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McCall MacBain Scholarship

Interested in mentorship, leadership skills development, and full funding to start a graduate degree?

The McCall MacBain Scholarships (external link, opens in new window)  are Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-based scholarships for master’s and professional studies. The program brings together students who strive to engage in positive change by taking on meaningful leadership roles. 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 (external link, opens in new window) . 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 Scholarship Covers:

  • Tuition and fees for 150+ eligible programs at McGill University
  • A living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms
  • Mentors, advisors, and coaching
  • A leadership development program

Up to 30 full scholarships and 100 entrance awards ($5,000 to $20,000) are available. Two-thirds of the scholarships are available for Canadian students, and one-third are for international students in Canada and abroad.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, 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
  • You earned your first bachelor’s degree more than five years ago, and are 30 years or younger at any point in 2023

You will need to meet the minimum degree and language requirements (external link, opens in new window)  for McGill master’s program admission. Contact McGill Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the university’s minimum requirements for admission.

How to Apply

Applications will open in June 2023 for September 2024 admission. For more information on how to apply, please visit the McCall MacBain Scholarship website (external link, opens in new window) .


Please connect with Felicia Romano ( in the Student Awards and Scholarships Office if you have questions about the application process.