BMO Postdoctoral Fellowship

45 000$

BMO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Montréal Studies (including benefits)


Research budget



Next call for applications: Winter 2021


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) is no longer accepting applications to a postdoctoral fellowship for the academic year 2020-2021.

CIRM brings together researchers whose interests are connected to Montreal. Its mission is to 1) stimulate emerging research on Montreal studies and to unite the research being conducted within various disciplines and universities; 2) develop partnerships, sets of themes, and fundamental and applied research projects on the economic, social, cultural and governmental spheres of Montreal.


CIRM Research-Action Axes

  1. Digital culture, art, literature, and performance
  2. Language, belonging and plurilingualism
  3. Economy, social innovation and social transformation
  4. Mobility, urban planning, and environment
  5. Governance, institutions and citizen participation
  6. Immigration, living conditions, and religion


Fellowship value and duration 

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Montreal Studies: 45 000$[1]
  • Research budget: 3000$[2]

  • The duration of the fellowship ranges from 8 months to 1 year. The fellowship recipient will have the option of having a workspace in the CIRM offices, located at 680 Sherbrooke Street West, 8th floor. 



  • The candidates have to:
    • Be either Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have the appropriate visa;
    • Be registered or committed to registering full-time in a Quebec university;
    • Be supervised by a regular or associate CIRM member;
    • The submitted projects must deal wholly or in part (comparative research is accepted) with Montreal and intersect with at least one of the Centre’s six research-action axes;
    • Applications must be written in French or in English and be sent electronically, as a single PDF document, to the pascal.brissette [at] (director), thestephan.gervais [at] ( scientific coordinator) and to the elissa.kayal [at] (administrative assistant) of CIRM before April 3, 2020;
    • The holders of the awards must participate in CIRM’s work during the duration of the award. The terms of this participation can be discussed with the Centre’s directors and coordinators;
    • Candidates must have received their doctorate in 2017 or later;
    • The accumulation of awards with those from large funding organizations, or others, is permitted.



  • Application deadline: Apris 3, 2020
  • Evaluation of applications and, if applicable, interviews with finalists: between April 6th and 9th
  • Results communication: April 13th at the latest


Content of the application

  • Letter of intent, in which the supervisor's name, the home university and the anticipated contribution to the work at CIRM are specified
  • Description of the research project (maximum 3 single-spaced pages)
  • Resume (university studies, publications, awards received, relevant work and experience)
  • Copy of transcript (post-secondary education)
  • Confirmation of defense in the event that the diploma is in the process of being obtained
  • Evaluation reports of thesis jury members 
  • 2 letters of recommendation (directly sent to pascal.brissette [at] (CIRM's director))

Information inquiries are to be communicated to elissa.kayal [at] (Elissa Kayal).


Evaluation criteria

  • Academic performance
  • Relevance of the research proposal with regard to the research-action axes and CIRM's structuring projects
  • Appeal of the anticipated contribution to CIRM's work and activities
  • Confirmed interest in interdisciplinary and intersectoral work
  • Leadership and community engagement
  • Submission and defense of the thesis prior to the application's deadline is an asset

[1] Since postdoctoral fellowships are generally considered as wages by universities, significant deductions at source are to be anticipated  (tax, union contributions, social benefits).

[2] CIRM reserves a 3000$ envelop for justified expenses related to the researcher's project.



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