The McCall MacBain Scholarship

The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill are Canada’s first leadership-driven scholarship for master’s and professional degree students. They represent an investment in students who are developing expertise in their respective fields, have a track record of taking initiative, and seek to collaborate with others to understand and address important problems and challenges.

Dr. John McCall MacBain and Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain announced the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill in February 2019 through a landmark gift of $200 million, the single largest gift in Canadian history.


You must meet the following eligibility criteria and be interested in seeking Fall 2021 admission to an eligible program at McGill.

  • Have Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree, or be on track to graduate by August 2021 

How to apply

You will need to complete two applications:

  1. The McCall MacBain Scholarship application will be open from June 15 to September 24, 2020 at 4 PM EDT, for those planning to start a program in Fall 2021.
  2. You also need to apply directly to McGill for at least one eligible full-time master’s or professional program. Program admission requirements and timelines vary, so please research the ones that interest you. We will ask you to apply by the first deadline for Fall 2021 admission, or by mid-December 2020 at the latest if you are selected for final interviews.

Please note: current university students and recent graduates must have their application endorsed by their institution. After you complete your application, it will be submitted to the university for review.

Important dates

Applications open June 15, 2020
Applications due September 24, 2020
Regional interviews 
  • Halifax - November  7, 2020
  • Calgary - November 8, 2020
  • Montréal - November 14, 2020
  • Winnipeg - November 15, 2020
  • Toronto - November 21, 2020
  • Vancouver - November 22, 2020

  • Final interviews January 15-17, 2021

    The format of interviews will follow guidelines from public health authorities at that time. See the full application/interview schedule.

    If you have additional questions, please contact