The McCall MacBain Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is open to students from any country who want to pursue a master’s or second-entry professional undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Started by John and Marcy McCall MacBain in February 2019, the scholarship aims at bringing together a diverse group of scholars who aspire to lead with purpose. The $200 million is Canada’s first comprehensive graduate scholarship and the most significant single gift in the history of Canada.

This award is a chance to fulfill your potential at one of the best universities in the world without burdening yourself or your family with decades of debt. If you have an excellent academic record, possess leadership abilities, and want to positively impact the world, consider applying for the McCall MacBain Scholarship.

The McCall MacBain Scholarship Awards

The McCall MacBain Scholarship provides full funding for students taking eligible degree programs including master’s or professional degrees at McGill University. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees for the entire program with an additional $2,000 monthly living stipend. If you are coming from outside Montreal, then you will receive a one-time relocation grant to help you relocate to Montreal.

Up to 30 full scholarships, including 10 for international applicants, and 100 other regional and finalist awards will be offered to exceptional students during the 2024 Summer and Fall selection process. For example, there are 25 finalist awards of $20,000 for international applicants and 15 regional awards of $10,000 for international applicants.

In addition, if you are a MacBain scholar and not engaged in studies during the summer period, you are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 to help you venture into other meaningful activities during the summer.

Winning the McCall MacBain Scholarship opens up a world of opportunities beyond generous funding. Scholars get a chance to join a lifelong community and are invited to exclusive networking events where they can connect with distinguished leaders. Additionally, the funding, network, and education you gain allow you to take on ambitious projects, advance important causes, and make the world a little bit better.

The McCall MacBain Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the McCall MacBain Scholarship as an international student, you’ll have to make it through a rigorous application and selection process and should meet the criteria below;

  1. You must have completed your first undergraduate degree from an accredited university in the last five years.
  2. You are currently enrolled in your first undergraduate degree and on track to graduate by August 2024.
  3. You are 30 years or younger in 2023 if you earned your first undergraduate degree more than five years ago.
  4. You must meet the minimum language and degree requirements for the Master’s program at McGill University.
  5. You must have an entrepreneurial spirit, be of exceptional character, and be able to demonstrate leadership potential and a will to impact other people’s lives positively.

Some of the master’s degrees under the scholarship program include the Master of Business Administration, Master of Music, Master of Engineering, Master of Public Policy, and Master of Law. For professional undergraduate degree programs, the BCL/JD program in the Faculty of Law and the undergraduate Dental program are covered by the scholarship program.

Ensure that you check the eligibility criteria thoroughly before applying to the scholarship program. This will help you ascertain if you are the right candidate and help prepare your application adequately.

How to Apply for the McCall MacBain Scholarship

The application process for the McCall MacBain Scholarship is straightforward but competitive. Thousands of students from around the world apply each year, so submitting a strong application is key. Once you have ascertained that you meet the eligibility criteria, you will need to prepare for the next stage which involves gathering and preparing all the required documentation.

Prepare Your Documents

You will need to submit:

  • Academic transcripts, both official and unofficial
  • Several short essays describing who you are and your goals
  • Two reference letters – one from someone who knows your academic journey well and the other from someone who understands your community involvement.
  • A resume highlighting everything you have done or achieved, from academic, professional, and community-related experiences.

Complete Online Application

You can go ahead and complete the online application which runs from June to August/September. If you make it to the scholarship shortlist, you can proceed to apply for eligible degree programs at McGill University. Ensure you start your application early, mostly in September, and apply before the deadline.

Prepare for Regional Interviews

If selected for further consideration, you will be invited to a regional interview to discuss your application in greater depth. The interviews run from October to December. Applicants who pass the interviews will be awarded the scholarship. With diligent preparation and by following all instructions carefully, you’ll maximize your chances of joining the many students whose lives have been transformed by the McCall MacBain Scholarship.


If you are a student passionate about making a difference in the world, the McCall MacBain Scholarship could be your chance to gain invaluable knowledge and experiences at McGill University in Canada, all expenses paid. The truth is, while the odds of being selected are slim, someone has to win. Why not you? If you’ve got the grades, the vision, and the determination, the MacBain Scholarship could be your golden ticket to an unparalleled adventure of intellectual growth and discovery. Remember, applications are currently open, so head over to the scholarship site and try your luck.

We hope that this article on McCall MacBain Scholarship for International Students was helpful. Visit the Canada Scholarships Page for more information about studying in Canada!

About the Author: Hyun Lee

Hi! I am Hyun, and I am the founder at Global Scholarships. I've received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College and a $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for my undergraduate degree and was offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. You can read more about my scholarship journey here. If you are interested, you can follow me on Linkedin where I regularly write about scholarship opportunities.

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  1. Abubakar Adamu August 5, 2023 8:29 am - Reply

    Thank you

    • Hyun Lee August 5, 2023 1:26 pm - Reply

      You are welcome!

  2. ganza levin August 14, 2023 6:04 am - Reply

    thank you

    • Hyun Lee August 16, 2023 2:22 pm - Reply

      You are welcome!

  3. Anonymous August 17, 2023 1:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you.

    • Hyun Lee August 25, 2023 6:08 pm - Reply

      You are welcome!

  4. Abdulrazak Abdullahi August 24, 2023 5:03 am - Reply

    Thank you for the information. I want to study abroad, but I don’t have much money and I have the experience to study

    • Hyun Lee August 29, 2023 10:52 pm - Reply

      Hello, McCall MacBain Scholarship is fully funded, so it does cover all the expenses.

  5. Maame Esi Appeagyei August 27, 2023 12:52 am - Reply

    Please how can I apply

    • Hyun Lee August 28, 2023 11:17 am - Reply

      Please check out our “How to Apply for the McCall MacBain Scholarship” section for more information!

  6. Cletus W. September 5, 2023 4:30 am - Reply

    Life changing information as always, love and appreciation to you man.

    • Hyun Lee September 5, 2023 11:53 am - Reply

      You are welcome! Glad it helped!

  7. Cletus W. September 5, 2023 4:35 am - Reply

    Maame Esi, please read the article again. You’ll find all the eligibility requirement. All the best!

  8. Anonymous September 28, 2023 4:01 am - Reply

    I am interested in this prestigious scholarship but I have past the age-limit and I graduated since 2008.

  9. Anonymous September 29, 2023 3:34 am - Reply

    I completed my first degree in 2007 but just completed my MSC masters of Industrial finance and investment. Am I elgible?

    • Hyun Lee October 18, 2023 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hello, it looks like that you don’t meet the eligibility criteria listed for the McCall MacBain Scholarships.

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