Undergraduate - Entry
Do you want guaranteed summer employment?
Apply for one of five fellowships available for students entering the Level 2 Materials Engineering program!
Summer 2023 – work in a Materials Engineering Lab
Summer 2024 & 2025 – work locally in industry
- Must be currently enrolled in Engineering Level 1 and planning to enter the Materials Engineering program.
- Must have minimum GPA of 10.0.
How to apply:
Email a statement of interest and unoffcial transcript to: email@example.com
Due Date: January 2, 2023
Minimum Eligibility: 10.0
The Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships aims to assist students in being financially successful during their studies at McMaster University. Apply for University aid and scholarships by completing the online aid application in Mosaic.
For more information on in-course scholarships, bursaries, and more, please see the link below.
The University Senate, acting on behalf of generous benefactors and donors to the University, bestows academic awards on entering, in-course and graduating students to encourage and recognize high levels of scholarship.
In recognizing such scholastic achievement, the University requires all recipients of academic awards to fulfill a set of general conditions, in addition to meeting the particular terms attached to individual academic awards. The general conditions and terms have been established to ensure equity in competition and a high academic standing. Any interpretation of the conditions attaching to academic awards is solely the prerogative of the Undergraduate Council.
For more information on Undergraduate Academic Awards, please refer to link below.
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience, that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university.
To be eligible to apply for an award, you must: be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for applications at the university; be registered, at the time you apply, in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university; have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-,”) as defined by your university.
The link to NSERC’s website for on-line application instructions and other important information: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp
The departmental deadline for students submitting NSERC USRA applications is TBA..
STEP 1: Find a supervisor that you are interested in working with.
STEP 2: Complete Online Application at http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp
- Form 202, Part I – (completed by you)
- Form 202, Part II – (completed by your supervisor)
*You are responsible for working with the supervisor to ensure completion of your online application and for submitting both pieces to the department on time.*
STEP 3: Provide a PDF version of your unofficial transcript. https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/services/transcripts/#tab-1 (*new this year*)
STEP 4: Email the completed application and unofficial transcript to the department to which your faculty supervisor belongs. NOTE: Your application is not complete until you have submitted it to the department, the online application is only part of the process.
IF you are selected for an NSERC USRA, you may later be asked to submit an official paper transcript.
For more information about the NSERC-USRA Program, please visit the NSERC website to consult the program guidelines.
Due Date: February 4, 2022
Students apply directly for a Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CIHR, NSERC AND SSHRC) in the NSERC government portal no later than December 1 of each calendar year
Link to the portal:
For complete instructions, please visit:
If the student would like McMaster to consider his/her CGS-M application, the student must choose McMaster as 1 of the 5 universities where to submit his/her CGS-M application. McMaster will rank the applications submitted and upload the results in the CGS-M portal on April 1st of each academic year as specified by CGS-M.
Due Date: TBA
Minimum Eligibility: Please visit: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships Doctoral Program
Students are to complete their NSERC doctoral application on NSERC’s On-Line System. For complete instructions, please visit NSERC’s website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/BellandPostgrad-Be…
Students will be contacted by their department regarding the internal McMaster deadline for applications.
Department administrative staff will assist you in uploading your transcripts to your application. Once all the applications are received through the On-Line System, the applications will be ranked by the internal McMaster NSERC Doctoral Ranking Committee. The committee will put forward the top candidates to NSERC through the On-Line System and all applicants will be advised if they will be going forward or not be going forward to the federal competition. NSERC will release the federal results in the spring of each year.
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs provide funding to full-time students at the master’s and doctoral levels. They are merit-based scholarships for students with an A- or above average.
Value and Duration:
The value of the OGS and QEII-GSST awards is $5,000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms. You must hold the award for a minimum of 2 consecutive terms. Each scholarship is tenable for a one academic year.
How to apply:
Students who apply for a CGS-M or CGS-D through McMaster University will be automatically considered for an OGS or QEII-GSST at McMaster. For incoming Master’s students who apply for a CGS-M, please remember to choose McMaster as one of the five universities to where you would like to submit your CGS-M application.
Students are limited in the number of years that they may hold an OGS or QEII-GSST.
Master’s students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Both are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.
In addition, OGS and QEII-GSST guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS or QEII-GSST or another government-funded award concurrently.
Awards under the following programs are included in these restrictions:
• Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
• Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology(QEII-GSST) (formerly OGSST)
• Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
• Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
• Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
• Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Eligibility to hold an OGS and QEII-GSST
To hold an OGS or QEII-GSST award, recipients:
• Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at McMaster University in an eligible graduate program.
• Have achieved at least an A- average (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
• Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full session will be required to repay the funds received for the incomplete months of study.
• Cannot hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST from any given year.
• May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student at McMaster University.
• Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment are ineligible. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship or the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) will not be awarded to students after their fourth year of doctoral study.