McGill university Scholarships Programs 2021

McGill university Scholarships Programs 2021

McGill university offers a wide variety of services to support student success and well-being.

These scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement.

Major entrance scholarships
A separate application that must be submitted soon after submitting your application for admission.

This single entrance scholarship application is used for consideration for all major entrance awards listed in the Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards Calendar.

How to apply for the major entrance scholarships

  1. After you submit your application for admission to McGill, you will receive an email acknowledging your application.
    This email will provide you with your:
    McGill ID number
    PIN used to log on to Minerva
  2. Log on to Minerva and go to: Applicant> Apply for Major Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship. Here is a sample preview of the application form (PDF).
  3. You will be prompted to provide specific information which may include some or all of the following:
  4. A factual list of your school activities and community / volunteer involvement for the last three academic years (including athletic / artistic and other activities)
  5. A general essay either on a contemporary or historical figure that influenced / inspired you, or on a memorable event / experience which provided you with a new outlook on life
  6. A one-page letter of reference that you have written – for yourself – in the third person
  7. Concerning grades and transcripts, please see McGill’s Admission site.
  8. For applicants from high schools outside Canada and the U.S.A .: upload all your transcripts to Minerva.
  9. For US high school applicants (from a school located in the U.S.A.): self-report your grades in Minerva.
  10. Rest of Canada applicants: self-report your grades in Minerva.
  11. Ontario and Quebec applicants: wait for the marks from Ontario and Quebec governments.
  12. Your referees or school administrator must email your reference letters (and statements of rank, only if available) to (and quote your McGill ID number). These documents must be:
  13. typed on official letterhead stationery
  14. duly signed and converted to PDF
  15. Applications for major scholarships are reviewed by members of the selection committees that determine the finalists. Finalists may be interviewed.
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Students who apply for, but do not receive, a major scholarship will automatically be considered for a one-year scholarship. No additional application is required.

Deadlines and documentation

The supporting documentation required to apply for major entrance scholarships varies according to region, as do the deadlines for submission. Please refer to the following chart to find out what and when you need to submit:

Applicant TypeDocuments requiredScholarships DeadlineAdmission deadline
Applicants from Quebec CEGEPsTwo letters of referenceMarch 7*March 1
Applicants from schools in Ontario and in the rest of CanadaTwo letters of referenceSigned statement from your school (if available)February 7*February 1
Applicants from schools outside of CanadaTwo letters of referenceSigned statement from your school (if available)January 21*January 15

Documentation requirements:

  • Two letters of reference: One academic and one activity-related letter of reference. Letters should be typed on letterhead stationery, duly signed and converted to PDF, then submitted directly by the referees to
  • Ranking/Signed statement: A signed statement from your school indicating the size of your class and your class rank, if your school provides such information. All documents should be provided on school letterheadPlease note: If your school does not rank or if the class rank is available on a student’s transcript, there is no need for any statement.

the further information please contact the Scholarships Office.

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