International Graduate Student Scholarship

The Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) at Western University provided a funding opportunity that would support up to 4 international graduate students by helping to offset the differential in international (as compared to domestic) tuition and fees. The Brain and Mind Institute reached out to MSc or PhD applicants in psychology, neuroscience, medical biophysics, or another related discipline.

The BMI brings together 40 Principal Investigators from areas across cognitive neuroscience including memory, motor control, infant and child development, consciousness, music, perception, emotion, and language. These groups study function in the healthy brain, and how this is altered by acquired, developmental, or progressive brain injury, and have strong ongoing collaborations with local hospitals. The institute has state-of-the-art research facilities, including North America’s first Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner, 7T MRI, TMS, EEG, body tracking and sleep laboratories, non-human primate electrophysiology and imaging, and supercomputing. It is situated on the attractive and dynamic campus of Western University, one of Canada’s largest, with excellent recreational and social opportunities. Graduate students enjoy diverse training, and are part of a strong community on campus.

Potential applicants needed to contact one or more prospective advisors at BMI to discuss possibilities. In order to qualify, applications for study were made to the Psychology, Neuroscience, Medical Biophysics, or another graduate program within this year. 

Students from outside Canada were eligible to apply for one of four Western International Graduate Student Awards at a maximum individual value of $15,000 per year (up to 2 years for Masters program and up to 4 years for PhD program).  This scholarship was available to students supervised by a Principal Investigator at the Brain and Mind Institute.  Students discussed nomination for this scholarship with their potential supervisor.

To apply, the nominating BMI supervisor submitted the following items by email to the IGSS Review Committee at

1) student name
2) graduate program applied for
3) degree level (MSc/PhD)
4) status of application to graduate program
5) in 1-2 paragraphs, explain why the student has been nominated 
6) a pdf of the nominated student's complete application submitted to SGPS

Applications were reviewed within the following parameters: IGSS review criteria

All inquiries about the application process were forwarded to 

To view past International Graduate Student Scholarship recipients, please click here