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McGill University Scholarships: Entrance and In-course Scholarships, Benefits, Application, Eligibility

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
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McGill University is truly committed to lending support to international students with their education and stay in one of the coveted countries for higher studies, Canada. For the academic year 2017-2018, McGill University offered 119M CAD in scholarships, fellowships, and bursaries. Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral program students are offered various McGill University scholarships in the form of entrance and in-course studentships. 

It is one of the few universities in Canada which offers the majority of its scholarships to in-course students and not incoming students. Furthermore, 95% of entrance based McGill University Scholarships are awarded based on the application submitted for admission at McGill University.

Aside from the McGill University scholarships, international students are also eligible for government-based scholarships. This is especially for masters and doctoral students as they are majorly offered McGill in-course scholarships and no entrance scholarships.

McGill University Scholarships for Bachelor Students

To the international students entering a bachelor program at McGill, various entrance scholarship programs are offered by the university. These McGill University Scholarships range from 2,000 CAD to 10,000 CAD.

Incoming students must note that McGill Entrance scholarships are awarded purely on the basis of academic merit (except for Major Entrance scholarship where leadership skills are also considered). An applicant’s financial need is not taken into consideration.

Some significant McGill University Undergraduate Scholarships have been tabulated below:

Scholarship NameBenefits (in CAD)
One-year Entrance Scholarship3,000
Major Entrance Scholarships3,000; 5,000;10,000; 12,000
Dr. Soo Kim Lan Entrance Scholarship2,000
MCCall Macbain Prestige Entrance Scholarship10,000
Arthur and Crystal Lau Scholarships2,000
McGill Faculty Major Entrance Bursaries10,000
Sham Chellaram Entrance ScholarshipVaries

To be eligible for the above listed McGill University Scholarships, you must be entering the university for the first time as a full-time student. Diploma, Mature, Transfer, Part-time, Exchange, and visiting students are not eligible.

Finalists of McGill Entrance Scholarships over 5,000 CAD will be invited for an interview session.

McGill University In-course Scholarships for Bachelor students

At the end of every academic year, each faculty awards a wide range of McGill University Scholarships to their in-course/continuing students. Selections for scholarship awards are based on

  • The combined GPA for the Fall and Winter semesters
  • Enrolled program’s content
  • Number of credits (completion of at least 27 graded credits is a must)

Generally, a maximum of the top 10% of the students in each faculty, based on the above factors, are named to the Dean's Honour List. Few of the McGill University in-course scholarships for bachelor students are:

Scholarship NameBenefits (in CAD)Faculty
Chandra Madramootoo ScholarshipVariesFaculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science
CAE Scholarship in Engineering Excellence2,000 (minimum value)Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Department of Mechanical Engineering
A.S. Lamb ScholarshipsVariesFaculty of Education
Hope Barrington Scholarship2,000Faculty of Arts
Leslie Family Scholarship in Engineering2,700Faculty of Engineering

All the McGill University in-course scholarships are given with the help of generous donations and contributions of McGill Alumni, trusts, etc.

McGill University Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Students

Graduate funding at McGill University is managed by every academic department individually. Presently, McGill University scholarships, at the masters and doctoral level, are only available in the form of the in-course scholarship program.

McGill Entrance Scholarships are NOT available for incoming graduate studentsExcept for McGill University International Entrance Scholarship program for incoming MBA Students.

McGill University In-course Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Students

With almost 200 McGill University scholarships for in-course scholarships, the university tries that each and every master and the doctoral student is rewarded.

To be considered McGill University in-course scholarships at the graduate level, students must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

International students who have submitted evidence of financial capacity at the time of the Canadian student visa process will not be considered for the scholarships in their initial 12 months of the program.

Some of the McGill University in-course scholarships for Masters and Doctoral students are:

Scholarship NameBenefitsFaculty
John Bonsall Porter ScholarshipVariesEngineering
Norbert Schoenauer And David Farley Fellowship In Architecture4,000 CAD Architecture
Lionel Pelham Kent Scholarship2,500 CADManagement
Lorne Trottier Engineering Graduate Fellowships15,000 CADEngineering
Sheila Wellington BMO Financial Group Award6,000 CAD MBA

The application process is similar for most of these McGill University Scholarships. To apply for the graduate in-course scholarships,

  • Select financial aid tab> Apply for McGill Financial Aid> Apply for in-course aid.
  • Update your financial aid profile and submit the application.
    • You will be prompted to make an appointment with McGill’s Financial aid counselor.
  • In the meeting, discuss your financial aid budget. In-course applications will also be reviewed.

Students are welcome to apply for in-course McGill University Scholarships any time of the academic year.

External Scholarships accepted at McGill University

It is true that compared to other universities in Canada, the number of scholarships at McGill University is less for incoming international students. However, students who are unable to receive financial aid through McGill University Scholarships can opt for external scholarship programs.

Masters and Doctoral students at McGill University are highly encouraged to explore the external scholarships offered by various foundations and the Canadian government. Few of the popular scholarships are:

External ScholarshipBenefitsLevel of Study
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships5,000 CAD per yearDoctoral
Ontario Graduate Scholarships15,000 CADMasters and Doctoral 
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships70,000 CAD per year (taxable)doctoral

Therefore, with high funding external scholarships and various McGill University Scholarships, international students can easily pursue their undergraduate and graduate studies at the university.

Scholarships Offered


McGill Faculty Major Entrance Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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McGill University International Entrance Awards


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 10

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(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 10

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FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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QS Leadership Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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Ontario Graduate Fellowship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $8,459
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Rotary Foundation Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: N/A
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 6

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Aga khan Foundation Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $150
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 3000

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Go Clean Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $3,500
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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BrokerFish International student scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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VueVille Future Technology Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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Bhajan Lal Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 20

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Debesh Kamal Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,385
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $35,393
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: N/A
  • Number of Scholarships: 166

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JN Tata Endowment Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Forte Fellowship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $24,623
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 3

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Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $52,637
  • Type: N/A
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 70

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Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Paul Foundation scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $20,174
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Diploma
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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