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Visiting Fellow (contract academic staff)

Person (other than a student) holding a fellowship or other award (conferred by McGill or another institution or agency) who is invited to pursue research, scholarly or creative activities activities for a limited definite term within an academic unit of the University.

The Regulations Relating to the Employment of Contract Academic Staff (CAS) govern this academic classification.

Listed below are further guidelines and procedures which supplement the Regulations.



Approval of Recruitment Mandatory Submitting a Recruitment Dossier for Contract Academic Staff Hires
Advertising Not required, see regulations and template if unit wishes to advertise position Advertising Academic Positions
Advertising Templates   Advertising Templates
Employment Equity Not applicable  
Immigration Mandatory for non-Canadians Citizenship and Immigration Canada


Appointment Type Visiting Academic Staff, Unranked, not eligible for tenure CAS-2.5, CAS-4.1, and CAS-9.1
Initial Appointment Term Definite Term not exceeding 12-months CAS-9.5.1
Joint Appointment Possible? Not applicable. If a secondary academic affiliation is desired, please see Affiliate Member  
Recommended Minimum Credentials PhD or equivalent  
Required Approvals to Appoint See Link to Right CAS Approvals - Appointments
Required Documentation to Appoint See Link to Right Submitting a Recruitment Dossier for Contract Academic Staff Hires
Salary Minima Not Applicable  
Work Permit Required for all non-Canadians, with the exception of Permanent Residents of Canada
Note: It is unlikely that a permit will be granted for more than 2 years.
Official Letter of Appointment From Dean or Departmental Chair  
Terms/Conditions of Appointment   CAS-9.5.3
FTE in Minerva/Banner see Link to right Guidelines to FTE


Reappointment Term Appointment and reappointment aggregate unless non-Canadian (2 years). CAS-9.1 and 9.5.2
Indefinite Term Not applicable  
Promotion Not applicable  
Required Approvals to Reappoint See Link to Right CAS Approvals - Reappointments
Required Documentation to Reappoint See Link to Right Contract Academic Staff Reappointment Process
Official Letter of Reappointment From Dean or Departmental Chair  
Required Approvals to Change Status See Link to Right CAS Approvals - Change of Status


Severance Eligibility Not applicable  
Notice of Termination At any time, and in accordance procedures of CAS Section 3 CAS-9.6.1
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