All graduate students accepted to our program receive financial support. As of January 2018, new incoming students to the Physiology Department will be guaranteed a minimum yearly stipend of $20,000 for M.Sc. and $22,000 for Ph.D. students. The minimum stipend can come from a fellowship or from the supervisor's research grant. In addition to the minimum stipend, the Department will provide Graduate Excellence Fellowships to help non-Quebec Canadian M.Sc. students as well as International M.Sc. and Ph.D. students with their higher tuition fees (as per the table below). For details on tuition and fees please refer to: http://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts.
Students are urged to make every effort to secure their own funding from studentships or fellowships administered by the University (internal fellowships) or by Provincial, federal or international agencies (external fellowships). More information about this is further below under Fellowships and Awards.
Graduate Excellence Fellowships (GEF) for Tuition Assistance (taking into effect as of September 1, 2018)
Graduate Excellence Fellowships for Tuition Assistance are awarded to new incoming students to compensate for tuition fees that are higher than Quebec-resident student fees. No application is required as the award is determined at the time of review of Admission Applications. The values listed below are projected levels subject to change.
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-International M.Sc. Students fast-tracking to the Ph.D. program are eligible.
-Students who already have an existing scholarship that covers tuition fees may still qualify for tuition assistance depending on availability of funds.
-International students who receive an International Fee Exemption or a scholarship that covers tuition may qualify for partial support.
-Amounts may change from year to year depending on availability of funds.
Max E. and Jane K. Childress Entrance Fellowships in Physiology (taking into effect as of September 1, 2018)
The Childress Doctoral Entrance Fellowship was established in 2016 through the generous bequest of the Dr. Max E. Childress, (MD. C.M. 1940). The Childress fellowships are awarded to the three top ranked applicants accepted to our Ph.D.program (CGPA> 3.70) and are valued at $32,000 for the first year of doctoral studies in Physiology and are non-renewable. The Childress endowment contributes $20,000 and the graduate supervisor contributes $12,000, for a total $32,000 award. No application is required since this award is determined at the time of review of Admission applications. Students who already have an existing scholarship will not qualify for this award. Non-Quebec Canadian M.Sc. and International M.Sc. and Ph.D. students awarded the Childress Entrance Fellowship remain eligible for partial GEF support, depending on availability of funds
In the case where there are fewer than three qualified Ph.D students, the top ranked applicants accepted to the M.Sc. program (CGPA>3.70) will be considered. The Childress M.Sc. Entrance Fellowship is valued at $27,000 for the first year of M.Sc. studies and is non-renewable. the Childress endowment contributes $15,000 and the graduate supervisor contributes $12,000, for a total $27,000 award for the first year of M.Sc. studies and is non-renewable. No application is required since this award is determined at the time of review of Admission Applications. Students who already have an existing scholarship will not qualify for this award. Non-Quebec Canadian M.Sc. and International M.Sc and Ph.D. students awarded the Childress remain eligible for partial GEF, support, depending on availability of funds.
Dr. Richard I. Birks Fellowships in Physiology (taking into effect as of September 1, 2018)
The Birks award was established in 2008 through a generous bequest of Dr. Richard I. Birks (B.A. 1949, M.Sc. 1954, Ph.D. 1957) past Professor of Physiology. The Birks Fellowship is awarded to the fourth ranked applicant accepted to the Ph.D. or M.Sc. programs and is generally valued at $25,000-$27,000, (subject to available funds), for the first year of graduate studies in Physiology and is non-renewable. The Birks endowment contributes ~$15,000 (subject to change from year to year) and the graduate supervisor contributes $12,000, for a total $27,000 award (subject to change from year to year). No application is required since this award is determined at the time of review of Admission Applications. Students who have an existing scholarship will not qualify for this award. Non-Quebec Canadian M.Sc. and International M.Sc. and Ph.D. students awarded the R. I Birks Fellowship remain eligible for partial GEF support, depending on availability of funds.
Fellowships & Awards
These are awarded by federal, provincial or private agencies that rely on McGill to recommend candidates For further information please refer to: http://www.mcgill.ca /gps/funding /students-postdocs/students or consult the Graduate Fellowships and Awards Calendar at: http://coursecalendar.mcgill.ca/fellowships201213/wwhelp/wwhimpl/js/html/wwhelp.htm
McGill Fellowships (Internal)
Awarded by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or the Faculty of Medicine either through nomination by academic departments or by student application directly to GPS. These are listed in the Fellowships Calendar on the GPS Funding website https://www.mcgill.ca/internalawards/
Tomlinson Fellowship (application required)
The Tomlinson Fellowships are recruitment fellowships for Doctoral and Postdoctoral research. For more information please visit www.mcgill.ca/medresearch/graduate/funding/tomlinson-o
Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentships
Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentships are offered to highly qualified graduate students who are registered full time in a research training program leading to an M.Sc or Ph.D degree. For more information regarding eligibility and application forms please visit www.mcgill.ca/medresearch/graduate/funding/studentship.
