Applicants must first contact a potential supervisor in one of the three partnering universities (McGill, Laval and UQAM). Students must then apply to the supervisor's department. All students must meet the admission criteria of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the university and the entrance requirements of the specific department.

Candidates applying to BESS will be considered by the Program Delivery Committee, who will take into account the following criteria:

  1. Academic background
  2. Relevance and viability of proposed research
  3. Fit and benefits to BESS
  4. Research done in the Neotropics
  5. Proficiency in French, Spanish, or Portuguese is highly desirable

*All applicants are invited to apply but priority will be given to projects related to the core disciplines of BESS: Biology, Natural Resource Sciences, Geography, Environment. 


Students applying through McGill University

In addition to apply to McGill University (detailes here), you must apply to for the Neotropical Environment Option (NEO: application form) AND BESS (application form)***.

***Please ensure that the application form used for BESS is the Version 2. 

Deadline to apply: January 15th – but applicants are encouraged to apply earlier.

Students applying through Laval and UQAM

Students from Laval or UQAM do not need to apply for NEO. Please submit your application directly to bess.redpath [at] using the application form.  Deadline to apply: January 15th – but applicants are encouraged to apply earlier.

For any further questions please contact bess.redpath [at]