Prospective Fellows

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

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


**Fellowships in Pediatrics**
***Applicants to Pediatrics fellowship programs who do not have funding can check the Department of Pediatrics website for more information related to bursary awards:

*** Early Pediatric Fellowship applications (deadline March 1st, 2019) are only accepted for candidates who are also applying for the Pediatric Bursary Awards: Select the Fall2019 term for the 2020-2021 Academic year.

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Application steps

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.

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 (eg: in order to be able to apply for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, applicants should be specialists in Respirology.

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 apply for fellowship programs via formation complémentaire only.

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.
  • Hold a scholarship from their home government, university or Faculty of Medicine (see below for details)
  • Obtain a letter of eligibility and satisfy the requirements of the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ)
  • Foreign Citizens (including US citizens) must sign an Affidavit, which is a written commitment to return to their country of origin at the end of the approved training period, attesting that they will not apply for landed immigrant status in Canada nor Canadian citizenship, nor a license to practice medicine in the Province of Quebec or elsewhere in Canada. Foreign Citizens must confirm that this status will be maintained for the duration of their training at McGill.
  • Hold a valid work permit such as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (if applicable)

Applicant categories:

Below are the 3 categories of applicant profiles, provided they secure acceptable funding:

  • International Applicants sponsored by contracts with McGill University: Files for applicants considered under these contracts are channeled through the office of the Associate Dean by the government, embassy or agency concerned. We are unable to consider files sent directly by the applicant or by other physicians on your behalf. Please contact your sponsoring agency for the admissions process.
  • International Medical graduates (not sponsored by contracts with McGill University): this includes Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, Foreign Citizens, and U.S Citizens graduates of U.S Medical Schools. You can apply for a fellowship program of a maximum of three years or less.
  • Graduates of Canadian Medical Schools (Non-Québec)

Candidates who have obtained their medical degree in Québec who are currently completing a residency training program in Québec can apply for fellowship programs (post residency programs) via formation complémentaire only.


Application Process:

All candidates applying for fellowship programs must apply online and pay the application fee $117.35 (*Application fee is non-refundable and the fee must be paid by credit card)

1-Apply via the McGill On-Line Application and pay the application fee (NON REFUNDABLE) allowing application to two programs. A maximum of two programs per applicant.

2- Select your category:

Category: Med Fellow

Select the Fall term (202009) 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

3- Submit the supporting documents (some forms may be uploaded with your application). Verify the list to see if the documents states ‘Upload’ or ‘Do not upload.’

4- Track the status of your application on Minerva under the Applicant menu, using your McGill ID number.

List of 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.

  1. COPY of your medical degree - UPLOAD
  2. Three signed reference letters on institutional letterhead: These must be sent directly by email to pgmedoc [at] from the referees to the PGME Office (in PDF format). All reference letters are confidential and cannot be disclosed to candidates. 
  3. A PERSONAL STATEMENT clearly outlining why you wish to apply to the program - UPLOAD 
  5. COPY OF PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP:  For information on which documents to submit, see: legal documentsUPLOAD
  6. A COPY OF YOUR SPECIALTY CERTIFICATE(S) issued by a Board or College.Candidates registered in residency programs in Canadian Medical Schools and/or U.S Medical Schools and applying to fellowship programs are exempted from this requirement.
    NOTE: Applicants who are in their final year of training, or have completed postgraduate training and waiting to receive their specialty certificate, must submit an attestation letter from their program director, indicating the start and end date of their postgraduate training and must submit a proof of success of the Medical Council of Canada (MCCEE and/or MCCQE1) exams and/or USMLE exams (steps 1 and 2).  Once the specialty certificate is issued, it must be submitted to the PGME Office.
  7. SPONSORSHIP LETTER: Proof of scholarship granted by a government, a scientific/ international organization, a university, or faculty of medicine. The minimum acceptable amount is the equivalent of the R-1 salary (approximately $45,000 per year).  Additionally, the scholarship must cover the tuition and any other student services fees. All other scholarships will be refused - DO NOT UPLOAD This letter must be sent directly to the PGME office by the organization that will be providing the funding for this training by email to pgmedoc [at]
  8. OFFICIAL COPIES of attestations and evaluations of all previous postgraduate training: for physicians currently completing a residency program in a Canadian or U.S medical School.- DO NOT UPLOAD. These will have to be sent directly to the PGME Office by your School by email to pgmedoc [at]
  9. LETTER OF STANDING from the current program director: for physicians currently completing a residency program in a Canadian or U.S medical School. The letter have to be sent directly to the PGME Office by your School by email to pgmedoc [at]
  10. ATTESTATION OF RESIDENCY TRAINING: for physicians who have not completed or are not completing a residency program in a Canadian or U.S medical school. the letter must describe the rotations you have completed and your overall performance in the program, including mention of any leaves, for all previous postgraduate training. The start and end date must be clearly specified for each discipline. It must be signed by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, or by the Chief Executive Officer of the institution or by the residency program director.  This must be sent directly to the PGME Office by email to pgme.doc [at] by the program/site director's office or home faculty. DO NOT UPLOAD

***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.

Only offers emanating from the PGME Office are valid and binding.

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.

Once a physician is accepted into a Fellowship program, the Postgraduate Medical Education office of the Faculty of Medicine will submit an application for a letter of eligibility for postgraduate training in the Province of Quebec to the Collège des médecins du Québec on his or her behalf; there is a fee for this application, which must be paid by the applicant.  In order for the Collège des médecins du Québec to issue a letter of eligibility, admitted fellows will have to open an account with , and to submit a few documents for source verification. There is a fee for each medical credential submitted for source verification.

Final acceptance is conditional upon obtaining this letter of eligibility as well as meeting the Immigration Requirements.

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