Learning at The Neuro

Each year, we train 300+ graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world

The Neuro is the hub of neuroscience at McGill

Excellent training in neuroscience is also offered in departments such as:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Music
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Physics and Psychology
  • in McGill affiliated hospital research centres 
     

Students training in neuroscience at The Neuro and at McGill have many advantages:

  • Breadth and depth in neuroscience
  • Close integration of clinical and basic neurosciences
  • Hundreds of bright, motivated students and trainees
  • More than 150 neuroscientists in institutes, centres and departments
  • Cross-disciplinary research and training opportunities
  • Extensive infrastructure for brain imaging, genomics, nanoscience, optical imaging, proteomics, super computing and more
  • Largest concentration of neuroscientists in North America
  • Interaction with pharmaceutical and biotech industries
     

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Undergraduate students

Honours Projects

Fourth-year undergraduate students may conduct an Honours Project in a research laboratory at The Neuro. Interacting with scientists and lab personnel, the student conducts a research project and presents a final paper. Each McGill department can provide more information.

BSc Programs in Neuroscience

Work in Labs

Undergraduate students may work in research laboratories at The Neuro as volunteers or as paid employees to gain valuable knowledge and laboratory experience. To explore opportunities for lab work, students should contact faculty members at The Neuro whose research matches their interests. See Research at The Neuro.

Graduate students

About 200 students, residents and fellows work in The Neuro’s 50 research labs. Many pursue a Masters or PhD in McGill University's Integrated Program in Neuroscience, one of the largest such programs in North America. In addition, graduate students at The Neuro can pursue their degrees through programs in Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroengineering and more.

Students learn techniques and develop research skills in brain imaging, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, cognitive psychology, electrophysiology, immunology, morphology, neuro-engineering, systems neuroscience and other specialties. Through our many seminar series and named lectures, students can hear the world's most prominent scientists present their latest work, as well as, enjoy many opportunities to participate in international meetings.

For information about McGill University's Integrated Program in Neuroscience, an inter-departmental, inter-disciplinary neuroscience program for graduate students, contact:

McGill University Integrated Program in Neuroscience
Room 302, Irving Ludmer Building
1033 Pine Ave. W.
T: 514-398-1229
ipn [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Edward Ruthazer, Program Director
T: 514-398-1229
director.ipn [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Graduate Program Coordinator
T: 514-398-1905
ipn [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Post-doc

Post-doctoral fellows are critical to the progress of research at The Neuro. By joining a lab, post-doctoral fellows continue their training, work toward an independent career and help guide graduate students. Weekly seminar series, special lectures, international conferences and a collegial atmosphere enrich The Neuro’s superb training environment. Interested students should contact Neuro faculty members whose research matches their interests. See Research at The Neuro.

Residents and Fellows

Medical residents and clinical fellows have trained at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital since its founding in 1934. More than 1,300 former fellows have established careers in prominent medical and academic centres around the world and many are leaders in their field. Clinical fellows develop specialized skills under the guidance of a faculty mentor and may explore this opportunity by contacting Neuro physicians with complementary interests.

The Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency Programs are coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Residents benefit from a vibrant clinical community and an expanded network as the Montreal Neurological Hospital is one of five teaching hospitals in the McGill University Health Centre. For information on post-graduate medical education, see http://www.med.mcgill.ca/

For information about the Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency Programs visithttps://www.mcgill.ca/neurology-neurosurgery/education/residency


FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

The Neuro offers fellowships, studentships and travel awards through a competitive process.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  1. Applicant must hold an M.D and/or Ph.D. degree.
  2. You must have received your M.D and/or Ph.D. by April 2019 or later in order to meet the eligibility requirements. Interruptions, delays or post-degree clinical training in your post-PhD cumulative experience may be taken into account in determining eligibility if detailed information on the interruption, including specific dates, is provided.
  3. Prior to submitting an application, applicants must contact a faculty member at The Neuro and obtain their agreement to act as their primary postdoctoral supervisor. The faculty member must be identified on the application and will be required to provide a letter of support.
  4. Applicant must identify two sponsors and have each of them complete and submit the Sponsor’s Assessment of a Candidate for a Fellowship Award form.
  5. Fellowships are awarded based on merit and on a competitive basis.

