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 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.

The 2021/22 eligibility criteria were:

  • Have Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada
  • Have a bachelor’s degree, or be on track to complete it by August 2022

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. The 2021/22 candidates who invited to final interviews in March (notifications are made by the end of November) will be asked to submit their applications to McGill no later than the end of December 2021.

Yes, you can apply. You must provide confirmation of your PR or refugee status by November 30, 2021 to be invited to final interviews. Applicants may also be asked to confirm the status of their application prior to regional interviews (e.g., acknowledgement of receipt letter or confirmation email with an application number).

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 2020 or 2021) must be endorsed by their university. This process is automatic at Canadian universities, and it takes place after the application deadline. At these universities, you do not need to contact your university to initiate the endorsement.

Applicants at universities outside of Canada are required to seek an endorsement from a fellowship advisor or a senior member of the university administration. Guidance will be available in the online application.

Alumni who graduated in 2019 or earlier do not require a university endorsement.

The university representative is typically a senior member of the administration (President, Provost, Vice-Provost, Dean).

For general scholarship advice, please see this list of campus contacts for applicants. Please note: if your application requires endorsement by a Canadian university, it will be forwarded automatically to the university once you have completed it.

No. Current students and recent graduates must be endorsed by their university. This process is automatic at Canadian universities, and it takes place after the application deadline. At these universities, you do not need to contact your university to initiate the endorsement.

Applicants at all other universities outside of Canada are required to seek an endorsement from a fellowship advisor or a senior member of the university administration. Guidance will be available in the online application.

Alumni who graduated more than two years prior 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.

More questions?

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