BMO Postdoctoral Fellowship

View current and former fellows. 


BMO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Montreal studies


Research budget

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the 2021–2022 academic year.

CIRM brings together researchers whose interests are connected to Montreal. Its mission is: 1) to stimulate emerging research in Montreal studies and to unite the research being conducted within various disciplines and universities; 2) to 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: $3,000$[2]

  • The duration of the fellowship ranges from 8 months to 1 year. Depending on the public health context and authorization by public health officials, the fellowship recipient will have the option of having a workspace in the CIRM offices, located at 680 Sherbrooke Street West, 8th floor, Montreal. 



  1. The candidates must:
    • 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.
  2. The submitted projects must deal in whole or in part (comparative research is accepted) with Montreal and intersect with at least one of CIRM’s six research-action axes.
  3. Applications must be written in English or in French and be sent electronically, as a single PDF document, to CIRM’s nik.luka [at] (Interim Director),stephan.gervais [at] ( Scientific Coordinator), and elissa.kayal [at] (Administrative Assistant) before May 10, 2021.
  4. Fellowship recipients are expected to participate in CIRM’s work during the duration of the award. The terms of this participation can be discussed with the Centre’s director and coordinators.
  5. Candidates must have received their doctorate in 2018 or later.
  6. Candidates must have sufficient knowledge of the French language or be willing to take courses once in office through McGill University’s French Language Centre.
  7. The accumulation of awards with those from large funding organizations, or others, is permitted.



  • Application deadline: May 10, 2021
  • Evaluation of applications and, if applicable, interviews with finalists: between May 16 and 31
  • Results announcement: June 4 at the latest
  • Fellowships are awarded by  a jury composed of members of CIRM’s Executive Committee who have not endorsed an application.


Content of the application

  • Letter of intent, in which the applicant’s supervisor, home university, and anticipated contribution to the work at CIRM are specified
  • Description of the research project (maximum 3 single-spaced pages)
  • Resume (university studies, publications, awards, relevant work and experience)
  • Copy of transcripts (graduate studies only)
  • Confirmation of doctoral defence 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 nik.luka [at] (CIRM’s Interim Director) by those writing them)
  • 1 letter from the supervisor confirming the research collaboration

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


Evaluation criteria

  • Academic performance
  • Relevance of the research proposal with regard to CIRM’s research-action axes and structuring projects
  • Appeal of the anticipated contribution to CIRM’s work and activities
  • Confirmed interest and ability in interdisciplinary and intersectoral work as well as team work
  • Leadership and community engagement

Submission and defence of the thesis prior to the application’s deadline is an asset.


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [at] or 514-398-3711.

[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 $3,000 envelop for justified expenses related to the researcher’s project.

Back to top