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McCall MacBain International Fellowship

For one year, immerse yourself in another culture to learn a new language, enhance your academics, and gain employment experience that will develop your curiosity, grit, resilience, and understanding of the world around you. The McCall MacBain International Fellowships make this possible for McMaster students. Valued at up to $23,500 per fellowship for up to 10 McMaster students, the McCall MacBain International Fellowship will offer you the chance to learn a new language, study, and gain work experience in a country of your interest. If money or access is a barrier to having a global experience, the McCall MacBain Foundation encourages you to consider this opportunity. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will be accepted between 26 September 2019 and 21 November 2019. Learn more about the application process here.

Value: $23,500

Need more info? Consider attending an in-person or online info session:
• Fri. 11 October 2019 | 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Online (register via Zoom)
• Wed. 16 October 2019 |  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Online (register via Zoom)
• Wed. 16 October 2019 |  7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Online (register via Zoom)
• Tues. 22 October 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | MUSC 318 (register via OscarPlus)
• Fri. 1 November 2019 |  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Online (register via Zoom)
• Mon. 4 November 2019 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Online (register via Zoom)
• Mon. 11 November 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | GH 110 (register via OscarPlus)
• Thurs. 14 November 2019 | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Online (register via Zoom)

Arts & Science currently has three students studying abroad on McCall MacBain International Fellowships. Read about them here


Travel Scholarships

The Class of ’37 Travel Scholarship in Arts and Science

Established in 1989 by the Graduating Class of 1937 in celebration of their 50th anniversary and augmented by friends of the Arts and Science Program. To be awarded to a student who has completed Level I and an additional 30 – 72 units of an Honours program in the Arts and Science Program. Applicants should have demonstrated a lively interest in developing countries. The purpose of this award is to enable the winner to spend the summer, immediately following its receipt, working and/or studying in a developing country.

Value: $1,300

The John P. Evans Travel Scholarship

Established in 1991 by many friends, colleagues, students and graduates of McMaster University as a tribute to John (Jack) P. Evans upon his retirement as Associate Vice-President, University Services and Secretary of the Board of Governors in recognition of his 25 years of outstanding contribution to the University Community. To be awarded to a student who has completed at least 30 units beyond Level I of an Honours program with notable academic standing and has demonstrated a scholarly interest in some aspect of Asian languages, history or cultures, with preference being given to a student wishing to study in China.

Value: $1,500

The Jimmy Fong International Outreach Travel Award in Engineering

Established in 2006 by Jimmy Fong, B.Eng.Mgt. (Class of ’82). To be awarded to a student who, in the judgment of a selection committee, demonstrates high academic achievement, and is pursuing an international relief and development project under the auspices of Engineers Without Borders in an underdeveloped, disadvantaged area outside of North America. Preference to be given to a student in the Faculty of Engineering and/or a project in China.

Value: $2,500

The Susan Vajoczki Legacy Travel Scholarship

Established in 2013 by the family, friends and colleagues in memory of Susan Vajoczki, Professor of Geography and Earth Sciences, and Director of the Centre for Leadership and Learning. To be awarded to a student who has completed at least Level II in any program in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, or the Arts and Science Program and who, in the judgement of the School of Geography & Earth Sciences has achieved notable academic standing, and is pursuing research in the fields of pedagogy (teaching and learning) or Earth Sciences who could benefit from travel.

Value: $1,000

The Howard P. Whidden Scholarship

Established in 1941 by the Honourable Jacob Nicol (Class of ’00) of Sherbrooke, Quebec, in honour of Chancellor Howard P. Whidden, with a view to fostering relations of friendship and understanding between French-speaking and English-speaking Canadians. To be awarded to a student who has completed six units of French and who shows ability and promise in the use of the French language. The recipient will study at a Quebec university during the summer.

Value: $1,500

The T. Russell Wilkins Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1963 by bequest of Mrs. T. Russell Wilkins (B.A. ’18 Brandon, M.A. ’32), daughter of former Chancellor Howard P. Whidden, in memory of her husband, Dr. T. Russell Wilkins (Class of ’11). Two scholarships to be awarded to students in their penultimate level of an Honours program in Arts and Science, Health Sciences or Science who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. In addition, the students should demonstrate a lively interest in the humanities and in the human and social implications of scientific developments. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable the winners to spend the summer before the final Fall/Winter session in travel and study outside Canada.

