Discover McGill Academic Expectations for Grads (Downtown Campus)

These workshops are geared toward students new to graduate studies and aim to provide an introduction to many of the services here at McGill, and how to navigate and best use these services during your studies. A special series of workshops on applying for funding is also offered.

The 2018 sessions included:

  • Library Research Essentials for Grads Learn now, save time later. Preview the content of upcoming graduate research workshops. Uncover the diverse collections and services that the library has to offer. Discover how to access the library’s electronic resources anytime and anywhere.
  • Money Matters The Scholarship and Student Aid office will provide an overview of their services, a guide to financial planning for graduate studies and an explanation of the Financial Aid and Awards Menu on Minerva.
  • Pathways and Plans: Career Development for Graduate Students Come to this workshop to learn strategies to support your professional and career development while at McGill.
  • Know Your (Student and Legal) Rights This workshop will introduce McGill’s policies and procedures and Quebec’s civil justice system. Participants will learn about their rights as graduate students and the laws that apply to them as employees, tenants, and residents of Quebec. The Legal Information Clinic at McGill and the Student Advocacy service will also provide an overview of their services, and the legal resources available to graduate students in Montreal.
  • Self-Care: Strategies for Success (Panel) Details TBC
  • Supervision Basics Wondering how to establish a healthy relationship between you and your supervisor? Join us for this presentation and learn about the importance of the supervisory relationship and the impact it can have on your graduate experience. You will be introduced to strategies for building and maintaining a positive supervisory relationship, as well as learn where to turn for support with disputes and misunderstandings. *Target Audience: Thesis Students Only, Especially PhDs
  • Non-Thesis Basics  Wondering how to navigate your way through a non-thesis program at McGill? Join us for this presentation and learn about the non-thesis students’ graduate experience, key people to whom you can turn for support, and the various university resources available to guide you along the way. *Target Audience: Non-Thesis Students Only
  • Academic Culture for Graduate Students  Use this workshop to prepare for academic culture at the graduate level in North America (and specifically at McGill) in this helpful session addressing cultural differences and opportunities in the classroom.
  • What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Grad School (Panel) The “What I Wish I'd Known When I Started Grad School” panel is an opportunity to learn about graduate studies at McGill from upper-year graduate students. Have a question? The Q and A session is a chance for you to ask students who have been through it all!
  • Writing and Communication: How Graphos Supports You from Start to Finish  Clarity, concision, and coherence are the hallmarks of effective communication. Graphos, McGill’s graduate communication program, focuses on teaching graduate students how to develop well-crafted manuscripts and oral presentations.
  •  “More to Discover about McGill!” Info Sessions:  This information session will provide you with a series of short introductions to some notable services here at McGill for graduate students and educate you on how to navigate and best use these services during your time here.

Fellowship Series sessions (open to new and returning grad students)

Looking for money to fund your graduate studies? Join us for the Graduate Fellowships Info Sessions. As a graduate student, you can apply for a fellowship to receive government funding for one or multiple years of your degree! The fellowship you apply for is based on your field of study: More more info about each type of fellowship

  • Social Sciences and Humanities: SSHRC & FRQSC
  • Math, Engineering, and Natural Sciences: NSERC & FRQNT
  • Health and Medicine: CIHR & FRQS

Fellowship sessions are offered by McGill professors who have reviewed applications for the respective funding agency at the federal or provincial level, and by graduate students who have received the respective fellowship. In these interactive panel sessions, information and tips are provided to help you write a winning fellowship application. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about required document, content and writing format, what to include in the CV, and more! Please come ready with your questions!