Applications are opened from August 21, 2023 at noon until October 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m: Apply here

Please click on the categories below to learn more.

Jeanne Timmins Fellowship

  • The Jeanne Timmins Fellowship Candidates must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree. Candidates with M.D. degrees will ordinarily have completed clinical studies in neurology or neurosurgery. Research is being carried out in a variety of contemporary clinical and basic research areas. 

4 awards, $40,000 each 

Molson Neuroengineering Fellowship

  • Candidates must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and be interested in pursuing high-level work in NeuroEngineering. 

1 award, $50,000 

The Redpoll Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Candidates must have a PhD degree and be interested in pursuing research in the field of Neuroimmunology and Neurodegeneration. 

1 award, $50,000

 

 

Clinical Awards

Fellowships

  1. To verify your eligibility and apply for a clinical fellowship, visit the Postgraduate Medical Education website.
  2. Neuro-related fellowships can be found under the Neurology and Neurosurgery tabs.
  3. If you have been selected for a clinical fellowship, The Neuro may offer you one of the following awards:

Jeanne Timmins Awards

Candidates must have an M.D. or M.D. Ph.D. degree. Candidates with M.D. degrees will ordinarily have completed clinical studies in neurology or neurosurgery. Research is being carried out in a variety of contemporary clinical and basic research areas.
3 awards issued
amount: $60 000 each

Desjardins Clinical Fellowship

  • Candidates for the Desjardins Clinical Fellowship must have an M.D. and have completed their residency in the field of Neurology.

1 award, $50,000

Preston Robb Award

Candidates must have an M.D. or M.D. Ph.D. degree. Candidates with M.D. degrees will ordinarily have completed clinical studies in neurology or neurosurgery. Research is being carried out in a variety of contemporary clinical and basic research areas.
1 award issued
amount: $60 000

Mark Rayport & Shirley Ferguson Rayport Clinical Award in Epilepsy Surgery

Supports the training of a neurologist or neurosurgeon to develop expertise in the treatment of epilepsy and to have the opportunity to study related research techniques.
1 award issued
amount: $60 000

Travel Awards

All clinical fellows will automatically be considered for a travel award. - Apply here

Note: covers the period from November 1, 2022 – April 30, 2024, and may be used for virtual meetings, events, and conferences)  

The Graida and Arthur Victor Movement Disorder Travel Award provides travel expenses for fellows presenting research related to movement disorders at international scientific meetings, including the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

 

 

 

If you are interested in a clinical fellowship, complete the following form and then apply through the Postgraduate Medical Education website.

Research Travel Awards

The following travel awards are available to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. 

Travel awards cover the period from November 1, 2023 - April 30, 2025.

Applications are opened from August 21, 2023 at noon until October 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM: Apply here

 

The Simon Groom Student Travel Award - up to $1000 for travel expenses of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows presenting research related to epilepsy at international scientific meetings, including the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

The Dr. Richard Murphy Travel Award - up to $1500 for travel expenses of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows presenting research at national and international scientific meetings, including the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

The Don Baxter Collaborative Fund - up to $3000 for travel expenses of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and clinical trainees, to visit labs in other locations to learn new techniques and forge collaborative links as well as to attend specialized courses directly related to their area of study/specialty offered nationally or internationally.

The Tom Gevas Student Travel Award - up to $1500 for travel expenses of graduate students presenting research at national and international scientific meetings, including the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

The Hay Foundation External Training Travel Award - up to $5000 for travel expenses of graduate students to attend specialized courses directly related to their area of study/specialty offered nationally or internationally.

The McKerracher External Training Travel Award in Regenerative Medicine - up to $5000 for travel expenses to graduate students or post-doctoral fellows whose research involves brain development, neurodegenerative medicine as well as stem cells and pluripotent cells development.

