A leave of absence may be granted for maternity or parental reasons or for health reasons (see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Graduate > Health and Parental/Familial Leave of Absence Policy).
Such a leave must be requested on a term-by-term basis and may be granted for a period of up to 52 weeks. Students and Postdocs must make a request for such a leave in writing to their department and submit a medical certificate. The department shall forward the request to Enrolment Services. See procedure under Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Graduate > Health and Parental/Familial Leave of Absence Policy. Students who have been granted such a leave will have to register for the term(s) in question and their registration will show as “leave of absence” on their record. No tuition fees will be charged for the duration of the authorized leave. Research supervisors are not obligated to remunerate students and Postdocs on leave. GPS has prepared a summary table of various leave policies (paid or unpaid) for students and Postdocs paid from the Federal and Quebec Councils through fellowships or research grants. The document is available at www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/progress/leave-vacation under “Information on the Funding Council Leave Policies for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows.”