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Visiting scholars, postdocs, fellows and graduate research trainees

Visiting professors

McGill Law hosts some visiting professors, such as sabbaticants, Fullbright fellows, etc., each year.

Scholars who are interested in becoming a visiting scholar should complete our Visiting Scholar Application form [.doc] and email it to Me alison [dot] glaser [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Alison Glaser). Deadline is March 1 each year.

Postdoctoral researchers

The Faculty of Law hosts a handful of postdoctoral researchers each year. There are several important steps to consider when applying for postdoctoral positions, which have been outlined below:

  1. The prospective candidate should first liaise with a potential supervisor and obtain a confirmation that this professor is willing to supervise him or her. A professor’s willingness to supervise in no way obliges the Faculty to accept the candidate.
  2. The candidate must then fill out our Postdoctoral Fellow Application Form [.docx]. The deadline is August 1 each year. This form must state who the potential supervisor will be and where the candidate intends to obtain external funding.
  3. The Faculty of Law does an internal review of all of the postdoctoral applicants and decides whom they would like to make conditional offers to. If a candidate is accepted, the Faculty of Law sends a letter of invitation to the potential postdoc. This letter will say that acceptance is conditional on obtaining funding and a valid work permit.
  4. Candidates must find external funding. McGill regulations stipulate that a postdoctoral student must obtain external funding equal to or greater than $30,000 CAD per annum. It is solely the candidate’s responsibility to find and obtain such funding. The Faculty does offer institutional support on these applications, particularly with regards to the supporting documents that we will need to provide. However, it remains the candidate’s job to ensure that the application is complete and done properly.
  5. Once the candidate has secured funding, the Faculty will send the candidate a formal Letter of Invitation that he or she may use to obtain a work permit (if necessary). Once the candidate has fulfilled these conditions, he or she will be accepted into the postdoctoral program.
  6. Only candidates who have recently been awarded (within 5 years) a PhD or equivalent are eligible to hold a postdoctoral position.


Postdoctoral Fellows must obtain external funding. Most Canadian students are funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, while many students who are also Quebec Residents obtain funding from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture.

Both Canadian and International postdoctoral students may apply for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships; however, there are very few of these awards offered each year. The Faculty may only nominate 2 candidates for the Banting Fellowship each year. If you are interested in applying for this funding, please send your CV and project proposal (2-4 pages) to Me Alison Glaser (alison [dot] glaser [at] mcgill [dot] ca) by August 1.

Most international students obtain funding from their own governments. They can also apply for the Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students (Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, Recherche, Science et Technologie), which is a non-renewable one-year scholarship with a $35,000.00 CAN value.

Please consult the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information on requirements for postdoctoral studies at McGill. Jurists who are interested in air and space law fields can also consider the Erin Arsenault Postdoctoral Research Fellowships offered by McGill's IASL.

Questions and/or documentation should be sent to:

Me Alison Glaser
Room 407, New Chancellor Day Hall
Faculty of Law, McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

alison [dot] glaser [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Faculty fellowships

Boulton fellowships - Applications will reopen in fall 2014.

The Boulton Fund was established in 1983 under the terms of a bequest of the late A. Maxwell Boulton, QC (1909-1981), BA 1930, BCL 1933.

The purpose of the Fund is to enable the Faculty to invite, from time to time, a senior scholar to McGill to participate in the teaching and intellectual life of the Faculty as Boulton Visiting Professor; and to appoint one or more junior scholars, Boulton Fellows, in each academic year, in order to assist them in carrying out a research project of significance while gaining some teaching experience in the Faculty.

The Trustees of the Boulton Fund naturally look with particular favour upon research projects that have significance to the Canadian legal system and legal community although the subject matter of the project need not bear directly upon a subject of Canadian law. It is normally assumed that the finished product will be published in some form or another.

How to apply

Fellows are appointed upon an open competition.

Applications for the Boulton Fellowships should include a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of research project, and the names of the three referees. Applications should be addressed to the Boulton Fund Administrators, Faculty of Law, McGill University, and be sent by email to staffappointments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Alternatively, applications may be sent by mail to:
Boulton Fund Administrators
Faculty of Law, McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

Application deadline: 1 February each year. (please note that the 2014-2015 position has been filled). Applications will reopen in fall 2014.

Wainwright fellowships

The Wainwright Fund was established under the terms of the will of the late Arnold Wainwright, QC (1879-1967), BA 1899, BCL 1902, DCL 1963 of the Montreal Bar. Mtre Wainwright taught Civil law at McGill University from 1909 to 1934. His merits as a teacher of the Civil Law for over twenty-five years were recognized by the University in 1934 when it named him Emeritus Professor upon his retirement. In 1963, the degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa was conferred upon him by the University.

Mtre Wainwright bequeathed the residue of his estate to McGill University for the use of the Faculty of Law; in so doing, he intended to promote the scholarly study of the Civil Law of Quebec, which had always remained his abiding interest throughout his long and distinguished career.

The Faculty has since appointed a number of Wainwright Fellows, many of whom now hold academic positions in Canadian law faculties.

Graduate research trainees

Graduate students who are registered at other universities and who wish to visit McGill for a short period of time in order to conduct a portion of their research may apply to do so as a Graduate Research Trainee. Priority is given to visiting Doctoral students; we rarely accept visiting Master’s students.

There are several necessary steps to follow:

  1. The prospective student must apply to the Faculty by filling out the Graduate Research Trainee Pre-Selection form [.doc]. The deadlines are December 1 OR March 1 OR July 1 each year.
  2. Once the student has been accepted by the Faculty, he or she should find a prospective supervisor. Please note that the Faculty’s acceptance is conditional on the student finding a willing supervisor.
  3. Once the student has been accepted by the Faculty and has found a supervisor, the student must then apply through the University. All information on the process of applying for Graduate Research Trainee status can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies page on GRTs.

All questions and/or documentation should be sent to:

Me Alison Glaser
Room 407, New Chancellor Day Hall
Faculty of Law, McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

alison [dot] glaser [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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