Postdoctoral fellows

In Quebec, “Postdoctoral” is a full-time student status and trainee category, and the Ministère de l'Education, Enseignement supérieur et Recherche (MESRS) stipulates that all Postdocs must be registered on a university student registration system. The status of Postdocs has changed in recent years, starting with the federal government’s decision in 2010 to classify them as employees. The Quebec government, for its part, had continued to classify Postdocs as trainees until 2011, when it began classifying postdocs at some Quebec universities – and eventually McGill – as employees. 

Candidates seeking postdoctoral registration must meet all eligibility requirements for postdoctoral status in conformity with Quebec provincial rules and regulations, as well as McGill University regulations and policies governing postdoctoral education. As postdoctoral status is a trainee/student classification, you are not eligible for postdoctoral status if you hold an active status or affiliation with an institution or organization. Holders of MDCM, DDS, DMD or DVM degrees are not eligible for postdoctoral status without a subsequent specialty certification.

As of January 1, 2017, some McGill Postdocs have dual status as both students and employees:

  1. Postdocs who receive external funding, and are therefore not paid by McGill University (referred to as “Group A”).
    These are considered students, not McGill employees.

  2. Postdocs who obtain their own personal funding/awards, and are paid 100% out of those funds through McGill’s payroll systems (referred to as “Group B” or “SPU 777”).
    These are considered students, not McGill employees.

  3. Postdocs who receive more than 25% of their funding from McGill funds (referred to as part of “Group C” or “SPU 888”).
    These have dual status as both students and McGill employees, and are members of the AMURE (Postdocs) bargaining unit. Their pay, benefits, working conditions, etc. are governed by their collective agreement.

  4. Postdocs who receive McGill funds, but for whom these McGill funds constitute 25% (or less) of their total funding (referred to as part of “Group C” or “SPU 555”).
    These have dual status as both students and McGill employees, but are not unionized. McGill has chosen to offer them the same benefits package to which other Group C Postdocs are entitled, so long as they meet McGill’s eligibility requirements.