Scholarships for In-Course Students

The Basics

What types of scholarships are available?

  • Travel & Exchange Scholarships
  • In-Course Scholarships
  • Community Contribution Awards
  • Academic Grants

What are the eligibility requirements for scholarships?

  • The Undergraduate Calendar provides all terms and conditions for McMaster scholarships and Academic Grants
  • Some scholarships require an application
  • Many awards are based on grades and do not require an application

Where can graduate students find information about scholarships and awards?

  • Awards for graduate students are offered through the School of Graduate Studies
  • Students apply for awards by clicking ‘Apply for Financial Aid’ in the Mosaic Student Center

Undergraduate Scholarship FAQ


How to Apply

How do I apply for scholarships?

Apply for the majority of scholarships via the online aid application in Mosaic.  Step-by-step instructions are available under ‘Apply for McMaster Aid’

  • Click on ‘Apply for Financial Aid’ in the Mosaic Student Center
  • Complete the personal profile once per year
  • Scholarships are located under the Aid by Application tab
  • Expand headings to view award applications and requirements

Nursing Students:

  • Specific scholarships for McMaster Nursing, Mohawk-McMaster / Conestoga-McMaster Nursing students are available on the School of Nursing website.  Please review all criteria as some scholarships are site-specific
  • McMaster Nursing students may be eligible for University-wide awards
  • Apply via Mosaic.  Expand the headings under ‘Aid by Application’ to view applications and requirements

When do I apply?

How do I check my application status?

  • Click on ‘View Financial Aid Applications’ in the Mosaic Student Center
  • Click on ‘View Financial Aid Awards’ to view bursaries and scholarships granted each year

Scholarship Payments

How do I receive my scholarship funding?

  • Scholarship payments are deposited to McMaster student accounts
  • Refund cheques or direct deposit payments are issued if McMaster fees are paid in full or the value of the scholarship exceeds the balance of the fees owing
  • Recipients confirmed and payment dates are posted under Important Dates’

How do I write a thank you letter?

  • Learn to write a thank you letter to express your gratitude to McMaster donors

Scholarship Spotlight

More information about scholarships at McMaster is available on Storify!

Renaissance Award

  • Emphasizes experiential learning to create transformative opportunities for students
  • Opportunity for a 4-12 month self-directed enrichment experience outside of the chosen program of study
  • Find out more about the student experience of the Renaissance Award winner!
  • Value: to a maximum of $25,000
  • Apply via Mosaic
  • More about the Renaissance Award

Rhodes Scholarship

  • Eleven Rhodes Scholarships are granted to Canadians each year (two in Ontario)
  • Opportunity to study at the University of Oxford for 2-3 years
  • Value: at least $50,000/year (tuition, fees, living)
  • Application for Endorsement via Mosaic

Killam Fellowship

  • External Scholarship
  • Opportunity to live and study in the USA for a 9-month academic year
  • Value: $10,000 US
  • Killam Website

Project Hero 

  • Financial support to the sons and daughters of Canadian military killed while serving in an active mission
  • Value: tuition waiver & residence (double room) including regular meal plan
  • For Project Hero application information, contact sfas@mcmaster.ca

What’s New!

Indigenous Entrance Awards: McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Find out more about entrance scholarships for Indigenous students. Apply by July 15!


Spring/Summer CIFS: Students enrolled full-time for the spring and/or summer sessions can now submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.


18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website by June 30th, McMaster’s recommended deadline, if you require your funding in September.


Survey for Spring/Summer Part-Time Students: We want your input! Complete a three-minute survey to help us consider bursary options for funding part-time studies.


External Scholarships Page: Check out our new External Scholarships page for updated information on scholarships available through various companies/organizations.


Rhodes Scholarship Info Webinar: Missed the webinar? Lots of great information about the Rhodes application and experience is available in the webinar presentation (PDF)!


 

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