Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The McCall MacBain Scholarships enable students to pursue a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill University, while connecting with mentors and participating in an intensive leadership development program.

The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers tuition and fees for an eligible master’s program or a second-entry professional undergraduate program at McGill as well as a living stipend of $2,000 CAD per month during academic terms. Scholars also participate in an intensive leadership development program, connect with mentors and advisors, and participate in a breadth of workshops and talks.

The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers over 150 different master’s programs and 3 second-entry professional undergraduate programs at McGill’s downtown and Macdonald campuses. The program must be pursued full-time and consist of 45 credits or more. See this overview of eligible programs.

For questions about a specific program, please email [email protected].

McCall MacBain Scholarship applicants must apply separately and be admitted to their desired graduate program(s) at McGill. Please visit the McGill Graduate Admissions website to review program requirements.

For 2023 admission: Applicants must meet the minimum degree and language requirements for McGill master’s program admission. You must have a bachelor’s degree or its recognized equivalent, or be on track to complete it by August 2023.

Applicants must meet the GPA (and other) requirements of their desired program at McGill.

You must apply separately and be admitted to an eligible graduate program at McGill University. You should review your desired program’s admission requirements, including but not limited to GPA, well in advance.

Keep in mind that one of the five selection criteria for the scholarships is “academic strength and intellectual curiosity”. We will look for evidence of this throughout your application, including transcripts.

The measure of academic strength is not limited to a narrow focus on GPA. While GPA is important, we are interested in the fit with your proposed graduate program, as well as the breadth and difficulty of the courses taken alongside your other commitments. Of course, we recognize that some programs offer more opportunity for breadth than others.

Yes, but you must apply for a full-time eligible graduate program at McGill. Award recipients must pursue their studies full-time.

You may apply if you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, but you intend to start a new eligible graduate program in the following year.

This scholarship is for students who intend to start an eligible graduate program in the following year.

Yes. You will have to be applying to McGill for an eligible graduate program that starts the following year. Like all applicants, you will be asked to show in your application how the proposed program will help lay the foundation for your long-term goals and aspirations.

Absolutely. Most people will apply for the scholarship before they apply to a graduate program at McGill. It will be necessary to apply by the program’s deadline, or in December 2022 at the latest if you are selected for final interviews.

In most cases, yes, assuming you still meet the eligibility criteria and you update and resubmit your application.

There are two exceptions:

  • Candidates who accepted a Regional Award in a previous year;
  • Candidates who accepted an invitation to attend final interviews in a previous year.

These candidates may not re-apply in future years. Other candidates, including those who declined a Regional Award in a previous year, may re-apply.

Current students and recent graduates (those who graduated in 2021 or 2022) must be endorsed by their university. Canadian universities, American universities, and the partner universities listed on our Campus Contacts page are invited to endorse multiple candidates for this scholarship. The timing and process of the endorsement depends on the university. Please start your application early to see personalized information about the endorsement process for your school. The application will open on June 1st for September 2023 admission. You may be required to seek an endorsement from a fellowship advisor or a senior member of the university administration. If so, you will need to enter a university contact and submit an online endorsement request when applying. Guidance will be available in the online application. Alumni who graduated in 2020 or earlier do not require a university endorsement.

The university representative is typically a senior member of the administration (President, Provost, Vice-Provost, Dean). At American universities, a fellowship advisor may submit the endorsement. Please email [email protected] if you have questions regarding the representative at a specific university.

No. Current students and recent graduates (those who graduated in 2021 or 2022) must be endorsed by their university.

Alumni who graduated in 2020 or earlier do not require a university endorsement.

Yes, McCall MacBain Scholars may accept up to $10,000 per year in additional merit-based funding. There is no limit to additional funding McCall MacBain Scholars may accept based on financial need.

Eligible psychology-related programs include:

McGill University does not offer a master’s program in Clinical Psychology. Students interested in the PhD in Clinical Psychology are encouraged to consult the department’s guide to funding.

More questions?

Sign up for an information session to speak with McCall MacBain Scholarships staff or email us at [email protected]