Differential Fee Waivers
Differential fee waivers are restricted to international graduate students at McGill whose visa status requires them to pay full international tuition fee. This permits the international student to pay fees at the Quebec rate. They must be within Curriculum Year 1-3 (for Ph.d) or Curriculum Year 1 (for M.Sc.). Eligible international students are automatically considered, depending on the number of DFW's available. Since these are awarded based exclusively on department nominations, there are no application forms provided/required. For more info please visit www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students-postdocs/students/dfw.
Great Travel Awards
Funds allocated to departments by the Faculty of Medicine. Funds disbursed to students helps cover student travel to conferences and workshops. Students must be registered full time in M.Sc 1-3 or Ph.D 1-7, in good standing and not in time limitation at the time of travel and when the award is paid. Students are notified when they can apply for this award. For further information, please visit http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/fac-staff/awards/great
Each year the department offers a limited number of positions as Teaching Assistants in undergraduate labs or lecture classes. Please scroll through our posting (Fall, 2018, PDF). If you wish to apply please use the application form (PDF).
This program allows students with financial need access to clerical, research, technical, library or other jobs on campus. For more information please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/studentaid/workstudy.
Effective July 15, 2012 financial aid for international students will be transferred to the Scholarship and Student Aid Office (SSAO) Suite 3200 on the 3rd floor of Brown Student Services Building, for need-based aid for international students. Services include counselling and financial wellness, merit-based entrance scholarships, government aid administration and need-based McGill aid through bursaries, loans, workstudy and fee deferrals. For enquiries please call: (514) 398-6013 or e-mail student.aid [at] mcgill.ca
The Canadian Bureau for International Education produces a free brochure entitled "Study in Canada'", available on the web at http://www.cbie-bcei.ca/ or upon request to: CBIE, 220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1100, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9 Tel: (613) 237-4820. In addition, information on opportunities for financial assistance available to international students and fellows can be found in the UNESCO publication "Study Abroad", available for consultation in many national libraries around the world. "Study Abroad" can be purchased directly from UNESCO distributors in member countries. International students may also find some general information regarding University study in Canada at various Canadian consulates and embassy offices abroad.
International Fee Exemptions - See the following site for information:
Fees include: Society fees, student services, registration & transcript charges, copyright fee & information, technology charge for full-time students. For details see http://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/ . The University reserves the right to make changes without notice in the published scale of fees or insurance premiums.
Publications on Policies on Rights and Responsibilities: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/srr/personalrights
Disagreement Resolution Procedures
These procedures are intended to aid in the resolution of conflicts between graduate students and their supervisors (or supervisory committees) as outlined in 8.1.3(v) of the Graduate Student Calendar. It is important to remember that students should always attempt to resolve such conflicts within their department before seeking outside assistance, and the confidentiality of the issues raised at each step will be ensured to the greatest extent possible.
If you find yourself in a conflict with your supervisor or supervisory committee, you should follow these steps, in this order.
1. Informal discussions with your supervisor. Discuss the matter tactfully with the supervisor - he/she is often unaware of the problem and will usually be happy to help find a satisfactory solution.
2. Discussion with the Graduate Program Director. If the Graduate Program Director is unable to resolve the problem, it may be appropriate for you to then meet with your thesis committee.
3. Discussion with the Department Chair. The chair should attempt to resolve the conflict, either by providing mediation or making alternative arrangements for the continued supervision of the student if the student is otherwise performing satisfactorily in the program. If your supervisor also acts as Graduate Program Director or Department Chair and you cannot resolve the problem with him/her, then skip step 3.
4. Informal meeting with the Associate Dean. (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) or the Ombudsperson - www.mcgill.ca/ombudsperson Tel: 514-398-7059; fax: 514-398-1946 - Browns Student Services Buildings, Room 5202. Under these circumstances, an informal meeting outside the department is often all that is required for both sides to reach an agreement. If further steps are warranted, the Associate Dean or Ombudsperson will then advise you to that effect.
Grad Supervision website: the newly updated Supervision website provides comprehensive evidence-based information about supervisors best practices, policies, roles and responsibilities, and resources for both students and supervisors.
SKILLSETS: SKILLSETS provides interdisciplinary professional development offerings to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. There are over 250 free professional skills events and workshops throughout the year.
Academic Integrity: McGill University is committed to academic integrity. All students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating and plagiarism. For detailed information see http://www.mcgill.ca/students/srr/honest
Research Associate Posting
Research Associate Posting to work in Dr. Reza Sharif Naeini Lab. For more information please see Posting