Fellowships, Funding & Financial Aid

On this page: Departmental Submission Deadlines | Tips for Preparing Fellowship Applications | GREAT Awards | Financial Aid | Tuition & Fee Payment Deferrals |  Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education | Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award | Donna Kuzmarov Prize | Vanier Scholarship Program | Graduate Mobility Awards | Ann Gross Fellowship in Education| Faculty Awards Graduate Student Travel Award in Education

Obtaining and maintaining funding throughout your studies is an important component of life as a graduate student. Please find below funding opportunities available to you from the Department, University, and outside agencies.

Departmental Submission Deadlines

Please note that the deadlines below are department-specific, please ensure you refer directly to the agency website's for agency-specific deadlines. Please refer to our external funding webpage for more information on agency deadlines. Information on agency deadlines is also outlined on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Student Funding Opportunities webpage.

Funding Body Application Deadline
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program   SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS

SSHRC Doctoral Competition


FORMAL SUBMISSION TO UNIT: September 25th, 2018

Trudeau Foundation Scholarship


Harmonized Tri-Council CGS Master's Competition - CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC

AGENCY DEADLINE: December 1, 2018

Graduate Mobility Award  

UNIT DEADLINE: October 1, 2018

Tips for Preparing Fellowship Applications

Funding agency committees and internal selection committees are looking for excellence in three areas:

  1. Strong letters of recommendation
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Excellence of research proposal/evidence of research potential

It is vital, therefore, to ensure all of the above components are well-represented or highlighted in your application.

Recommendations for preparing fellowship applications:

  • Letters of recommendation should be from people who know your academic work and research potential well. Don't ask for letters of recommendation at the last minute. Provide referees with a copy of your research proposal, transcripts, and a current CV to help them write the letter of support. Referees preferably should be professors from McGill and/or your most recent university.
  • Academic excellence should be demonstrated explicitly in the application. Be sure to list any prizes, scholarships, fellowships, etc., that you have received, as well as any other evidence of academic excellence (e.g., Dean's Honours List).
  • Write your research proposal so that it can be understood by someone outside your field, since your application will be assessed by committees consisting of people who are not necessarily experts in your field. At the same time do not be too simplistic. Avoid technical jargon. Indicate the background context, your hypothesis or research question, methodology, potential contribution, importance, and originality of the research, etc. Ask your supervisor, another professor, or a fellow graduate student to read the application and provide you with feedback.
  • List any publications and conference presentations as evidence of research potential. Peer reviewed journals and international conferences are particularly important. Presentation proposals should not be listed. Be neat in the presentation of your application. Try to use all of the available space provided for the proposal. If you aren't successful this year, keep trying. Several granting agencies, however, now have a limit on the number of times one can apply. Thus, apply when you think your chances are greatest.
  • Deadlines must be strictly adhered to.

Further information about Graduate Fellowships and Awards is available from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, James Administration Building, telephone 514-398-3995. You can also visit the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Funding web pages.

Notifications of awards and deadlines are provided on the websites of granting bodies and via program directors/coordinators.

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2018-2019 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards competition for the dissemination of research through graduate student presentations at conferences attended between May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.

Award values and recipients are to be determined by the ECP Fellowships Committee.


All ECP Research Master’s or Doctoral students in good standing, registered full-time, and not in time limitation. Student's must meet eligibility criteria when applying, receiving the award and at the time of travel.

  • Master's Research  students must be registered in Year 1 or 2, as indicated on Minerva.
  • Doctoral students must be registered in Years 1 through 6, as indicated on Minerva.

Applications Requirements:

Complete the Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award Application form, attaching proof of acceptance and an abstract of the paper to be presented (1 page maximum), as outlined on the form.  


  1. First competition deadline: October 31, 2018 (for conferences attended between May 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018)
  2. Second competition deadline: February 23, 2019 (for conferences attended between November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019)

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award Application form by February 23, 2019.

Questions? ecpapplication.education [at] mcgill.ca (Contact us).

