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Visiting Professors and Visiting Scholars

Senior or postdoctoral scholars interested in visiting the Institute of Islamic Studies to conduct research for a semester or an academic year may apply for Visiting Professor or Visiting Scholar status. Visiting Scholars 

Visiting Professors and Visiting Scholars work independently, with occasional consultation with a mentor, a member of the Institute; are accorded full library privileges in the Islamic Studies Library, including the use of a carrel (space permitting); assigned a mailbox in the Institute's main office; and may attend classes, with the permission of the relevant Instructor.

Please note that Visiting Professors and Visiting Scholars receive no monetary compensation or salary, nor are they provided with office space.

In addition, the Institute of Islamic Studies must be acknowledged in any publications written during the Visiting Professor or Visiting Scholar’s period of residency at McGill. Successful applicants may, at the end of their period of residence at McGill, apply for the renewal of their Visiting Scholars status for up to two further academic years (if allowed under Cizitenship and Immigration Canada rules for non-Canadian citzens/Permanent Residents).

Visiting Fellows

Postdoctoral scholars interested in visiting the Institute of Islamic Studies to conduct research for a semester or an academic year and who hold a fellowship or other award (conferred by McGill or another institution or agency) may apply for Visiting Fellow status.

Visiting fellows work independently, with occasional consultation with a mentor, a member of the Institute; are accorded full library privileges in the Islamic Studies Library, including the use of a carrel (space permitting); assigned a mailbox in the Institute's main office; and may attend classes, with the permission of the relevant Instructor.

Please note that Visiting Fellows receive no monetary compensation or salary (unless otherwise stipulated), nor are they provided with office space.

Immigration Regulations (for non-Canadians who do not have Permanent Residence status in Canada)

In accordance with Canadian and Québec law, any offer of visiting status is conditional upon your obtaining the appropriate work authorization from any or all of the following as applicable: Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Immigration Quebec and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

 


Application procedures:

Those interested in becoming a Visiting Scholar/Professor/Fellow at the Institute of Islamic Studies should send their application to:

VS Committee
Institute of Islamic Studies
Morrice Hall, Room 319
3485 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1Y1
Canada
 

Electronic applications are acceptable at the initial stage and may be sent to info [dot] islamics [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Info Islamics). However, hard copies of all application documents (including the letters of recommendation) are required of successful applicants at least one month before their start date.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A complete CV with list of publications.
  2. Two letters of reference (from academics).
  3. A letter from the applicant detailing his/her academic qualifications and current position, the research that he/she intends to undertake during the period in question, and the reason why he/she wishes to undertake that research at the Institute of Islamic Studies.

Letters of Recommendation

  1. The e-mailed recommendation letters must be sent from a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address (domain). Electronic letters sent from e-mail addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc, will not be accepted.
  2. The electronic letters should include information that would aid the Faculty Committee in making an informed decision.
  3. The referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.

Application deadlines:

Please note that late applications will not be considered.


For Visiting Professor or Visiting Scholar status starting on September 1 of a given academic year:

Deadline:        April 1 of that year
 


For Visiting  Professor or Visiting Scholar status starting on January 1 of a given academic year:

Deadline:        October 1 of the previous year

Postdoctoral Fellows

Potential candidates should find a professor interested in their research (see this link for our faculty:  http://www.mcgill.ca/islamicstudies/people/tenure-stream-professors) and then apply for the postdoctoral scholarships administered by McGill (Banting, Tomlinson and Mellon) with a deadline in fall. Unfortunately the Institute does not offer its own funding for postdoctoral fellows

Alternatively, you could apply for the Visiting Scholar status.