The Lewis Reford Fellows Travel Award - up to $1500 for travel expenses of post-doctoral fellows presenting research at national and international scientific meetings, including the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Albert Gombay Neuroscience Travel Award - up to $1000 for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows presenting research at national and international scientific meetings.

Travel awards may be used for virtual meetings, events, and conferences. 

Studentships

Please note the following studentships are open to students at The Neuro only. Other studentships available to all students registered in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN) may be found on the IPN website.

The Jeanne Timmins Costello Studentship

$10,000 stipend support to graduate students (masters or doctoral level) at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) to proceed with their research or to further their knowledge and research experience in the field of neurological diseases.

The Christian Geada Brain Tumour Research Studentship

$10,000 stipend support to a graduate student (masters or doctoral level) conducting research directly related to brain tumours at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital).

The Harold and Audrey Fisher Brain Tumour Training Studentship

$10,000 stipend support to graduate students (masters or doctoral level) conducting research directly related to brain tumours at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital).

The Molson Neuro-Engineering Studentship

$10,000 stipend to support graduate students (masters or doctoral level) who are pursuing high-level work in neuroengineering at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital).

The Joan and Warren Chippindale Outstanding Student Award

$1,500 award to recognize and award the highest-ranked graduate (masters or doctoral level) students at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital).

The C. Nance Common Neuroscience Award

$400 award to support doctoral students pursuing careers in neuroscience at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital).

The Massabky Mary Foundation Studentship

$400 stipend for a graduate student from the middle east working at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital).

The Sophia Vorias Memorial Prize

Established in 2024 by family and friends in loving memory of Sophia Vorias. Awarded by the IPN Awards Committee on the basis of academic excellence in Neurology or Neuroscience to any graduate student working at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) or in IPN enrolled in a full-time degree program.

Competition Results

 

2024-2025

Fellowships

The Jeanne Timmins Costello Fellowship: Jeremie Ginzburg (R. Zatorre), Maxime Bigotte (J. A. Stratton), Alfie Wearn (N. Spreng), Ying He (X. Chai)

The Molson Neuro-Engineering Fellowship: Jordan Dekraker (B. Bernhardt)

The REDPOLL Fellowship: Nonthue Ucceli (T. Kennedy)

 

Travel Awards

Dr. Richard Murphy Travel Award: Raul Rodrigues-Cruces (B. Bernhardt), Alfie Wearn (N. Spreng), Mohammad Amro (R. Diaz)

Simon Groom Student Travel Award: Eleanor Hill (S. Baillet), Donna Caballo (B. Bernhardt)

Don Baxter Collaborative Fund: Amad Naseer Khan (A. Sadikot), Maeva Gacoin (J. Clery), Ying He (X. Chai), Sydney Fearnley (J. Cloutier)

Lewis Reford Fellows Travel Award: Alexander Wiesman (S. Baillet), Guido Guberman (A. Ptito)

Lisa McKerracher External Training Travel Award: Katharina Schiller (J. Gotman), Emma Sommerville (Z. Gan-Or)

Hay Foundation External Training Travel Award: Alexander Ngo (B. Bernhardt), Ke Xie (B. Bernhardt), Ahmed Faraz Khan (Y. I. Medina), Michelle Wang (J. Poline), Yezhou Wang (B. Bernhardt), Brent McPherson (J. Poline), Judy Chen (B. Bernhardt), Kendra Oudyk (J. Poline)

Tom Gevas Student Travel Award: Yi-Ting Wang (P. Rosa-Neto), Lilit Antonyan (C. Ernst), Sarah Lepine (T. Durcan), Prabhyjot Saini (Z. Gan-Or), Anjie Ni (C. Ernst)

Albert Gombay Neuroscience Travel Award: Daniel Levenstein (A. Peyrache)

 

