International Fellowships: Applications Now Open
Do you want to immerse yourself in another language and culture for an entire year? To step out of your comfort zone to deepen your understanding, build lasting ties, and broaden your experience in another region of the world? The McCall MacBain International Fellowships were created for just that – to help you design a year abroad rich with diverse learning experiences.
APPLY NOW. Deadline: November 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
About the Fellowship
A study abroad experience for a globalized world
Resilience. Independence. Critical thinking. Curiosity. Problem-solving. Adaptability. Flexibility. Cross-cultural communication. Initiative. Openness. Entrepreneurship. Creativity. Self-Awareness. These are some of the key skills our society and economy needs. One way to hone these skills is to live, study and work in a new language and cultural context.
Young Canadians are deeply interested in the world beyond our borders. A recent Environics survey found that 84% of Canadians aged 18-24 were very or somewhat interested in living in another country for at least three months to learn about its language and culture, and 73% of that same age group want to study abroad (and there is good evidence that those proportions are even higher among undergraduate university students).
Yet, at an estimated 11%, Canada has one of the lowest rates of study abroad of many Western countries.
And, when Canadian students do go abroad, they tend to go to culturally familiar destinations and study in one of Canada’s official languages.
As political and economic power shifts beyond Canada’s traditional western allies, the imperative of working cross-culturally and communicating in multiple languages is increasingly important.
This is why the McCall MacBain International Fellowships have been designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn a new language, actively and respectfully participate in the societies they are joining, build lasting ties with local communities, and further their understanding of and their ability to work in a completely different cultural context.
For the 2019-20 academic year, the McCall MacBain Foundation is offering this program in partnership with McGill University and McMaster University. We have also partnered with one of our key grantees in Canada, the Loran Scholars Foundation, to offer this program to their scholars.
There is a strong degree of consensus in Canada that Canadian students need access to high-quality international experiences, and that these must extend beyond traditional Western destinations. Of course, our program alone will not move the yardstick on the proportion of Canadian students choosing to undertake a study abroad. By designing a program that provides students with the opportunity to undertake a full year abroad, we aim to learn more about the impact of such longer-term, immersive experiences. Our hope is that by sharing our learnings, we can contribute to the body of evidence that will encourage others – including institutions, governments, and other philanthropists – to work together to bring initiatives like these to scale for the benefit of us all.
The Fellowship Experience
Fellows spend a full year abroad divided into three terms: language, academic and work/internship. Start dreaming big at the application stage, where you will begin designing a year abroad within the parameters of these three terms. The choice of destination is yours.
Fellows take language courses, live with a host family, and volunteer with a local organization.
Fellows take a full-time course load on a university exchange, including at least some courses taken in their new language.
Fellows secure a full-time, paid work placement or internship.
Support for Fellows includes:
- Monthly living stipend during the language and academic terms
- Tuition waiver through McGill University or McMaster University *
- Travel and establishment allowance
- Language course allowance
- International medical insurance allowance
- Pre-departure retreat and re-integration retreats
- In-country mentor
* subject to nomination by the respective university.
Eligibility & Selection
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- be between the ages of 19 and 24 (inclusive) on January 1, 2019;
- be enrolled full-time in a first-entry undergraduate university program at McGill University or McMaster University towards your first degree, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0;
- have completed at least 3 academic terms of your first degree by August 2019 and have at least one term to complete after the Fellowship year (August 2020);
- be in good standing academically and non-academically with your university prior to departure; and
- have not left Canada to participate in a travel, work, volunteer, or study abroad experience independently (i.e. without parents) in a new language or culture for eight months or more during the last five years.
- Fellowship recipients must attend a recognized university abroad for the academic term in which they can take at least some of their courses in the new language they are learning.
- Fellowship recipients must go to a country in which they have not previously lived for more than three months, do not hold citizenship, and are learning or want to learn at least one of its major languages.
- Fellowship recipients are expected to go to a country that will allow them to stretch outside of their comfort zone (for example, recipients cannot choose a country where their parents have lived for an extended period of time, or where they already have an extended family network).
- Fellowship recipients cannot go to a country with the status “avoid all non-essential travel” or “avoid all travel”, or to a region of a country with a regional advisory of “avoid all non-essential travel” or “avoid all travel” on the Government of Canada’s travel advisory service.
- Evidence of sustained and thoughtful engagement in school and community activities rooted in a deep interest in improving things for others, strong empathy, and interest in working with people from diverse points of views and backgrounds;
- Evidence of leadership potential and an entrepreneurial drive that has resulted in taking on meaningful challenges;
- Evidence of wanting to go outside one’s comfort zone, to stretch the limit of one’s potential, to fail, persist, and learn, and to show and develop self-awareness, adaptability, and resilience;
- Evidence of genuine interest in learning a language and being immersed in a country, language, and culture different from one’s own. Strong character, including commitment to integrity and honesty.
Selection Process Timeline for McGill & McMaster students
- October 3, 2018 – Application opens
- November 20, 2018 – Application deadline; applicants will receive automatic confirmation once their applications are complete.
- December 19, 2018 – Applicants notified whether they have been invited to interviews
- January 2, 2019 – Applicants submit a more detailed plan of their year abroad
- January 11, 2019 – McGill interviews on-campus
- January 13, 2019 – McMaster interviews on-campus
- August 2019 – Pre-departure retreat
- August 2019-August 2020 – McCall MacBain International Fellowship year
- August 2020 – Re-integration retreat
Want to learn more? Join us for an in-person or online information session. Send us an email at email@example.com to be notified of information sessions at McMaster or McGill, or to register for one of the following online sessions (space is limited):
- October 11, 2018 at 2 p.m. EDT
- October 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. EDT
- November 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. EDT
- November 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST
Choosing a country and a language
The Fellowship year
Your application will be thoroughly reviewed first by your university who will nominate candidates to the McCall MacBain Foundation. From those nominated, students selected for an in-person interview will be notified by December 19, 2018. Applicants invited for an in-person interview will be asked to submit additional documentation on their plan for their year abroad over the winter break (this information will be due January 2, 2019).
Applicants invited for interviews will participate in a full day of interviews on the following dates:
Offers for the 2019-20 Fellowships will be made the week following interviews. In order to formally accept the Fellowship offer, students will be asked to sign an agreement outlining the requirements and expectations.
A few finalists who distinguish themselves in the selection process but do not receive a Fellowship may be offered a grant of $6,000 towards their studies abroad of at least one full academic term in an eligible destination during the 2019-20 year. Those accepting this grant will be required to take at least one local language course while abroad and to submit a report on their experience.
Before you apply, be sure to read the eligibility and selection criteria and review the Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to you by the end of the next business day.