McCall MacBain Scholarships Information

The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill University are Canada’s first leadership-driven scholarship for master’s and professional degree students. This scholarship application process is for students who are developing expertise in their respective fields, have a track record of taking initiative, and seek to collaborate with others to understand and address important problems and challenges. The McCall MacBain Scholarships includes:

  • Tuition and fees for the full normal duration of the master’s or professional program
  • A living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms
  • A one-time relocation grant for moving to Montréal

Please find information about the McCall MacBain Scholarships criteria, application requirements, and more below:

Studying at McGill University

Before you begin your scholarship application, you must do some research about academic programs at McGill University to learn which program best fits your interests and goals. The more you know about what you want to study, the better your application will be.

Who can Apply?

To check the requirements for the application and to see if you meet the requirements for the scholarship, please review all relevant details on the McCall MacBain website.

To be eligible to apply for our 2025 cohort, you will need to meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You are a current student on track to earn your first bachelor’s degree by August 2025
  • You earned your first bachelor’s degree in the last five years (January 2019 or later)
  • You earned your first bachelor’s degree more than five years ago, and are 30 years or younger in 2024
  • You will also need to meet the minimum degree and language requirements for McGill master’s program admission.
Your Referees
It is very important for your referees to see your completed application dossier as background for drafting their letters of support. The more they know about you as a whole person, the better they will be able to support your application with a detailed letter of reference. It is strongly recommended that you prepare your application materials before your referees need to write their letters.
Application Timelines & Deadlines

Please review the McCall MacBain website for deadlines and information.

Please note: We highly recommend that you begin the application process well in advance of these deadlines and we encourage you to reach out if you need any support during the process.

Date Application Process
June 1, 2024 Applications open
August 21, 2024 International Scholarship Application Deadline
September 25, 2024 Canada and United States Application Deadline
October 2024 York University endorsement deadline (York candidates will be emailed with the endorsement result)

If you’re a successful candidate, you will be invited to a regional interview between October - December. These interviews are by invitation only and will be held in-person for Canadian applicants, and online for International applicants.

More details can be found on the Regional Interviews page on the McCall MacBain Scholars website.

March 2025 Final interviews in Montréal
Varying timeline Confirmation of acceptance to an eligible program at McGill University
September 2025 Successful scholars arrive on campus at McGill University (with a few exceptions for scholars whose classes begin in the summer)
Additional Information

In addition to McCall MacBain Scholarships, there will be regional and finalist awards to promising candidates throughout the selection process.

  • The regional award is a one-time $5,000 entrance award for graduate study at any Canadian public university.
  • The finalist award is a one-time $10,000 entrance award for graduate study at McGill University.
Information Sessions

McCall MacBain offers information sessions for students that would like to learn more about the scholarships. View a list of Upcoming Events to find an information session that's best for you. 


Still have questions about the McCall MacBain scholarships process for York University students? Email the Office of the Vice Provost Students at