Judy Fish Graduate Award in Inclusive Education

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2018-2019 Judy Fish Graduate Award In Inclusive Education competition. The award was established in 2004 by Avrum and Dora Morrow in honour of Judy Fish, B.A. 1965, M.Ed. 1982. The value amount and number of awards varies by year. 

Eligibility is as follows: 

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in Master's degree in Educational Psychology. The Graduate Award is based on academic merit, with consideration given to the student's involvement in the community and in extracurricular activities.

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Award Application Form by November 23 2018, 11:59 PM.

Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology will be holding the 2018-2019 Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award. The value amount and number of awards varies by year. 

Eligibility is as follows:

Awarded by the Faculty of Education to a student enrolled in the pursuing studies in the inclusion of students with developmental disabilities into school and society

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Award Application Form by November 23 2018, 11:59 PM.

Donna Kuzmarov Prize

Established in 2015 by Donna Kuzmarov, BA 1966, MEd 1990, to recognize one or more Master students in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology who have demonstrated excellence in his or her research in the area of counselling psychology.


Awarded on the basis of good academic standing by the Faculty of Education, upon recommendation of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. Preference will be given to students who are working with the McGill Psychotherapy Process Research Group.

Students must be registered at McGill in the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters to be eligible for this award. (Students on Time Limitation, or Students who are not registered are ineligible).

How to apply: Fill out the Graduate Award Application Form by December 21, 2018 11:59 PM.

Vanier Scholarship Program

The Vanier Scholarship Program was launched by the Government of Canada to attract and retain world class doctoral students. Complete details regarding the Vanier program can be found on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships website. Please consult Vanier CGS for eligibility criteria and nomination process, as well as the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies funding page on Vanier hereNote: At the time of this post the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program website had not yet been updated with the 2019-2020 competition information.

This funding opportunity encourages students to pursue their doctoral studies at institutions different from those where they completed a previous degree in order to broaden research horizons and seek new challenges. Candidates nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree will be asked to provide a compelling rationale as to why they have chosen to remain or return.

Value and Duration of Award: $50,000 per year for three years

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) is eligible to nominate  up to three students per Federal Granting agency (CIHR, SSHRC) to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for this award. Note that you can only be nominated by one Canadian University, and are not eligible if you have received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship for CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to complete a doctoral degree.


May 27th 2019, noon. Please notify the dept. of your INTENT to apply by May 27th 2019. You do not have to submit any documentation at this stage. Simply send an email to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca with your full name, ID number (if applicable) and Program (that you are registered in, will begin, or intend to apply to), subject of email header: “Intention to apply-Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program”. Please ensure you review the extensive application requirements as well as selection criteria to establish the supporting documentation that you will be required to submit should you be nominated by the Department. 

June 28th 2019, noon: Deadline to submit pre-screening application to the Department for evaluation by the ECP Fellowships committee. Submit the following documents in the following order, in ONE PDF. Ensure your PDF is named as follows: “LASTNAME, Firstname_VANIER CGS competition.pdf". All documents should be submitted to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca in the following order:

August 1st 2019: Candidates selected for nomination to GPS by the ECP Fellowships committee will be notified. Please note that a lot more documentation will be required by the agency at this stage. You are encouraged to review the information carefully in advance so that you are prepared in the event that your application is selected for nomination by the Department. Nominated Candidates should order ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS at this stage as they will be required. This checklist developed by GPS should assist you in ensuring you are gathering all the necessary documentation. Nominees will also be required to adhere to the subsequent deadline dates below. Additional Resources are also listed here on the GPS website: https://mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students/vanier.

Deadline to complete application in Research Net:  September 19th, 2019 8:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time).

September 20, 2019, NOON: Deadline to submit printed hard copy of your COMPLETE application from ResearchNet, as well as all official transcripts in sealed envelopes to the ECP administrative office.

GPS will notify successful candidates in the University wide competition directly.

Graduate Mobility Awards 2018-2019- Second Round

Following the call for the second round of mobility award applications sent to you directly by the Faculty via email in Dec 2018 (see text below), please note that if your are submitting a mobility award application, you must submit the application in one pdf to: studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca. Subject header: Graduate Mobility award applications-second round. In-person paper copies will not be accepted.

