Fees and Financial Support
The tuition fees at McGill are regulated by the Québec Provincial Government. They are set at a rather low level relative to other North American universities. Numbers given below are for the 2014-2015 year. The most up-to-date information on fees may be obtained from http://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/fees/.
The Department of Physics currently provides tuition fee subsidies to out-of-province Canadian MSc students and International students such that the tuition amount paid is identical to that of a Quebec resident. In summary, all graduate students in physics pay the same tuition amount and miscellaneous fees, while health insurance may differ from student to student.
In addition to tuition fee assistance outlined above for out-of-province and international students, financial support for every graduate student is made up of three components: their Teaching Assistantship (TA), their Research Assistantship stipend (RA), and their scholarships/awards (if applicable).
Every eligible graduate student is entitled to a $4,800 TAship totalling 180 TA hours over the course of the academic year. Students may choose to forfeit their TAship. Masters students are eligible to TA for the first 2 years of their program while PhD students are eligible for the first 3 to 4 years. The maximum number of years that a student can TA cannot exceed 5 years.
For 2014-2015 non scholarship students will receive a $17,700 research assistantship (RA). This stipend is adjusted each year to take into account inflation and tuition increases.
Scholarships, Awards and Top-Ups
Students holding awards and scholarships will have their RA adjusted such that the total of the scholarships and the RA matches the RA offered to non-scholarship students. Scholarship and award recipients are also given an award top-up bonus as described below. Holders of NSERC and FQRNT scholarships with a value of less than $25,000/year automatically receive an award top-up bonus of $6,500. Holders of other scholarships and awards will receive an award top-up bonus equivalent to 20% of the value of their awards, up to a maximum total amount of award+top-up of $30k. Top-up bonus for holders of scholarships and fellowships of a value greater than $30,000 is left at the discretion of the supervisor.
Example Funding Scenarios
There are currently two pay schedules. TA support is paid in every two weeks while all others are paid twice a month. Note that the total amount you receive in a month varies during the year. For example, TA support is paid from September 1st to April 30th, whereas other support such as RA or fellowships is paid throughout the year, leading to a smaller amount in the summer months. Other variations in the amount of the pay cheque (up to a few hundred dollars) can occur at other times in the school year.
Some Available Scholarships and Fellowships
There is a wide range of scholarships/fellowships available for excellent students.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply for NSERC scholarships and those who are residents of Québec should also compete for FQRNT scholarships. The annual award amounts are currently:
There are also scholarships available for international students. For as comprehensive list, please visit the McGill international funding webpage. The Department has also other fellowships and scholarships available to new and continuing students.