2020-2021

Fellowships

The Jeanne Timmins Costello Fellowship: Carl Laflamme (P. McPherson), Alex Wiesman (S. Baillet), Andréanne Sharp (R. Zatorre), Neomi Singer (R. Zatorre/A. Dagher)

The Preston Rob Fellowship: Giulia Fadda (J. Antel)

The Mark and Shirley Rayport Fellowship: Amer Jaradat (J. Hall)

The Molson Neuro-Engineering Fellowship: Bo-Yong Park (B. Bernhardt)

 

Travel Awards

Graida and Arthur Victor Movement Disorder Travel Award: Paria Alipour (G. Rouleau), Mehrdad Asghari Estiar (G. Rouleau/Z. Gan-Or), Thomas Goiran (E. Fon), Soraya Lahlou (M. Sharp), Matthew Pilgrim (M. Sharp), Jana Schuettpelz (E. Shoubridge), Konstantin Senekevich (Z. Gan-Or), Yuri Sosero (Z. Gan-Or)

Dr. Richard Murphy Travel Award: Mari Aaltonen (E. Shoubridge), Debra Dawson (A. Shmuel), Ravnoor Gill (A. Bernasconi), Zoe Schmilovich (G. Rouleau)

Tom Gevas Student Travel Award: Victor Mihair Mocanu (A. Shmuel), Reinder Vos de Wael (B. Bernhardt)

Hay Foundation External Training Travel Award: Kaija Sander (D. Klein)

Don Baxter Collaborative Fund: Cynthia Kwan (P. Huot), Cal Liao (G. Rouleau), Arielle Rabinowitz (R. Zatorre), Yashar Zeighami (A. Evans)

Lewis Reford Fellows Travel Award: Seun Jeon (A. Evans), Filip Morys (A. Dagher), Ricardo Pizarro (A. Shmuel), Archita Rajasekharan (E. Shoubridge), Mor Regev (R. Zatorre)

Simon Groom Student Travel Award: Hyo Lee (A. Bernasconi), Raul Rodriguez-Cruces (B. Bernhardt), Jessica Royer (B. Bernhardt)

Kenelm M. Winslow Student Travel Award: Fulya Akcimen (G. Rouleau/P. Dion), Fadi Ayad (A. Shmuel) Zahraa Chorghay, (E. Ruthazer), Rachel de Barros Oliveira (G. Rouleau), Nicholas Kieran (L. Healy), Rahul Kumar (P. McPherson), Jesse Langille (W. Sossin), Jake Levy (S. Ducharme), Kendra Oudyk (J-B. Poline), Prabhjyot Saini (Z. Gan-Or), Faezeh Sarayloo (G. Rouleau), Moein Yaqubi (L. Healy)

Albert Gombay Neuroscience Travel Award: Sethy Boopathy Jegathambal (A. Shmuel), Carlotta Mutti (A. Bernasconi)

Lisa McKerracher External Training Travel Award: Maria José Castellanos Montiel (T. Durcan)

 

Studentships

The Desjardins Award of Excellence: Pooya Laamerad (C. Pack)

The Ann and Richard Sievers Award in Neuroscience Award: Reinder Vos de Wael (B. Bernhardt)

The Jeanne Timmins Costello Studentship: Alaa Abdelgawad (A. Dagher), Romke Hannema (Chai), Jia Ru Chung (S. Trenholm), Arielle Rabinowitz (R. Zatorre), Keila Rojas Garcia (S. Trenholm), Emma MacDougall (T. Fon)

The Molson Neuro-Engineering Studentship: Abdallah Alhusain (A. Shmuel), Anaïs Robert (T. Kennedy). Zahraa Chorgay (E. Ruthazer)

The Christian Geada Brain Tumour Research Studentship: Theresa Degenhard (K. Petrecca)

The Harold and Audrey Fisher Brain Tumour Training Studentship: Daniel Di Giovanni (L. Collins)

The Joan and Warren Chippindale Outstanding Student Award: Jia-Ru Chung (S. Trenholm), Arielle Rabinowitz (R. Zatorre), Zahraa Chorghay (E. Ruthazer), Pooya Laamerad (C. Pack)

The C. Nance Common Neuroscience Award: Keila Rojas Garcia (S. Trenholm)

 

2019-2020

Studentships

The Desjardins Award of Excellence: Gabriel Pelletier (L. Fellows).