The PDF application form is located here: 

Application instructions and eligibility criteria are located here

We will create a travel registry for you when we receive a copy of your application



This is a call for applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Mobility Awards. https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/travel/grad-mobility-award. This award is only available to all full-time thesis students currently registered in a graduate degree program at McGill who have been approved by their academic unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity. The travel must occur before Aug 31st, 2019.

Key points:

  • The proposed research/study abroad must be closely tied to students’ dissertation research.
  • The suggested range for each budget request is from $1000 – $5000 CAD depending on the location and the duration of research/study abroad (please ensure that the budget section is in Canadian dollars).
  • Students could travel to the US or anywhere in Canada (outside Quebec) also for their research/study abroad.

Value of Award

Award value depends on where the mobility activity takes place, its duration and the availability of funding at the time of application.

Eligibility reminders

  • Each student may only receive one award per academic year.
  • Applicants must have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date.
  • Conference travel is NOT eligible.

Please note the following guidelines and deadline for the Faculty of Education 2018-19 Graduate Mobility Awards:

  • Application forms are to be completed and submitted to the student’s Department for approval. Deadline January 15th, 2019.
  • Application instructions are located here

-The Faculty will review the nominations, select the final awardees, and will inform the respective Departments of the results by March 2019. The selected application(s) with Faculty signature will be sent back to the units by email. The awardees must then upload/submit their fully signed and approved application to GPS.


Ann Gross Fellowship in Education

Established by Ann Gross, MLS 1977. Awarded by the Faculty of Education on the basis of academic merit to outstanding graduate students pursuing research in the field of developmental psychology to further advance scholarship and services that will enrich the lives of adults with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder and/or Asperger syndrome.

Eligibility: Students must hold high academic records. Applicant will be evaluated based on CGPA (Undergraduate and Graduate levels), Quality and significance of the proposed work to the area of focus identified by the award, Scholarly Publications, Scholarly Presentations, Fellowships (Federal, Provincial, External and internal).

Amount varies. This year, the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology student will receive an award in the value of $2,200.00

How to apply (Deadline date: October 11, 2018)

  1. Complete the Graduate Award Application Form
  2. Submit supporting documents: ECP CV, a  one page statement indicating how their research contributes to the focus of the award .

Faculty Awards 2019-2020 

There are unique funding opportunities available to current graduate students in research programs (PhD, MA Thesis or MA/M.Ed. Non-Thesis Project Concentrations only) for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  •  The Stansfield Award for School-Based Classroom Research
  •  Walter A. and K. Mary Marsh Fellowships in the Faculty of Education
  •  Jackie Kirk Fellowships
  •  Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Support Fund
  •  Herschel and Christine Victor Fellowship in Education
  •  Dr. Gauri Shankar Guha Award in International Development Education
  •  The Muriel H. Marsh and Harold A. Marsh Endowment

Applicants will be ranked by the ECP Fellowships Committee based on the following criteria:

  • CGPA (Undergraduate and Graduate levels)
  • Quality and significance of the proposed work to the area of focus identified by the award
  • Scholarly Publications
  • Scholarly Presentations
  • Federal, Provincial or External Fellowships

The ECP Fellowships Committee will select ECP finalists who will be nominated by the unit for the Faculty-wide competition. Units will transmit to the Office of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, applicant dossiers, which will then be evaluated and ranked by academic members of the Committee on Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies will then select the recipients based upon recommendations received from the Committee on Graduate Studies. The results of the competition will be disseminated in early April 2019.

Your deadline for submitting an application for all of the following award competitions is January 16, 2019 at 11:59pm.


  1. Fill out the application webform (https://www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/faculty-grad-fellowship)
  2. Send this excel spreadsheet to studentapplication.ecp@mcgillca, filled out per the example in the first line. Save your Excel sheet as (LASTNAME, FirstName Faculty Award Applications 2019-2020.xlsx)

Please review the award descriptions and eligibility criteria in the application web form, before deciding to apply for any award.

