John McCall MacBain Graduate Scholarship at Wadham

Applications open in March 2019.

The John McCall MacBain Scholarship is a new scholarship for McGill graduates who demonstrate community leadership, character and academic excellence to undertake a graduate degree at the master’s or doctoral level offered by Wadham College at the University of Oxford.

About the John McCall MacBain Scholarship at Wadham

This scholarship was established by friends of John McCall MacBain in his honour to support talented McGill graduates of strong character with leadership potential to improve the lives of others.

The award is valued at up to GBP 50,000 per year for the regular duration of the graduate course taken full-time. Note that the actual amount will be determined by the McCall MacBain Foundation each year and will be based on the cost of tuition and fees for the particular course of study and Wadham College’s fees, including fees for room and board in College accommodation.

Note that applicants must apply and be admitted to the University of Oxford in a graduate degree that is offered at Wadham College.



Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must have completed at least one degree at McGill (or expect to complete one degree in the year of application)
  • Applicant must apply and be admitted to a graduate degree that is offered at Wadham College
  • Applicant must be “ordinarily resident” in Canada (e.g. paying Quebec or Canadian domestic student tuition fees while a McGill student. Note that Canadians studying abroad are still considered ordinarily resident in Canada)




Selection and Renewal Criteria

  • Strong leadership skills and potential for growth
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set and a character deeply rooted in integrity, honesty, compassion
  • Sustained commitment to service and improving the welfare of others
  • Academic excellence


Application Process and Timeline

Apply to Oxford separately by the program deadline

Apply to Oxford by the January 2019 deadline for a graduate degree offered by Wadham.

Register your interest in applying for this scholarship

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Submit your scholarship application online 

Once you have received your acceptance from Oxford, submit your scholarship application by the April 16, 2019 deadline. 

The application to the John McCall MacBain Scholarship at Wadham will consist of a comprehensive application form, transcripts, and references, all of which must be completed on-line.

Applicants will be notified if they are selected for an interview by April 30, and interviews will take place in person in Montreal in early May.

About John McCall MacBain, O.C.

John McCall MacBain grew up in Niagara Falls and completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University, where he was president of the Student Society of McGill University. From there, he was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and completed an M.A. in law from Wadham College at Oxford University. From 1987 to 2006, Mr. McCall MacBain was the founder, president and CEO of Trader Classified Media, the world’s leading classified advertising company. Following the sale of the company, he and his wife, Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain, established the McCall MacBain Foundation, which aims to improve the welfare of humanity through focused grants in education, health, and the environment.


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