McCall MacBain Scholarships

Announced in 2019, the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill 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.

Up to 20 McCall MacBain Scholarships will be offered to students to begin their studies at McGill in the fall of 2021.

Selection Criteria

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.

Scholars will be selected based on:

  • Exceptional character
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership potential
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Academic strength and intellectual curiosity

Eligibility Criteria

Status: You have Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada

Education: You have a bachelor’s degree, or are on track to graduate with one by August 2021

Please note that candidates must plan to apply for Summer/Fall 2021 admission to an eligible full-time master’s or professional program at McGill University.

For more information, please visit the Apply section of the McCall MacBain Foundation website at 


The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers tuition and fees, as well as a living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms. It also provides access to a comprehensive enrichment program.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

The online application deadline, including the submission of two references, is Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT.

Starting June 15th, candidates may start their application online at No authorization code is required, and there are no application fees.

The McCall MacBain Scholarship application process includes: 

  • Completing an online application including a personal statement and three short essays
  • Submitting online requests for two references; the online reference forms must be completed by the application deadline
  • Uploading official transcripts for postsecondary studies
  • Uploading a one-page resume

Please visit for more details.

Current students and recent graduates of Canadian public universities must earn the endorsement of their institution. A recent graduate is someone who graduated in 2019 or 2020. The endorsement will take place after the full application is submitted.

Timeline and Selection Process at the University of Ottawa

June 15, 2020        
Applications open

Steptember 10-20, 2020
Review and selection of the recommended applications by the University of Ottawa Committee

September 24, 2020    
Application deadline

October 5, 2020
Deadline for validating applications and endorsements. The McCall MacBain Regional Selection Committee will make a preliminary selection on based on the credentials assessed in the written applications.  

November 2020        
Regional interviews 
•    November 7 – Halifax
•    November 8 – Calgary
•    November 14 – Montréal
•    November 15 – Winnipeg
•    November 21 – Toronto
•    November 22 – Vancouver  

January 15-17, 2021    
Final interviews in Montréal

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.

* The information on this page is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment from the University of Ottawa.

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