Financial Support for IPN Students

Amanda Perozzo

Recipient of "J.P. Collip Fellowship" for 2018-2019, a $10,000 internal studentship offered by McGill's Faculty of Medicine.

Ms. Perozzo is currently enrolled in the IPN MSc program, as a Y2 student.
Supervisor: Dr. Derek Bowie. 

Mehdi Hooshmandi

2018 Brain Canada Awardee. Supervised by Dr. Arkady Khoutorsky, Mehdi's project is titled “Dysregulation of integrated stress response (ISR) pathway in Fragile X syndrome”.

Morteza Pishnamazi

Awardee of 2017-18 Lloyd Carr-Harris Fellowship from the McGill Faculty of Medicine. Morteza Pishnamazi is coming with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and started his PhD in 2017 as a Rotation Program student at IPN.

Daniel Almeida

PhD Candidate and 2017-18 Vanier Scholar

Jacob Vogel

PhD Candidate and 2017-18 Vanier Scholar

Claire Gizowski

2017 CIHR Doctoral Banting and Best CGS Scholarship winner Claire Gizowski's research is focused on investigating how the brain's endogenous clock can regulate circadian behaviours at the cellular and network level. Claire was also awarded a prestigious Brain Star award at the 2017 Canadian Association of Neuroscience conference.

Elizabeth DuPre

IPN student Elizabeth DuPre has been awarded the prestigious 2017-2018 Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship from the McGill Faculty of Medicine.

Jocelyne Whitehead

2017-18 NSERC CGSD awardee Jocelyne Whitehead uses fMRI to investigate the neural correlates of cross-modal emotional processing. Her current focus is using advanced analysis techniques as to isolate the neural response to music, singing and speech.

David Levi

The aim of 2017-18 CIHR CGSM awardee David Levi's research is to elucidate the synaptic mechanisms by which high dietary salt intake leads to excessive secretion of the antidiuretic hormone, vasopressin, and how this may contribute to salt-sensitive hypertension.

Stephanie Tullo

The aim of NSERC CGSM awardee Stephanie Tullo's research is to investigate normative relationships between age and subcortical morphology across the healthy adult lifespan by improving upon an existing automated segmentation pipeline, MAGeTbrain, in which delineates structures of the brain in structural MRI data. 

Shannon Tansley

2017-18 NSERC PGSD awardee Shannon Tansley studies the role of the extracellular matrix in the development and maintenance of neuropathic pain (Co-supervised by Jeffrey Mogil and Arkady Khoutorsky)

Lauren Reynolds, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Flores laboratory , was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (NRSA F31) from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Insititue on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Gloria Castaneda

2017-18 CONACYT awardee Gloria Castaneda's doctoral work is focused on studying the component processes that underlie motivation and their potential overlap with other symptoms such as depression and fatigue, with this project we are also expecting to be able to lay groundwork to assure that neuroscience advances can be effectively applied in the field, in clinical or healthy populations at risk of diminished motivation. 

Suzanne van der Veldt

PhD Candidate and 2017-18 Vanier Scholar.

Tara Delorme

Tara Delorme, in Dr. Cermakian and Dr. Srivastava’s laboratories, was awarded a Masters Studentship jointly sponsored by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada Foundation (SSCF) and the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP) to pursue her research project on the interaction between circadian disruption and risk factors for schizophrenia.

Mathilde Chevin

Mathilde was awarded the 2018 Brain Canada Fellowship for the Brain Canada- Kids Brain Health Network Training Awards for her project entitled "Interleukin-1 blockade along with hypothermia to prevent cerebral palsy arising from refractory neonatal asphyxia".

Guaranteed Funding

Stipends for all IPN students

As of September 2008, graduate students in the IPN are guaranteed annual stipends, provided that they make adequate progress through the program and meet program milestones. These stipends are intended for student living expenses and tuition and fees. Stipends come from the thesis supervisor, from external fellowships and from awards provided by the IPN. Personal or family financing of graduate careers is NOT permitted.

Minimum annual stipends for IPN students

Student's resident status MSc (Yr 1) MSc (Yr 2) MSc (Yr 3) PhD
Quebec $18,150 $18,325 $17,550 $20,000
Non-Quebec Canadian $23,175 $20,825 $17,550 $20,000
International $29,875 $26,600 $17,550 $20,000

The different annual minimum stipends are calculated to account for differences in tuition fees between Quebec, Non-Quebec Canadian, and International M.Sc. students. Our stipends are not subject to Canadian taxes.

 Last updated November 2017.

Differential Fee Waivers for International PhD Students

The IPN covers the tuition fee differential between International and Canadian Ph.D. students. This means that international PhD students pay the same tuition fees as students from Quebec. In order to be eligible, students must fill out this application form on a semi-annual basis (due August 20th or December 12th), register before the deadline, and remain in good academic standing. It will remain at the discretion of IPN to review all information, including all sources of external funding in the eligibility, processing, and renewal of this fee waiver.

N.B. International residency fees apply to graduate students until they complete 8 full-time semesters in a doctoral program (when admitted to Ph.D. 1) or 6 full-time semesters in a doctoral program (when admitted to Ph.D. 2). When “Additional Session” appears on your transcript you are no longer subject to international fees, and therefore no longer require this fee waiver. 

Recruitment Awards


The Integrated Program in Neuroscience administers recruitment awards to the top subset of new applicants applying to our Masters and PhD programs. This includes students transferring within the IPN from the Masters Program to the PhD Program. IPN will contact applicants should they be selected to receive a recruitment award. Students do not 'apply' directly for these awards, because every application to the IPN is also reviewed for a recruitment award. These awards are subject to the student remaining registered, and showing satisfactory progress leading the completion of their studies. 

