The information contained on this web page pertains to the 2021 McCall MacBain Scholarships and includes the steps required for applicants seeking institutional endorsement through the University of Waterloo.
- Scholarship overview
- Evaluation criteria
- Eligibility criteria
- Application process
- Institutional endorsement
- Helpful resources
Announced in 2019, the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill University are Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarships for master’s and professional degree students.
The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers:
- Tuition and fees for an eligible master’s or professional program
- A living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms
- A comprehensive enrichment program including mentorship, interdisciplinary learning, and access to a global community.
For the 2021 competition, 20 McCall MacBain Scholarships are available for students to begin their studies at McGill University in the fall of 2021.
Regional and finalist awards will also be offered to promising candidates throughout the selection process:
- Up to 28 one-time regional entrance awards valued at $5,000 will be available for graduate study at any Canadian public university.
- Up to 30 one-time finalist entrance awards valued at $10,000 will be available for graduate study at McGill University.
McCall MacBain Scholars may accept up to $10,000 per year in additional merit-based funding. There is no limit to additional funding which McCall MacBain Scholars may accept based on financial need.
McCall MacBain Scholars will have a track record of community engagement, informed by a sense of duty, empathy, intellectual curiosity, grit, and a willingness to take risks. They aim to create meaningful and lasting change, while improving the lives of others.
The selection committee will seek applicants with:
- Exceptional character
- Community engagement
- Leadership potential
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Academic strength and intellectual curiosity
- hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada
- have a bachelor’s degree, or be on track to graduate with one, by August 2021
- plan to apply for and begin an eligible full-time master's or professional program at McGill University commencing in fall 2021*:
- Eligible master’s programs
- MA (Arts), MArch (Architecture), MATL (Arts in Teaching and Learning), MBA (Business Administration), MEng (Engineering), MISt (Information Studies), MM (Management), MMus (Music), MPP (Public Policy), MSc (Science), MScA (Science, Applied), MScAPT (Science, Applied in Physical Therapy), MScAOT (Science, Applied in Occupational Therapy), MSW (Social Work), MUP (Urban Planning), LLM (Law), STM (Sacred Theology
- Second-entry undergraduate professional programs
- BCL/JD (Law), DMD (Dentistry), MDCM (Medicine)
- Eligible master’s programs
*Programs at McGill University with summer 2021 admission only, such as the MATL and MM, are considered acceptable.
1. Create application in online portal
- Visit the McCall MacBain website to view the online application portal and initiate an application. We encourage applicants to create an application early on to avoid any unforeseeable issues.
2. Select and contact two referees
- Applicants must select two referees to write letters of recommendation. The following are required:
- One academic reference*
- One community reference
- Applicants must communicate submission instructions and deadline to their referees. Referees must submit their letters through the McCall MacBain online application portal by the application deadline of September 24, 2020.
*For business programs (e.g. MBA, MM), a professional reference can be submitted in lieu of an academic reference.
3. Order transcripts
- Waterloo and non-Waterloo post-secondary transcripts are required and must be uploaded to the McCall MacBain online application portal by the applicant.
- Applicants seeking institutional endorsement from Waterloo can request electronic copies of their Waterloo and non-Waterloo transcripts* at no charge by completing the McCall MacBain - applicant transcript request form by September 17, 2020 by 4:00 pm. Late requests will not be processed. GSPA will only fullfill transcript requests for students who have already created an application in the McCall MacBain online application portal (see Step 1).
*provided transcripts were declared and submitted as part of the Waterloo admission application
4. Submit application materials
- Applicants must submit their application materials through the McCall MacBain online application portal by the application deadline of September 24, 2020. Applicants must click "finalize" in the application portal in order to submit.
- The comprehensive online application is comprised of the following:
- Several short essays
- One-page resume/CCV
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including Waterloo
- 2 reference letters
All current students and alumni who graduated (or expect to do so) in 2019 or later from Canadian public universities must earn an endorsement from their current/most recent institution. Applicants seeking endorsement through the University of Waterloo must finalize and submit their application through the McCall MacBain online application portal by September 24, 2020.
Waterloo alumni who graduated in 2018 or earlier do not need institutional endorsement and should submit an application directly to the McCall MacBain scholarship selection committee via the online application portal.
All applicants will receive notification regarding whether they were selected for endorsement by the University of Waterloo within two weeks of the application deadline.
|June 15, 2020||Application portal opens|
|September 17, 2020 @ 4:00 PM||Transcript request form deadline|
|September 24, 2020||Application deadline|
|October 7, 2020||Deadline for institutions to endorse applications|
|November 21, 2020||Regional interviews (Toronto)|
|January 15-17, 2021||Final interviews in Montreal|
|February - September 2021||(Varying timeline: Confirmation of acceptance to an eligible program at McGill)|
|September 2021||Scholars arrive on campus at McGill|
Please note that the McCall MacBain Scholarship offer is conditional upon Summer / Fall 2021 admission to an eligible master’s or professional degree program at McGill University. Students must apply separately to McGill for admission. In most cases, they will apply to McGill after applying for the McCall MacBain Scholarships, but before final interviews in January 2021.
- McCall MacBain Scholarship website
- McCall MacBain Scholarship online application portal
- McCall MacBain - applicant transcript request form
- Referees - visit the University Affairs website for help on choosing your referees and how to ask for a reference letter
- Centre for Career Action website - for pointers on resume/CV writing and interview skills
- Writing and Communication Centre website - for writing and communication support
Questions about the McCall MacBain scholarship application process can be emailed to the Co-ordinator, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA).
Last updated July 7, 2020