McCall MacBain Scholarships 2024

McCall MacBain Scholarships 2024, June 2 2023





The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill are Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarships for master’s and professional degree studies. The scholarship program brings together a diverse group of scholars who aspire to lead with purpose – those who have demonstrated leadership potential and an inner drive to make a positive impact in other peoples’ lives.

The scholarships were announced in February 2019 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, through a landmark gift of $200 million. At the time, it was the single largest gift in Canadian history. Based on their work over the years with some of the top scholarships around the world – such as the Rhodes Scholarships in Oxford, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships in Cape Town, and the Kupe Scholarships in New Zealand – they felt it was crucial that Canada have a comprehensive master’s-level scholarship that builds on, but is not limited to, academic excellence.

The McCall MacBain Scholarship is a full scholarship for your master’s or professional studies. Applications open June 1, 2023. Students and graduates of Canadian and U.S. universities, as well as Canadians abroad, must apply by September 27. All other applicants must apply by August 24.

The McCall MacBain Scholarships bring together exceptional students who strive to engage in positive change by taking on meaningful leadership roles. McCall MacBain Scholars connect with mentors and participate in an interdisciplinary leadership program while pursuing a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill University.

Applications are now open for September 2024 admission.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for our 2024 cohort, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You are a current student on track to earn your first bachelor’s degree by August 2024
  • You earned your first bachelor’s degree in the last five years (January 2018 or later)
  • You earned your first bachelor’s degree more than five years ago, and are 30 years or younger in 2023

You will also need to meet the minimum degree and language requirements for McGill master’s program admission.



We’re looking for:


Do you value excellence, hard work, service, and lifelong learning? Do you strive to act with integrity, honesty, and empathy? Do you have the tenacity to pursue long-term goals? Are you willing to take meaningful risks?

Do you value working for and with others to address challenges facing a community? Do you pursue a breadth and depth of interests, through your activities outside the classroom?


Do you believe in working with and leading others towards a common goal? Are you ready to take on tough leadership roles to advance meaningful change? Are you driven to help others and to develop the potential of those you lead?


Are you able to identify unmet needs and motivate others in developing creative solutions to address those needs? Do you believe in forging new paths and not being held back by fear of failure?


Do you have a deep interest in and curiosity about people, ideas, and the world around you? Are you interested in working with people who have different perspectives? Is there a good fit between your proposed graduate program, your qualifications, and your future plans?



Applications are now open for the 2024 cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars. Up to 30 full scholarships and 100 other awards, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, will be offered for Summer / Fall 2024 entry to McGill University.

Our full scholarships cover tuition, a living stipend of $2,000 per month, summer funding options, mentorship, a leadership program, and much more.




How to Apply

The McCall MacBain Scholarship application is available online from June to August / September 2023 for Summer / Fall 2024 admission. It is separate from McGill admissions, and two reference forms are required. Find out more about the application.


About the Application


At the start of the application, we ask for personal information about you and your family members.

We’re asking because we want to understand more about you. We recognize that everyone’s journey to graduate school is different, and this information will help us understand some of the influences that helped shape who you are today.


2. Activities, Work Experience, and Breaks

You’ll be asked to share your community activities, extra-curricular activities, work history, and any breaks you’ve taken. We want to understand more about how you spend your time outside of the classroom.

Remember, there is no one right set of activities. We want to know about your responsibilities, accomplishments, and motivations. Similar to other parts of the application, we’ll be looking for evidence of the selection criteria in some of the experiences you share with us.


3. Short Essays

You’ll submit several short essays of 250-300 words each.

Think of these essays as opportunities to reflect on who you are. Tell us about your goals, influences, meaningful experiences, and a significant “course correction”. You can expand on activities you listed elsewhere in your application or provide new examples.

Make sure to tell us what happened. We want to know what your role was, what you actually did, who else was involved, and more.



You’ll be asked to upload all transcripts (PDF files) from your university studies. We accept both official and unofficial transcripts.

Keep in mind that we are not solely focusing on your GPA. While GPA is important, we are interested in the fit with your proposed graduate program, as well as the breadth and difficulty of the courses taken alongside your other commitments. Of course, we recognize that some programs offer more opportunity for breadth than others.

You can always provide context for your university transcripts, if needed.


Application Deadlines for 2024 Admission

Canada and United States

Students and graduates of universities in Canada and the United States, as well as Canadians abroad, should apply by:

September 27, 2023



Students and graduates of universities located in other countries should apply by:

August 24, 2023








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