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 an eligible masters or professional program at McGill University;
  • Living stipend of $2000/month; and
  • Comprehensive enrichment program including mentorship, interdisciplinary learning, and access to a global community.

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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.

York candidates must:

  • 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 minimum degree and language requirements for McGill master’s program admission. The majority of programs at McGill require a 3.0/4.0 or 3.2 in the last two years
    • For some of the more competitive programs, the GPA requirement is higher – please ensure you research the GPA requirement for the program your interested in. For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, please review the McCall MacBain Scholarship website.
  • You are interested in applying for admission to an eligible full-time master’s or professional program at McGill University.
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, 2022 Applications open
August 25, 2022 International Scholarship Applications Due
September 21, 2022 McCall MacBain application deadline
September 21, 2022 York University endorsement deadline (York candidates will be emailed with the endorsement result)

If you’re a successful candidate regional interviews will be held:

Most Canadian semi-finalists will participate in in-person regional interviews, while most international semi-finalists will have their regional interviews online. The interview region depends on where you attend or attended university.

  • Latin America and the Caribbean (online): October 5-6
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (online): October 11-12
  • South Asia (online): October 18-19
  • East Asia, Southeast Asia & Oceania (online): October 25-26
  • Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia & Russia (online): October 26-27
  • Canada – Atlantic (in-person, Halifax): November 5
  • Canada – Prairies (in-person, Winnipeg): November 5
  • Europe & UK (online): November 6-8
  • United States – East (online): November 8-9
  • Canada – Alberta (in-person, Edmonton): November 12
  • Canada – British Columbia (in-person, Vancouver): November 13
  • United States – West (online): November 15-16
  • Canada – Ontario (in-person, Toronto): November 19
  • Canada – Québec (in-person, Montréal): November 26
  • Canadians abroad and international students at Canadian universities (online): December 2 
March 8-12, 2023 Final interviews in Montréal
Varying timeline Confirmation of acceptance to an eligible program at McGill University
September 2023 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. Register for an upcoming session:


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