Value: $4,600 each


Exchange Scholarships

The Beale-Lincoln-Hall Exchange Scholarship

Established in 1996 by Arnold A. Beale in memory of his parents F. Arnold Beale and Margaret S. Beale and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gould Lincoln and Commander Harley H. Hall, U.S.N. To be awarded to students who demonstrate high academic standing and are participating in one of McMaster’s formal exchange programs. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a program in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Physics, English, French, Geography, History, Materials Science, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics or Religious Studies and who demonstrate a lively interest in the humanities and the human and social implications of scientific developments.

Value: $2,000

The Rundle Foreign Study Scholarship

Established in 2011 by the Rundle Foreign Study Bursary at Hamilton Community Foundation. To be awarded to a student who has completed at least 30 units beyond Level I and who, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, has attained notable academic achievement. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students who are participating in one of McMaster’s formal exchange programs in a country where English is not the first language and who have graduated from a publicly funded secondary school in the Hamilton-Wentworth area.

Value: $2,500

Killam Fellowships Program (Presented by Fullbright Canada)

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for students from Canadian institutions to spend either one term or a full year studying at a host school in the United States while still paying their home tuition and fees to McMaster. Killam Fellows participate in an Orientation program in Ottawa in the fall and again in a seminar in Washington D.C. in the spring (all costs are covered for both trips).

Value: $5000 US per semester, plus health insurance allowance

Eligibility:

  • Canadian citizenship
  • Full-time undergraduate student in good standing
  • Requirements for exchange met
  • Fluency in English (or French where applicable)
  • Please visit the information page for Killam Fellowships here.

2013-14 Arts & Science Recipient: Robert Godfrey (for study at the University of Washington)
2011-12 Arts & Science Recipient: Amy Tang (for study at Smith College)
2008-09 Arts & Science Recipient: Barry Dewitt (for study at the University of Washington)


Arts & Science Program Scholarships

The Arts and Science Program Book Award

Established in 1995.

Requirements: To be awarded from time to time to an Arts and Science student who, in the judgment of the Arts and Science Program Awards Committee, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in both arts and science.

Typically Available: 1 x $75

The Class of 1953 50th Anniversary Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1953 in honour of its 50th reunion.

Requirements: A variable number of scholarships to be awarded to students in Level II and above in a program in Arts and Science who, in the judgment of the Arts and Science Program, have attained high academic standing and demonstrated community involvement.

Typically Available: 2 x $1,500

The Barbara Francis Scholarship

Established in 1985 by Laura Dodson (Class of ‘56) in memory of her sister.

Requirements: To be awarded to the student who has completed Level I and at least an additional 30 units of an Arts and Science program and who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in both arts and science.

Typically Available: 1 x $450

The George P. Gilmour Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1987 by the Graduating Class of 1962 in honour of Dr. G.P. Gilmour (Class of ‘21), Chancellor of McMaster University from 1941 to 1950 and President and Vice-Chancellor from 1950 to 1961.

Requirements: To be awarded to a student who has completed Level I and an additional 60 – 75 units of an Honours program in the Arts and Science Program and who, in the judgment of the Arts and Science Program Admissions, Awards, and Review Committee, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and has made notable contribution to the campus or community by participation in extracurricular activities.

Typically Available: 1 x $325

The recipient of this award is eligible to receive the corresponding bursary if financial need is demonstrated.

The Herbert M. Jenkins Prize

Established in 1990 as a tribute to Dr. Herbert M. Jenkins, first Director of the Arts and Science Program, by his many friends, colleagues and students on the occasion of his retirement from McMaster University.

Requirements: To be awarded to a student in an Arts and Science program whose work, in the judgment of the Arts and Science Program Awards and Review Committee, best reflects scholarship and the spirit of inquiry.

Typically Available: 1 x $150

The Charon Burke McCain Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2004 in memory of Charon Burke McCain by family, friends, colleagues and students.

Requirements: To be awarded to an Honours Arts and Science student who has completed Level III and who, in the judgment of the Arts and Science Program, has demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership and service at McMaster University or in the community, as well as notable academic achievement.

Typically Available: 1 x $500

The Arts & Science Essay Prizes

Up to two prizes for outstanding essays written for courses in Arts & Science may be awarded each year: one for essays written in Levels I and II courses and one for essays written in Levels III and IV courses.

Value: $75 each
Deadline: 30 April annually
Applications Requirements: Students do not apply for this award; submissions will be accepted from Arts & Science instructors only.

Instructors in all Arts & Science courses are invited to submit, with the student’s permission, a clean PDF copy of the most outstanding essay in their course.  Please submit to the Awards Committee, c/o Shelley Anderson or Madeline Van Impe, by 30 April annually.