Based in the stunning city of Montreal in Quebec, McGill University is a globally renowned public research university that was originally founded in 1821. Interestingly, the university is one of the two institutions of higher education outside the United States that are members of the Association of American Universities (along with the University of Toronto). Since its inception, the university has expanded into an intellectual hub with an outstanding academic reputation. In the majority of university rankings, McGill has constantly been ranked among the top 50 universities of the world as well as one of the top 3 universities in Canada.
Currently, McGill University provides education for more than 40,000 students. Students have access to over 300 programs of study within the faculties of art, science, engineering, medicine, and management. The university has an outstanding international reputation with a foreign student community that forms approximately 30% of the total student community. With partnerships of more than 160 universities across the world, the university is reputed for its international connections that allow a wealth of study abroad and exchange programs.
This article includes a description of important McGill University scholarships. Additionally, students should go through the undergraduate and postgraduate academic prospectuses for information regarding admission into the university.
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McGill University Undergraduate Scholarships
1. One-year Entrance Scholarships
A major undergraduate scholarship at McGill University awarded to students, particularly from outside Canada, is the One-Year Entrance Scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded to students who enter McGill University for the first time when taking their undergraduate courses, mainly for full-time studies. As such, exchange, transfer and part-time students are not eligible for these scholarships.
The financial awards range from CAD 3000 to 10,000 depending on the nature of the award and the student.
In order to be considered for entrance McGill University scholarships, students are required to apply for admission into McGill University by the stated deadlines. Applications after this deadline will not be transferred for scholarship consideration. Students are considered only on the basis of high academic merit.
No separate application is required for this program. Students are automatically considered for the scholarship based on their admission application and included academic information. The scholarship is valid only for one year and recipients of the scholarship can only receive one type. Further information can be found on the linked website.
2. Atlantic Provinces Scholarships
The Atlantic Provinces Scholarship is a specific sub-type of entrance scholarship. This program was established in memory of Eldon Main Taylor (B.S.A. 1918, LL.D. 1956). These McGill University scholarships are awarded on an annual basis by the Scholarships & Student Aid Office to students who have received an offer of admission to study an undergraduate degree program at the MacDonald Campus of McGill University.
The scholarship amount varies based on the student’s situation and academic merit.
Students should have received an offer of admission to pursue an undergraduate program specifically within the MacDonald campus. Additionally, preference will be given to students from the Atlantic region and international students. The award is offered based on strong academic achievements.
No separate application is required for the scholarship. Students are automatically considered based on their application for admission.
3. McCall MacBain Prestige Entrance Scholarships
This exceptional entrance scholarship program was first established in 1995 by John H. McCall MacBain (BA from McGill University in 1980). MacBain was an alumnus and former President of the University’s McGill Students’ Society as well as Rhodes Scholar. This scholarship program is primarily awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic potential and are to enter the Faculty of Arts for undergraduate studies.
The estimated value of the awards are CAD 10,000 each year.
These undergraduate scholarships at McGill University are open to all students with attempts to balance the award between Canadian national students and international students. Students should have received an offer of admission to study an undergraduate degree program at the Faculty of Arts. Consideration is made based on the academic potential as well as extracurricular activities and community leadership potential of the student.
As of now, no separate application is required for the scholarship program. However, students are encouraged to refer to the university website or directly enquire from the university for further information and updates.
4. The Robert H. Lennox & Elizabeth Graham Lennox Scholarships in Science & Nursing
This scholarship program is another example of an entrance scholarship conferred to undergraduates at McGill University. It was established in 2007 by Elizabeth Graham Lennox in memory of her late husband Robert H. Lennox who studied at the university (BSc 1941, MD, CM, Dip. Med 1946). Through this foundation, the university offers two scholarships to outstanding current undergraduate within the Faculty of Science and the BSc in Nursing program and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. This is carried out by the Faculty of Sciences Scholarships committee and the Ingram School of Nursing Scholarships committee.
Two scholarships are awarded annually with a financial package of CAD 2500 per scholarship.
Students should have completed at least one year of their BSc program within the Faculty of Science or completed at least one year of the BSc in Nursing program. Preference is given to international students although students from all backgrounds can apply for this.
These scholarships are applied to through direct enquiry at the Faculty of Science. Students are encouraged to contact the relevant departments of study for further information regarding the application process and the accurate deadlines.
Finally, further information for all undergraduate scholarships can be found on this guide for the academic year of 2021.
McGill University Postgraduate Scholarships
1. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships
These are one of the few McGill University scholarships for postgraduate international students.
The annual value of the scholarship is approximately CAD 60,000 for each scholar. An annual travel allowance of CAD 20,000 is also given. This is tenable for up to 3 years.
Students should have been accepted into a full-time doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences. The doctoral research should additionally focus on specific themes that are listed within the scholarship website. Canadian as well as non-Canadian/international students are eligible to apply.
Students due to study a PhD program within the social science or humanities faculties.
Students are encouraged to refer to the scholarship details for a step-by-step guide as well as key documents to submit. An application portal is used to access the application form for the scholarship. While there is no key selection process, students must inform the relevant academic department of their intention to apply.
2. Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill
This scholarship program for postgraduate students was established to honor and award individuals from Africa who are committed to becoming future leaders that would foster their region’s development after graduation.
McGill University scholarships include financial support for tuition fees, internships, leadership development, faculty mentorship and peer mentorship.
Prospective scholars should be from Sub-Saharan Africa who are due to study a Masters level program at the university. While English proficiency is encouraged, scholars from originally French-speaking countries will receive English language training at the university as well.
Prospective Master’s degree students
The scholarship process includes a complex nomination system for all students. As such, students who are interested are advised to go through the scholarship website for application information.
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