Prospective Fellows

The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year opened on May 15th, 2020.

The deadline to submit your application and a complete file will be September 1st, 2020.

Fellowship Programs

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The Postgraduate Medical Education Office offers clinical and clinical research fellowship programs (post residency programs) for recognized specialists or family physicians.

Fellow: A trainee enrolled in programs not recognized by the RCPSC and gaining an educational experience beyond the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and/or the College of Family Physicians. 

Fellowship: A fellowship is an opportunity to obtain advanced training and/or to acquire more specialized expertise not normally acquired during residency training, and it does not lead to certification by the RCPSC or the CFPC, and cannot be credited toward national certification requirements. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed residency training as well as Royal College or Board Certification.

Applicant Categories:

Below are the applicant profiles who may apply according to the process described on this page:

  • International Medical graduates (not sponsored by contracts with McGill University): Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, U.S Citizens, and Foreign Citizens can apply for a maximum of three years of training in Quebec.
  • Graduates from U.S Medical Schools: U.S Citizens can apply for a maximum of three years of training in Québec
  • Graduates of Canadian Medical Schools (Non-Québec)

If you are an International Applicant sponsored by contracts with McGill University, please see our International Medical Graduates (sponsored by contracts) page and contact your sponsoring agency for information on the admissions process.

Residents who have obtained their MD in Québec and/or who did a residency training in Québec or are currently registered in a residency training program in a Québec Faculty of Medicine in a contingent régulier or contingent particulier position can ONLY apply for fellowship programs via formation complémentaire .

Applicants to Pediatrics Fellowship programs who do not have funding can check the Department of Pediatrics website for more information related to bursary awards.

    Admissions Requirements

    Fellows must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Be medical doctors who are graduates of medical schools listed in the Faimer Directory.
    • Be physicians who are recognized as specialists in Canada or abroad. In order for a physician to be able to be considered for a fellowship (post residency training) they must hold a specialty certificate from a Board or College (e.g. in order to be able to apply for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, applicants should be recognized specialists in Respirology).
    • Hold proof of funding. Acceptable Scholarships must be granted by a non-profit source. This can be a government, a scientific or international organization, a University, Hospital, Faculty of Medicine. All other scholarships (for example, self-funding) will be refused. Unfunded training is not possible. The minimum acceptable amount is the equivalent of the R-1 salary (approximately $48,500 per year). Additionally, the scholarship must cover the tuition and student services fees. Some programs at McGill University may offer internal funding. Please see the Fellowship Programs page for specific program details.
      • Applicants to Pediatrics fellowship programs who do not have funding can check the Department of Pediatrics website for more information related to bursary awards.

    Application Process:

    All candidates applying for fellowship programs must apply online and pay the application fee $120.99 (The application fee is non-refundable and must be paid by credit card)

    1- Apply via the McGill Online Application system and pay the application fee. Candidates may apply for a maximum of two programs (one fee payment allows for two program selections).

    2- Select your program:

    Category: Med Fellow

    Term: Select Fall term (202109) and Postgraduate Med/Dent Education as the Faculty you are applying to.

    Select MD/DMD Equivalent as your degree.

    Faculty/School: Postgraduate Medicine

    Program: Post Residency Fellowship

    Major or subject: Residency Program

    Concentration or area of specialization: Fellowship Program

    Applications appear in our system 24-48 hours after the application has been submitted. Once we receive your application, we will review your file, edit your Minerva checklist, and send you a list of required supporting documents. The primary means of communication will be email, using the email address(es) provided at the time of application. During peak periods, there may be a delay between our receipt of documents and the entry of these documents in the Minerva system.

    For any technical problems:

    Please contact Service Point or call (514) 398-7878. 

    Note:  The language of instruction at McGill University is English. Applicants may submit an application in French or English.

    3- Submit the required supporting documents (see below). Please pay careful attention to the two sections, and which must be uploaded yourself, and which must be sent to the PGME directly by your school, sponsor, referee, or program director.

    The PGME office can only consider files that are complete by the application deadline.

    4- Track the status of your application on Minerva under the Applicant menu, using your McGill ID number. It is the applicant's responsibility to check their application status on a regular basis, as there may be updates or requests for additional information that must be attended to promptly. 

    Required Documents:

    You must provide us with an official translation of documents written in a language other than English or French, that is, a translation bearing the seal of an official translator. Separate translations must be attached to each corresponding document.