If you have any questions, please send them via email to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca.

Best of luck to all those who apply!

Graduate Student Travel Award in Education

More information forthcoming

Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

For doctoral students

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships in the humanities and social sciences are the only one of its scope and stature in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards up to twenty scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes. Trudeau scholars are outstanding students who are interested in growing in a multidisciplinary learning environment and in addressing important questions for Canada and the world.

At a glance:

If chosen as a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, Scholar will receive:

  • Membership in a community of other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, all of whom are leaders and change-makers in their respective disciplines and sectors;
  • Leadership training from Mentors and Fellows;
  • $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses; and
  • $20,000 per year for three years, as a research and travel allowance;

If chosen as a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, Scholar must:

  • Attend a community retreat and two Institutes of Engaged Leadership during the first year of your term;
  • Collaboratively plan and participate in a conference event during the second year of your term;
  • Work with other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows on a creative knowledge sharing and dissemination project during the third year of your term;
  • Work towards fluency in English and French with support from the Foundation;
  • Actively engage and collaborate with the Foundation’s community of Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows; and
  • Submit one research progress report per year.


  • Doctoral students already accepted or enrolled into year one, two, or three of a full-time program in the humanities or social sciences whose work relates to one of the Foundations’ four themes:
    • Human Rights and Dignity;
    • Responsible Citizenship;
    • Canada and the World; and
    • People and their Natural Environment
  • Canadian citizens, whether at a Canadian or an international institution
  • Up to 25% of Scholars in a given year may be non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution

Fields of research:

Humanities and social sciences, and specifically one or more of the following areas:

The department is permitted to nominate two students to GPS, for a university-wide competition. The departmental nominees will be selected by the ECP Fellowships Committee.


Create an account by clicking on the "Apply now!" link on the Become a scholar web page . For detailed information, please see the GPS Graduate Funding web page and the Trudeau Foundation web site.

Required documents:

  1. Application Form - (simplified walkthrough from 2016!! ) You must create an account in order to fill out the online application form.
  2. Original transcripts from all postsecondary studies: McGill transcript ordering information (for this competition, students must also include CEGEP transcripts when applicable).
  3. Three letters of reference: Letters should not exceed 2 pages.
    1. At least one (1) letter must be from an academic referee concerning academic achievements;
    2. At least (1) letter must be from a non-academic referee concerning your leadership abilities;
    3. The third reference letter may come from an academic or non-academic referee


Submit a hard copy of online application and all supporting documents to studentapplication.ecp [at] mcgill.ca by December 21, at 5:00pm.

Financial Aid

Depending on need, students can apply for loans and bursaries and find out more about other sources of income through the McGill Scholarships & Student Aid Office (SSAO). While a number of the opportunities available to students are outlined below, further information on these and other sources can be found at their office, including defering tuition payments, obtaining a line of credit, and various government aid opportunities.

Are you facing an emergency/financial crisis? The Department has set aside a limited contingency fund for students who find themselves in a position of immediate/short-term financial need. If you find yourself in an emergency situation (for example, short on rent for a month, unable to afford groceries, have recently been robbed or lost important items, etc.) we encourage you to contact us directly via ecpinfo.education [at] mcgill.ca (email), phone (514-398-4242) or in person to discuss how the Department might be able to help. If emailing, please enter as a subject "REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE."

As well, the SSAO will always accept emergency drop-ins weekdays between 10am and 4pm.

Are you an international student? International student aid is now also administered by the SSAO office, which can provide assistance with budgeting and navigating the expenses of living and studying in Canada. They can also assist with filling and submitting income tax forms.

Tuition & Fee Payment Deferrals

Students in a degree program with no prior outstanding tuition/fees may request that payment(s) of tuition and fees be deferred based on self-reported demonstrated sources of funding from the university, government or other external agencies.

All requests are student-initiated using the "Defer Payment of Tuition and Fees" option through the Financial Aid & Awards Menu on Minerva.

For more information, please visit the Student Accounts website.