COVID-19 Update

Further to Quebec government directives, McGill University campuses will be closed until further notice. All Campus Life & Engagement in-person activities including workshops and events are cancelled or postponed to a later date. Please check your email for updates. We will be providing limited services through virtual means and will respond to firstyear [at] (emails) during our regular hours 10:00AM – 4:30PM, Monday to Friday.

Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Researchers

Congratulations and welcome to graduate studies!

We hope you are excited about starting your graduate studies at McGill. If this is your first time at McGill University or you’ve chosen to continue to study at McGill as a first-time graduate student, it’s important for you to know that Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E) is here for you. As a service for everyone “new” at McGill, our office provides year-long support for new and/or first-time graduate students. Please do not ever hesitate to contact us, especially when you aren’t sure where to go with your questions or concerns. We are a phone call, email or drop-in visit away from helping you find the answers to your questions.
In the meantime and before you arrive on campus, help yourself have a strong start to your McGill career by taking the time to read the following important University Welcome messages.

From your Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

I am extremely pleased to welcome you to McGill University. McGill is a student-centred research institution that places singular importance upon the quality of graduate education and postdoctoral training.

As Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), it is my role to ensure that you have a stimulating, successful, and enriching graduate or postdoctoral experience at McGill. GPS is committed to promoting university-wide excellence for graduate and postdoctoral education at McGill and positioning McGill as a premiere graduate institution in North America. We work closely with the Faculties, central administration, graduate students, professors, researchers, and postdoctoral fellows to provide leadership and vision for graduate teaching, supervision, and research across our over 400 graduate programs. We also oversee graduate policies and regulations, support for postdoctoral fellows, and the disbursement of graduate fellowships.

GPS provides you with the tools and information you need to make your graduate or postdoctoral experience at McGill a success. Our website is a key resource for graduate policies and regulations, details about funding opportunities and support for postdoctoral fellows, guidelines for thesis preparation and examination, and supervision. GPS has three Associate Deans who can help you work through challenges related to funding, supervision, or your academic program. We also do outreach with the graduate community through, for example, collaborative workshops with SKILLSETS, PGSS, and CaPS. We encourage you to take advantage of these offerings to enrich your graduate experience.

On behalf of GPS, I would like to wish you all the very best in your graduate and postdoctoral studies at McGill.

Josephine Nalbantoglu
Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

From your New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E)

On behalf of Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E), I would like to warmly welcome you to the vibrant Graduate & Postdoctoral community at McGill University! Whether you find yourself returning to the McGill community, or will be a fresh face in our classrooms, I am excited to help you embark on this new phase in your academic studies.

CL&E (pronounced like “clay”) is a proud member of McGill’s Student Services, and we are here to serve as your key to success and go-to hub for connecting all new students. The CL&E team is here to help you navigate the ins-and-outs of McGill, working with departments and student organizations to build a rewarding and well-rounded graduate experience for you.

A big part of CL&E’s portfolio is to help you transition into graduate and post-doctoral life through our Orientation programs. This year, the CL&E team is excited to continue and amp up our pre-arrival resources for grad students, such as our Grad Life Orientation (GLO), to best support our students during this Fall’s remote learning and beyond. We’ll be sending you regular updates to your McGill email, posting on our Facebook and Instagram, and the McGill Grad Entering Class of 2020-2021 group. Be sure to check out the Graduate & Postdoctoral Orientation website for more!

Beyond your first year at McGill, CL&E is here to offer you with leadership development, peer program networks, and support systems to best suit your needs as a graduate student. Check out our Student Support & Services page for a detailed look at ways you can become involved and empowered at McGill!

If you have any questions during your transition in McGill—or at anytime during your degree—please do not hesitate to contact us! We either know the answer to your questions, or know someone who does.

All the best,
Gilbert Lin, New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E) | Student Services


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