Arnold & Blema Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellowships in International Migration Law and Policy

Please note the program is ending in the 2023-2024 year.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The vision and generosity of the Steinberg Foundation is at the heart of this exciting Fellowship opportunity. The Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism of the Faculty of Law at McGill University is delighted to offer one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will be funded by the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Foundation and the appointment shall be for one year. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of a research team in collaboration with the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) under the leadership and guidance of François Crépeau, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Former Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (2015-2018), and former U.N. Special Rapporteur (2011-2017) on the Human Rights of Migrants.

A principal objective of this Fellowship program is to develop the next generation of International Migration Law specialists interested in pursuing careers in migration law. Accordingly, in addition to completing a major research project, the successful candidate – as a member of the CHRLP team – will be strongly encouraged to participate in the activities of the CHRLP and Oppenheimer Chair initiatives.

About the Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism

The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism is a focal point for innovative legal and transdisciplinary research, dialogue, and outreach on human rights and legal pluralism. The Centre’s mission is to provide students, professors and the wider community with a locus of intellectual and physical resources for engaging critically with how law impacts upon some of the compelling social problems of our modern era.

About François Crépeau

François Crépeau is Full Professor and holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. From 2015-2018, he was the Director of McGill's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

The focus of his current research includes migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the intersection of security and migration, and the interface between the Rule of Law and globalization.

Fellowship Selection Criteria

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in law obtained within the last five years. The ideal candidate should have a solid track record of original research and a high level of proficiency in English. Candidates must also propose a research project with a clear focus on migration, mobility, or refugee-related issues.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • originality, quality, and relevance of the project to contemporary global issues of migration and mobility
  • a demonstrated ability to conduct legal research and perform other academic tasks substantiated by the candidate's previous track record of original research and publications
  • availability and willingness to actively participate in the academic life of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, including a commitment to be physically present in Montreal during the tenure of the postdoctoral fellowship
  • the candidate's desire and preparedness to pursue a career in human rights law and/or migration law, refugee law, and migration policy
  • practical or professional experience in working with migrants and refugees is considered as an asset

Application Process

The deadline for receiving applications is October 31st, 2022 at 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time (Montreal time). This full-time position will begin on January 15th. The selected candidates will receive a Fellowship stipend in the amount of $47,000 Canadian dollars for one year.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please e-mail the following documents to [at] with the subject line, “Application: Steinberg Post-doctoral Fellowship.”

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal (four pages maximum)
  • Transcript of doctoral studies
  • At least one writing sample (from peer-reviewed publications, if possible)
  • Names of three referees who may be invited to send letters of reference

For more information about the Fellowships, please contact [at]

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