Graduate/Postdoctoral Research Trainees and Postdoctoral Fellows

As a research based institution, McGill encourages professors to work and collaborate with scholars around the globe to facilitate collaboration, the University has established programs through which professors can attract and supervise potential colleagues to assist them in their respective research projects. 

There are generally three categories of Research Trainees/Fellows at McGill:

  • Graduate Research Trainee

  • Postdoctoral Research Trainee

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

How to become a Research Trainee/Fellow at McGill?

1. A McGill faculty member must accept to host the candidate for a specific project and/or research for a set period of time (the length of stay can vary depending on the category).

2. The faculty member must obtain approval from the Chair of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education.

3. It is highly recommended that the candidate provides the faculty member with the following documents at least six (6) to eight (8) months prior to the anticipated start date. All documents must be in English or French.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of funding (where applicable)

4. The faculty member will set up the candidate with contact information for our Admin Student Affairs Coordinator, Michael Lariviere.

5. The Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator, Michael Lariviere will advise and guide the candidate on the process.


To ensure a smooth and timely application process, the faculty member and candidate must adhere to the five steps outlined above. If either does not, delays and/or failure to accept the candidate may occur. 


Additional Information:

- For those requiring a work permit: before an Offer of Employment ID is issued, the Trainee/Fellow needs to research how the process works for his/her country and what he/she will have to do. Once the Trainee/Fellow has completed the above and all documentation is gathered, we will create the Offer of employment ID you will need.

- It is key to consider that certain documents must be submitted depending on the category that each candidate falls into in order to process each application. A list of these documents (but not limited) can be found below for the candidate’s reference:

a)       Graduate Research Trainee:

  • Graduate Research Trainee registration form
  • Letter of Permission from the University
  • Transcripts from university currently enrolled in

b)      Postdoctoral Research Trainees:

  • Postdoctoral registration form
  • Transcripts from university
  • Letter of Permission
  • Letter of Recommendation

c)       Postdoctoral Fellow:

  • Must have a minimum of $30,000 in funding that cannot come from personal funds.
  • Postdoctoral registration form
  • Copy of letter of agreement
  • One of the following: valid Work Permit, Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Permanent Resident Card
  • One of the following: Copy of final transcript, Certifified/Notorized copy of PhD Diploma, Official letter issued by Office of Graduate Studies indicating successful completion of all PhD requirements.
  • Copy of Department letter of offer/invitation.
  • Quebec Permanent Code Data Form


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