A recent review by the Quebec Ministry of Education has led to changes in the program rules. New regulations concerning award value and eligibility criteria will therefore come into effect as of April 1st, 2019. Applications approved at the Faculty level as of April 1st must adhere to the amended regulations.
Other Mobility Opportunities
The GPS website lists several external funding opportunities that support international travel. These include, but are not limited to, the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements for CGSM, CGSD and Vanier holders; the Québec / Foreign Government Scholarship Program with multiple destinations; and the Mitacs Globalink Research Award which provides $6,000 for 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas.
The Graduate Mobility Award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program by defraying part of the cost of the international experience. The award, funded by the Government of Quebec, is available to all full-time thesis students enrolled 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 mobility award is meant to contribute towards the completion of the student’s thesis. A limited number of Awards are available each year on a competitive basis.
- Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill.
- Must be registered as a full-time thesis student at the time of travel.
- Must have completed one full-time term at the time of application.
- Must be in good academic standing.
- Must have held an advisory/supervisory committee meeting within 10 months of the departure date.
- May travel for up to 2 terms (period may not exceed 8 months).
- Cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada).
- Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree.
- Must be approved by his/her academic unit and Faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity.
- Must be participating in one or more of the following mobility activities, depending on the Faculty/academic unit:
- Research stay at a lab abroad
- Participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad
- Field work abroad
- Once an application is submitted and approved by the academic unit, the unit must create a Travel Registry Form. Students must complete their form before submitting an application to Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS).
- Conference travel is NOT eligible
* Before applying, McGill students on US Direct loans intending to pursue any portion of their program in the US or a foreign country should refer the Scholarships and Student Aid website to check eligibility and impact this funding will have on their US Direct loan(s).
Kindly be reminded that each student may only receive one award per academic year.
Determined by the Academic Unit/Faculty.
The amount of funding provided by the Graduate Mobility Award must be between $750 and $1,500 per month. The amount of funding for travel of duration shorter than a month will be prorated accordingly.
How to Apply
- Complete the 1819 Graduate Mobility Award Application Form
- Obtain approval signatures from your supervisor and Graduate Program Director (GPD).
- Follow instructions from your Faculty to obtain the approval and signature of the Faculty designate.
- Complete the Travel Registry Form (must first be created by your academic unit administrator).
- Submit a completed online Application Form.
- Submit supporting documents, including:
- One letter of support from McGill supervisor detailing significance of the research activity, location, collaborator(s) (if applicable), and any matching funding
- CV of the applicant
- PrintScreen of the accepted Travel Registry Form (see example)
Graduate Mobility Award recipients are required to complete a short survey and provide proof of travel (i.e. boarding pass) within one month of their return. Students who fail to complete this step will see their award withdrawn.
Kindly note that airfare tickets are not accepted as proof of travel.
All changes in travel plans must be reported to the academic unit and GPS immediately. Failure to report changes may result in the withdrawal of the award.