The Ann and Richard Sievers Award in Neuroscience Award: Scott Bell (C. Ernst)

The Jeanne Timmins Costello Studentship: Trisanna Sprung-Much (M. Petrides), Sabrina Quilez (J-F. Cloutier), Neelima Vaddadi (J-F. Cloutier), Hussein Alaa Bdair (C. Benkelfat), Cynthia Kwan (P. Huot), Vanessa Li (E. Ruthazer)

The Molson Neuro-Engineering Studentship: Jean-Pierre Clement (T. Kennedy), Mardja Manssur Bueno e Silva (A. Fournier), Maran Ma (T. Kennedy)

The Christian Geada Brain Tumour Research Studentship: Daniel Di Giovanni (L. Collins)

The Harold and Audrey Fisher Brain Tumour Training Studentship: Sophie Fiola (R. Diaz)

The Joan and Warren Chippindale Outstanding Student Award: Jake Levy (S. Ducharme), Gabriel Pelletier (L. Fellows), Roni Setton (N. Spreng), Neelima Vaddadi (J-F. Cloutier), Jeremy Moreau (S. Baillet), Sabrina Quilez (J-F. Cloutier), Sienna Drake (A. Fournier), Manesh Girn (N. Spreng)

The Massabky Mary Foundation: Saba Aslani (T. Durcan)

The C. Nance Common Neuroscience Award: Trisanna Sprung-Much (M. Petrides), Maria Jose Castellanos Montiel (T. Durcan), Miguel Cisnero-Franco (E. De Villers-Sidani), Daniel Di Giovanni (L. Collins), Reinder Vos de Wael (B. Bernhardt)

 

Fellowships

The Jeanne Timmins Costello Fellowship: A Besse-Patin (H. McBride), Véronique Laterille (B. Frauscher), Casey Paquola (B. Bernhardt), Pedro Gabrielle Vieira (C. Pack)

Preston Robb Fellowship: Nooshin Abbasi (A. Dagher), Laure Peter-Derex (B. Frauscher)

National Bank Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Neomi Singer (A. Dagher)

The Molson NeuroEngineering Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Peter Klimes (B. Frauscher), Christopher Rowley (C. Tardif)

The Mark Rayport & Shirley Ferguson Rayport Clinical Fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery: Farhan Mirza (J. Hall)

 

Travel Awards

Graida and Arthur Victor Movement Disorder Travel Award: Thomas Goiran, Ziyaan Harji, Lynne Krohn, Calwing (Cal) Liao, Virginie Petel Legaré, Rosalind Roberts, Isabella Straub

Dr. Richard Murphy Travel Award: Redouane Allache, Salma Amin, Vincent Francis

Simon Groom Student Travel Award: Satyakam Baruah, Sara Larivière, Hyo Lee

Lewis Reford Fellows Travel Award: Ella Gabitov, Ali Khatibi, Kichang Kwak, Barbara Morquete, Mingli Zhang

Kenelm M. Winslow Student Travel Award: Walaa Alshafie, Sethu Boopathy Jegathambal, Yiyang Chen, Talita Conte, Fatemeh Fadaie, Ravnoor Singh Gill, Kelvin Mok, Konstantinos Nasiotis, Sabrina Quilez, Rebecca Robertson, Jana Schuettpelz, Reinder Vos de Wael

Don Baxter Collaborative Fund: Mohamed Eldeeb, Thomas Goiran, Zoe Schmilovich

Albert Gombay Neuroscience Travel Award: Archita Rajeskharan

Tom Gevas Student Travel Award: Debra Dawson

Lisa McKerracher External Training Travel Award: Seon Jeun

 

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.

 

 

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