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:

  • Hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree, or be on track to graduate with one, before August 2022.
  • 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 16, 2021 Applications open
September 22, 2021 McCall MacBain application deadline
October 7, 2021 York University endorsement deadline (York candidates will be emailed with the endorsement result)
If you’re a successful candidate regional interviews will be held:
  • November 6 - Halifax
  • November 5 - Winnipeg
  • November 13 - Calgary
  • November 14 - Vancouver
  • November 20 - Toronto
  • November 26 - Online interviews for out of country candidates
  • November 27 - Montreal
March 24-26, 2022 Final interviews in Montréal
Varying timeline Confirmation of acceptance to an eligible program at McGill University
September 2022 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:

Information Session with First Peoples' House

Join the session to discover the McCall MacBain Scholarships and First Peoples' House at McGill!
When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 3 to 4 p.m. EDT

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