Visiting Scholars, Postdocs & Fellows


Visiting Scholars

McGill Law hosts a small number of visiting scholars, such as sabbaticants, Fulbright fellows, etc., each year. Those who are interested in becoming a visiting scholar should complete the File Visiting Scholars Application Form and [at] (subject: Visiting%20Scholar%20Application) (email) it to the attention of the [at] (subject: Visiting%20Scholar) (Research Office) of the Faculty of Law. The Faculty is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year which must be received on or before 1 February 2019. No application will be accepted after that date. Since we receive more requests than we can accommodate, invitations can only be issued to scholars who have ongoing research collaborations with one or more McGill Law Faculty member and who hold funding for their stay. Please kindly allow a minimum of 2 weeks for an answer to each communication with our office.​

Post-doctoral researchers

The Faculty of Law hosts a handful of postdoctoral researchers each year. The following details application and funding requirements. Applications are reviewed only once per year, and the deadline to apply is February 1st of the year preceding the academic year during which the fellowship will be taken.

There are several important steps to consider when applying for postdoctoral positions, outlined below:

  1. The prospective candidate should first liaise with a potential supervisor and obtain a confirmation that this professor is willing to supervise him or her. A professor’s willingness to supervise in no way obliges the Faculty to accept the candidate.
  2. The candidate must then fill out our Application Form and send it to the [at] (subject: Postdoctoral%20application) (Research Office) of the Faculty of Law. This form must state who the potential supervisor will be and where the candidate intends to obtain external funding.
  3. PLEASE, NOTE OUR NEW DEADLINE: The deadline to submit application is February 1st of the year preceding the academic year during which the fellowship will be taken (e.g., 1 February 2019 for a fellowship starting during the 2019-2020 academic year). No application will be accepted after that date. Applications are assessed only after the dealdine has passed and the Faculty requires from 4 to 6 weeks to review them.
  4. The Faculty of Law does an internal review of all of the postdoctoral applicants and decides whom they would like to make conditional offers to. If a candidate is accepted, the Faculty of Law sends a letter of invitation to the potential postdoc. This letter will say that acceptance is conditional on obtaining funding and a valid work permit.
  5. Candidates must find external funding. McGill regulations stipulate that a postdoctoral student must obtain external funding equal to or greater than $30,000 CAD per annum. It is solely the candidate’s responsibility to find and obtain such funding. The Faculty does offer institutional support on these applications, particularly with regards to the supporting documents that we will need to provide. However, it remains the candidate’s job to ensure that the application is complete and done properly.
  6. Although all applications must go through a formal process before an official invitation is made, the Faculty may issue an expression of interest to assist you in securing funding as required.  Although it will be our pleasure to try and accommodate candidates, if you require such an expression of interest, it is preferable to contact us four (4) to six (6) weeks before the sponsor’s deadline in order to allow for processing and approvals.
  7. Once the candidate has secured funding, the Faculty will send the candidate a formal Letter of Invitation that he or she may use to obtain a work permit (if necessary). Once the candidate has fulfilled these conditions, he or she will be accepted into the postdoctoral program.
  8. Only candidates who have recently been awarded (within 5 years) a PhD or equivalent are eligible to hold a postdoctoral position.
  9. Kindly consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information.

Please kindly allow a minimum of 2 weeks for an answer to each communication with our office.​


Postdoctoral Fellows must obtain external funding. Most Canadian students are funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, while many students who are also Quebec Residents obtain funding from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture.

Both Canadian and International postdoctoral students are eligible to apply for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships; however, there are very few of these awards offered each year. The Faculty may only nominate one candidate for the Banting Fellowship each year (and, some years, exceptionally two). A call for proposals is circulated to all Faculty members sometime in April inviting them to propose potential candidates. If you are interested in applying, please inform your supervisor or intended supervisor. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Faculty of Law Research Office.

Most international students obtain funding from their own governments. They can also apply for the Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students (Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, Recherche, Science et Technologie), which is a non-renewable one-year scholarship with a $35,000.00 CAN value.

Please consult the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information on requirements for postdoctoral studies at McGill. Jurists who are interested in air and space law fields can also consider the Erin Arsenault Postdoctoral Research Fellowships offered by McGill's IASL.


Questions and/or documentation should be sent by [at] (subject: Postdoctoral%20Fellowships) (email).