The recruitment awards are above and beyond the stipends that supervisors pay. We reserve funds for recruiting outstanding students who demonstrate high academic ability and display a strong desire to pursue graduate research in neuroscience. Early application to IPN is encouraged, as it is at the discretion of the IPN to allocate these funds based on available resources; we terminate the competition when available funds have run out. Therefore, eligibility for the IPN's Recruitment Awards are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. 

Be sure to look through:

Masters Recruitment Awards

The goal of the Masters Recruitment Awards is to attract top-flight undergraduate students to our Masters program. The IPN awards committee will allocate Recruitment Awards based on available funds to newly applying students with a cumulative undergraduate GPAs ≥ 3.70, once they have found a supervisor and committed to graduate work in the IPN. It is not necessary for students to apply directly for these awards because they are considered when they submit a completed application to the IPN. Please note that funds are limited and it is at the discretion of the IPN to terminate recruitment once all available funding has been disbursed.

Awards for Students transferring from the Masters program to the PhD Program

Until further notice, the Transfer Awards are discontinued.

PhD Recruitment Awards

The goal of the PhD Recruitment Awards is to attract top-flight MSc students to enter the IPN PhD program. The criteria for these awards include the students' publication records, undergraduate and graduate grades and letters of recommendation. The Recruitment Awards are signing bonuses and their intent is to attract the best students to our PhD program. Students do not need to apply for these awards, because they are automatically considered when they submit a completed application to the IPN. Please note that funds are limited and it is at the discretion of the IPN to terminate recruitment once all available funding has been disbursed.
Internal Sources

McGill participates in a number of inter-departmental/inter-disciplinary training programs. Below are details of some that are relevant to IPN. These programs can be excellent sources of graduate student funding.


NSERC-CREATE Program in Medical Image Analysis

"The purpose of the NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE), industrial stream, is designed to help new researchers transition into the workforce. It provides them the opportunities to acquire professional skills and on-the-job experience in industry in tandem with  participating in leading-edge research in areas considered to be of top priority for Canada's future."

"CREATE-MIA will provide up to 50% of the trainee's funding.  The amount will depend on the amount of funding they are getting from other sources.  Current NSERC guidelines for recommended funding levels will be taken into account."

See the CREATE-MIA funding details.


NSERC-CREATE Training Program in Neuroengineering

"The Neuroengineering CREATE team is based at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and brings together chemists, physicists, biomedical engineers, and neuroscientists to generate innovative techniques to study mechanisms of axon guidance and synaptogenesis. The CREATE team is also developing new techniques for using the output signals from synapses on synthetic matrices to control effector organs."

"The NSERC CREATE Neuroengineering training program seeks trainees at the graduate and post-doctoral levels. Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, and International students are all eligible to apply."

Apply for graduate awards at CREATE-Neuroengineering

CIHR Training Program in Neuroinflammation

"The Neuroinflammation Training Program has 16 Principal Investigators working on various aspects of neuroinflammation (see Research Areas ) whose laboratories are spread across Montreal: The Montreal Neurological Institute, Centre for Research in Neuroscience, The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, INRS-Institut Armand Frappier, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Centre de recherche du CHUM, Centre for the Study of Host Resistance (MUHC), The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain and others."

"Since 2002 we have given out 90 Graduate studentships and Postdoctoral fellowships, and 130 Travel Awards for travel to national and international meetings and conferences."

Apply for CIHR Training Program in Neuroinflammation graduate awards

External Sources

A number of external awards exist that IPN students are eligible to apply for. IPN students have secured funding from many sources including some of the following:

NSERC Fellowships

CIHR Fellowships

CIHR Harmonized The federal granting agencies (Canadian Institute of Health Research CIHR, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council NSERC, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council SSHRC) have harmonized the Masters Canada Graduate Scholarship program. 

As of Fall of 2013, all eligible students applying for a Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters (CGS M) will use the Research Portal (hosted by NSERC) and Canadian Common CV via the institution where they are registered or intend to register. Please see the McGill Workshop and Eligibility Criteria.

Deadline: Submission of online application to Research Portal: December 1, 2018 (8:00 p.m. ET)

Decisions will be made by early February and student and supervisors will be notified.

For students not already registered in the IPN, you must make a formal application to our program by 5:00pm January 15, 2019 or your application will be withdrawn from the competition.

For specific inquiries please contact katherine.vanka [at]

FRQS Fellowships

FQRNT Candidates who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or who are from a Canadian province other than Québec, are eligible if they provide proof, at the time of submitting their scholarship application, that a) they have been domiciled in Québec on a regular and daily basis for six months (with the appropriate visas and authorizations) and b) they have been admitted to or are enrolled in a Québec university, or that they have applied for admission to a Québec university.

Vanier Fellowships  The IPN does an internal pre-selection of Vanier nominees (applicable to both international and Canadian students). M.Sc. applicants who plan on pursuing a Ph.D. and Ph.D. applicants seeking a nomination for the Vanier Fellowship should submit with their application a self-assessment detailing the impact of their activities and accomplishments, and how they judge themselves to be a potential Vanier CGS recipient and a leader in their research and global communities.  

Tomlinson Fellowships

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Parkinson Society of Canada

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


Fulbright Canada

Fulbright Enrolment Awards are intended for American students who plan to enroll in a graduate program at a Canadian university. The student must seek admission at the same time as they apply for a Fulbright award. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the first nine months of the student’s graduate degree.  For eligibility requirements and application details, please visit the Fulbright website. For awards to be taken up in the 2019-2020 academic year, the competition will close on October 9, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

CONACYT Program for Mexican Students

China Scholarship Council Joint Scholarship Program

The Graduate and Postdoctroral Studies website has links and information about other fellowships that students may wish to consider. See the table below.


Which award is right for me?

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