Eligibility & Application

The program is open to international students as well as to residents of Canada. Application procedures depend on the specific type of training activity or program. As the primary goal of the CIHR funding is to increase research capacity in Canada, preference will be given to applicants for fellowships or scholarships who are Canadian residents or able to remain and work in Canada following completion of the program. International applicants who do not wish to stay in Canada are encouraged to apply but should explore the possibility of obtaining their own salary support from another source. (Note also that doctoral and masters degrees require separate applications and payment of university tuition fees; the rates for tuition are higher for out-of-province and international students.)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The program offers 1 or 2-year post-doctoral fellowships on a competitive basis for candidates who have completed (or expect to complete) doctoral work in a mental health field or social science. Up to 4 fellowships are available per year. Fellows will conduct independent research on themes related to the program and ongoing faculty research. They will also take part in teaching activities of the Division. Applications should be sent directly to the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry. Complete applications must include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter explaining your research background, interests and career goals
  • three letters of reference
  • a sample of written work representative of your scholarship and research ability
  • foreign applicants should also provide proof of English competency

Preference will be given to Canadian residents but international students will be considered. Applications for the following year will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Information on fellowships for psychiatric residents can be found at:

Doctoral Scholarships

The Culture and Mental Health Services training program will provide some support for students pursuing doctoral study in the field of culture and mental health services. Application should be made directly to the Department with the doctoral program of interest. The Department of Psychiatry does not have a doctoral degree although, in exceptional cases, it is possible to arrange for an ad hoc PhD program through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In general, this is reserved for students who have already completed an MSc within the Department of Psychiatry.

Master of Science

The Department of Psychiatry has an MSc program, which can be taken with a focus on culture and mental health services. The MSc is a research degree and does not provide a path for clinical training. Information on the MSc program and the application procedure can be found at:

Summer Program and Advanced Institutes

The Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry runs an annual summer program in social and cultural psychiatry as well as an annual advanced institute. Courses and workshops can be taken for professional development, CME, and academic credit (for those already enrolled in a degree program.)


Director: Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD

Coordinating Committee:
Gilles Bibeau, PhD
Ellen Corin, PhD
Jaswant Guzder, MD
Cécile Rousseau, MD, MSc
Allan Young, PhD

Program Manager: Kay Berckmans

Contact information

The Sir Mortimer B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital
Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry
4333 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd.
Room 232
Montreal, Quebec
H3T 1E4

Tel.: 514-340-7549
Fax: 524-340-7503
kay.berckmans [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)