    To upload:

    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
    • Personal Statement: This should clearly outline why you wish to apply to the program.
    • Copy of your Proof of Citizenship: 
      • For non-Canadians: Please submit a copy of your passport.
      • For Canadians: Please submit a copy of your birth certificate, Canadian permanent residency card, or Canadian citizenship card.
    • Copy of your Medical Degree
    • Copy of your Specialty Certificate(s) issued by a Board or College.

    NOTE: For applicants who are in their final year of training, or who have completed postgraduate training and are waiting to receive their specialty certificate, the PGME office may provisionally accept a proof of success for the Medical Council of Canada (MCCEE and/or MCCQE1 exams and/or the USMLE exams (steps 1 and 2) to satisfy this requirement. The specialty certificate must be submitted once it is issued.

    NOTE: Candidates registered in residency programs in Canadian medical schools and/or U.S. medical schools and applying to fellowship programs are exempt from this requirement.

    To be sent directly to pgmedoc [at] by your school, sponsor, referee, or program director (Do not upload or send to us directly):

    • Three reference letters, signed and on institutional letterhead. All reference letters are confidential and cannot be disclosed to candidates. 
    • Sponsorship letter, signed and on institutional letterhead: Proof of funding granted by a non-profit source, e.g. a government, scientific or international organization, hospital, university, or faculty of medicine. All other sources of funding (for example, self-funding) will be refused. Unfunded training is not possible. The letter must include:
    • Attestation of residency training: The letter must be signed by the residency program director, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine or by the Chief Executive Officer of the institution where the training was conducted. The letter must describe:
      • The start and end dates of your residency
      • The rotations you have completed
      • Your overall performance in the program
      • Any leaves or absences

    NOTE: Physicians who have completed or are completing their residency program in a Canadian or U.S. medical school are exempt from this requirement. Instead, they must provide the two required documents below.

    In addition to the documents listed above candidates who have completed or are completing their residency program in a Canadian or U.S. medical school have to submit the following documents who have to be sent directly by the Faculty of Medicine at which the training was completed to the PGME office (pgmedoc [at]

    • Evaluations of all previous postgraduate training
    • Letter of Standing from your current program director.


    Documents submitted to McGill University in support of an application, including, but not limited to, transcripts, diplomas, letters of reference and test scores (in paper or electronic format), become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

    After You Have Applied

    1. The Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office sends the files of eligible applicants to the various department Program Directors for review (September). Program directors may then invite selected applicants for interviews.

    2. Applicants should continue to check their Minerva accounts. All decisions are final.

    3. If an application is successful, the PGME Office will issue an offer letter. Only offer letters emanating from the PGME Office are valid and binding.

    • Should an applicant wish to accept the offer, they must upload their acceptance documents, and any other post-offer documents.
    • Please note that International Medical Graduates who do not have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency must sign a written affidavit committing to return to their country of origin at the end of their residency training, attest that they will not apply for permanent residency status nor write the licensure/certification examinations in Quebec, and confirm that this status will be maintained for the duration of the training at McGill. 

    4. Once post-offer documents are received, PGME will email applicants to provide details of the Letter of Eligibility application process:

    • The applicant must open an account with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) by going to, and submit the required documents for source verification. Fees apply for every document verified, and applicants are responsible for paying these fees.
    • The PGME office will send applicant files to the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ). The CMQ will then send the applicant an email inviting them to fill in a form giving them access to their Medical Council of Canada (MCC) documents. There is a fee for this application, which the applicant is responsible for paying.
    • Once source verification is complete, the CMQ will issue the Letter of Eligibility and also send a copy to the PGME office.

    For applicants who do not have Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency:

    5. The PGME office will send trainees instructions and the required supporting documentation to apply for a Work Permit. The Letter of Eligibility is a required document for the Work Permit application, and must be received before we can initiate the Work Permit application. Applicants cannot apply for the type of Work Permit required (LMIA-exempt) until the PGME office has initiated the application and sent them a unique identifying number. Applications submitted before receiving instructions and the required supporting documents will be denied, and will slow down the process. Trainees from certain countries may also need to apply for a Temporary Residence Visa.

    6. After the Work Permit is received, trainee files will be passed over to the Registrations team. For more information on the Registration process, see To Do List: For New Trainees.

    Extensions of training are not automatic and can be obtained for valid pedagogical reasons only, pending renewal of eligibility. Please contact your Program Director 12 months in advance to discuss an extension of training.

    For questions related to Fellowship training at McGill University, please email [at]

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