Alternatively, applications may be sent by mail to:

Research Office
Room 503, New Chancellor Day Hall
Faculty of Law, McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

Please kindly allow a minimum of 2 weeks for an answer to each communication with our office.​

Faculty fellowships

Meet our current postdocs.

Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellowships in Space Governance

The Arsenault Fellowships, which are supported by the Erin J. C. Arsenault Trust, are intended for graduate students engaged in research on the pursuit of peace and security in outer space through law, policy and global governance at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL).

Value: up to $20,000 for Master of Laws (LL.M.) students and $30,000 per year for Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) students at the Institute of Air and Space Law, at McGill's Faculty of Law. These fellowships are renewable annually on the basis of outstanding performance during the preceding year.

For more information, visit the IASL's website.

Boulton fellowships

The Boulton Fund was established in 1983 under the terms of a bequest of the late A. Maxwell Boulton, QC (1909-1981), BA 1930, BCL 1933.

The purpose of the Fund is to enable the Faculty to invite, from time to time, a senior scholar to McGill to participate in the teaching and intellectual life of the Faculty as Boulton Visiting Professor; and to appoint one or more junior scholars, Boulton Fellows, in each academic year, in order to assist them in carrying out a research project of significance while gaining some teaching experience in the Faculty.

The Trustees of the Boulton Fund naturally look with particular favour upon research projects that have significance to the Canadian legal system and legal community although the subject matter of the project need not bear directly upon a subject of Canadian law. It is normally assumed that the finished product will be published in some form or another.

How to apply

Fellows are appointed upon an open competition.

Applications for the Boulton Fellowships should include a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of research project, and the names of the three referees. Applications should be addressed to the Boulton Fund Administrators, Faculty of Law, McGill University, and be sent by email to [at]

Alternatively, applications may be sent by mail to:
Boulton Fund Administrators
Faculty of Law, McGill University
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

Application deadline: 1 February each year. 

Wainwright fellowships

The Wainwright Fund was established under the terms of the will of the late Arnold Wainwright, QC (1879-1967), BA 1899, BCL 1902, DCL 1963 of the Montreal Bar. Mtre Wainwright taught Civil law at McGill University from 1909 to 1934. His merits as a teacher of the Civil Law for over twenty-five years were recognized by the University in 1934 when it named him Emeritus Professor upon his retirement. In 1963, the degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa was conferred upon him by the University.

Mtre Wainwright bequeathed the residue of his estate to McGill University for the use of the Faculty of Law; in so doing, he intended to promote the scholarly study of the Civil Law of Quebec, which had always remained his abiding interest throughout his long and distinguished career.

The Faculty has since appointed a number of Wainwright Fellows, many of whom now hold academic positions in Canadian law faculties.

Steinberg Fellowships in International Migration Law & Policy

The Arnold & Blema Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellowships in International Migration Law & Policy are funded by the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Foundation and the appointment(s) shall be for an initial duration of one year with a possibility of renewal for one more year. The Postdoctoral Fellow(s) 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 supervision of Professor François Crépeau, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.

A principal objective of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program is to train the next generation of International Migration Law specialists interested in pursuing careers in Migration Law. Accordingly, in addition to completing a major research project, successful candidates, as members of the CHRLP team, will be strongly encouraged to participate in the relevant activities of the CHRLP and Oppenheimer Chair initiatives.

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

The criteria for selection are as follows:

  • originality, quality, and relevance of the project to contemporary global issues of migration and mobility.
  • ability demonstrated by the candidate 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 of the candidate to participate actively 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 deadline and procedure:

The deadline for receiving applications is 1 February 2018 at 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time (Montreal time). The review of applications will commence immediately thereafter and continue until the position(s) is (are) filled. This full-time position will begin on 1 September 2018 and will last until 31 August 2019.

The selected candidates will receive a Fellowship of the value of 50,000 Canadian Dollars per annum.

Applications are to be submitted electronically to the attention of the selection committee at [at] Applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research proposal (maximum four pages), a transcript of postgraduate (doctoral) studies, and one or more writing samples (from peer-reviewed publications, if possible). Applicants should also name three referees who may be invited by the CHRLP to send letters of reference.

For more information about the Arnold & Blema Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellowships in International Migration Law & Policy, please contact [at]