft copy can be obtained directly by the trainee).
  • quality of training environment.
  • excellence in research, accomplishments (articles, conferences, other evidence of progress and excellence relative to stage of training).
  • letter of support from supervisor.

Supervisors must submit the following documents to Marlene Balena in Dentistry’s Central Office or by marlene.balena [at] (Email) by mid-April.

  • Full CV of applicant (free-form CV).
  • Half-to-full page description of research project written by trainee and supervisor.
  • Draft copy (official copy NOT required) of McGill graduate studies transcripts from McGill web (to be obtained by trainee and given to supervisor). NOT required for post-docs.
  • Letter of support from supervisor (or co-supervisor, if applicable), detailing strengths of the candidate and his/her current and proposed (for September) stipend funding scenario.

Results will be announced in mid-May. Winners of these awards will be required to attend the Faculty’s White Coat Ceremony, typically held in September, where they will be formally presented with a certificate as a recipient of their respective award. Attendance is mandatory and important since some of the donors of the endowed awards often attend the ceremony.

Available Studentships and Fellowshiops


Dr. Wah Leung Fellowship
Established in 1998 by a generous gift from a McGill graduate of Chemical Engineering (Class of 1959), from Hong Kong, in honor of Dr. Wah Leung, the first Dean of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to an entering (or in-course) postdoctoral, doctoral or master’s student registered in the Faculty of Dentistry who is working in pain, oral cancer or bone tissue research (preference will be given to post-docs). Renewable once as the graduate student level and twice at the postdoctoral levels.
Value: Approx. $18,000.

Dr. James P. Lund Fellowship in Dentistry
Established in 2002 by a generous gift from a McGill graduate from Hong Kong. The fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding student who has graduated from a Chinese university and is entering a Post-doctoral, Ph.D. or M.Sc. program of study in the Faculty of Dentistry. Awarded by the Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee. In the event that there is no candidate fitting this description, the Dean and Graduate Studies Committee may consider scholars or professors visiting McGill University from a Chinese university. The recipient will be someone who can be expected to make a significant contribution to the advancement of science in their home country after the completion of their studies. Value Approx. $18,000.

McGill Faculty of Dentistry Internal Studentships (not endowed)
5 studentships valued at $8,000 each for one year.

Dr. Lyon Bercovitch Memorial Award
Established by a bequest from Olga Bercovitch in memory of her husband, Dr. Lyon Bercovitch (D.D.S. 1914). Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to a student pursuing graduate studies in dentistry.
Value: Approx. $3,000.

Dr. E.T. & Mrs. Marjorie Bourke Award
Established by a bequest from Marjorie Bourke in memory of her husband, Dr. E.T. Bourke (D.D.S. 1923). Awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to a student pursuing graduate studies in dentistry.
Value: Approx. $3,000.

Dr. and Mrs. I.N. Pesner Memorial Prize
Established in 2001 by a bequest from Dr. Isodore N. Pesner, D.D.S. 1920, and Mrs. I.N. Pesner, to fund a graduate student prize in the Faculty of Dentistry. This prize will be awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry to an outstanding graduate student already in a Residency or post graduate program, who will be presenting a paper at a national or international scientific meeting.
Value: $500.

American, International and Non-Quebec Residents

At McGill University, we are committed to helping you finance your education. We offer our research students the most competitive and generous funding level in Quebec. Our funding, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment. For more information about funding at McGill University, visit the Future Graduate Students website.