Prospective Graduate Students

Financial Matters

The Graduate Program in Psychology consists of two terms per year. Tuition for the first three or four years of residency vary from approximately $3200 per year for Quebec students, $6300 per year for out-of province Canadians in the Masters program and $3200 per year for the doctoral program; $11300 per year for International students in the Masters and $10600 for International students in the Doctoral programs, respectively. Tuition for additional session is $2800 per year for Canadian and $2300 for International students, respectively. This may change slightly in the future. This does not include assorted fees amounting to about $800 per year.

Working toward a PhD is a full-time occupation, so the department tries to ensure (but cannot guarantee) that students in good standing have enough financial support to pursue their work. Because the Department's resources are limited, applicants are well advised to seek external sources of support (i.e. fellowships). Fellowships are available to Canadians and permanent residents for the first year of graduate study, but they must be applied for in the year before a student's enrollment in the graduate program--usually about the end of September of the year before beginning graduate study. International students should make every effort to find scholarships for study abroad within their own countries. British Commonwealth students should apply for a Commonwealth Fellowship to the Association of Commonwealth Universities, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPF, England. US students who are eligible for National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Education grants.

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Some Sources of Financial Aid

Applicants who obtain an award from an external source must notify the Graduate Program Secretary immediately, preferably by telephone (514-398-6124) or e-mail (gradsec at psych.mcgill.ca).

University Support

Department of Psychology. Many students who do not obtain outside support are supported by the Department through teaching assistantships. Through a combination of these assistantships and support from the advisor's research funds, this form of support currently provides $17600 plus Canadian tuition per year. This leaves about $800 per year in assorted fees that the student must pay. The department cannot guarantee to provide this form of support for all students and will not provide it to students who cannot demonstrate that they have exercised due diligence in seeking out and applying for other sources of support.

McGill University, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Various scholarships are available to students in the department from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office. Some of these are reserved for non-Canadian applicants. It is not necessary for applicants to the Department of Psychology to apply for these awards; the department will submit applications for eligible students who are accepted in the program.

Differential Student Fee Waiver. Starting in 2007, McGill is waiving the international fees of international PhD students. No action is required by applicants themselves.

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Fellowships

Richard H. Tomlinson – The Tomlinson Fellowships are recruitment fellowships for Master's in the Faculty of Science, and for Doctoral research in any discipline.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Post Graduate Scholarships for full support are awarded to Canadian citizens or permanent residents residing in Canada. These awards are mainly for students in experimental psychology, but some areas of clinical psychology are also funded. Information and application forms are available online, as well as through psychology departments or fellowship offices at Canadian universities. The deadline in departments for applications is usually about the first week of October of the academic year before the one for which support is sought.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). SSHRC offers doctoral fellowships to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are already enrolled in or have completed at least 1 year of graduate studies. They support students in social, developmental, personality and clinical psychology, and psycholinguistics. Application forms are available online, as well as through the psychology departments or fellowships offices at Canadian Universities. The deadline in departments for applications is usually about the first week of October of the academic year before the one for which support is sought.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR doctoral fellowships are awarded to students who have completed at least 12 months of a graduate program in health-related fields, including some areas of psychology. Application forms are available online, as well as through psychology departments or fellowships offices at Canadian Universities. The deadline in departments for applications is usually about the first week of October of the academic year before the one for which support is sought.

Provincial Government Scholarships. Most provincial governments in Canada provide postgraduate scholarships for full support to current residents of their province. Most of these awards are tenable anywhere. Information can be obtained through the internet, your psychology department or from the Department of Education in your provincial capital. In Quebec, information regarding the Fonds de la Nature et Technologie (Natural Sciences and Engineering) can be found at http://www.fqrsc.gouv.qc.ca/ and information regarding the Fonds de la Société et Culture (Social Sciences and Humanities and Arts) can be found at: http://www.fqrnt.gouv.qc.ca.

The application deadline to the agency and supporting documents in departments is usually about the first week of October of the academic year before the one for which support is sought.

Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ). FRSQ fellowships are awarded to students studying for the MSc or PhD in health-related fields, including many areas of clinical psychology. Students may apply for these awards after they have been accepted to the program and can supply a letter from a faculty member agreeing to sponsor their research.

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Policy on Graduate Student Employment

Students who are supported by research funds, rather than "employed" to do specific work, are not entirely free to undertake other means of earning money. Employed students are ones who are paid to work certain hours or to do specific tasks such as testing subjects. When such employees have done the job for which they are paid, their employer is not concerned how they spend the balance of their time. Supported students do not have such specific assignments. Such students are paid to pursue graduate studies full-time. They are not free ethically to do work that would detract from their progress as graduate students.

As a matter of policy, therefore, supported students, in the sense defined above, can earn other income only with the consent of the department. Apart from small temporary jobs, such extra work can be justified only by exceptional financial need or by other special requirements.

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