Prospective Fellows

Applications for the 2019-2020 are now closed

Application deadline was September 1, 2018

Applications for 2020-2021 will open on May 15, 2019


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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.

A fellowship is a well-defined clinical and/or clinical research program which is not accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed residency training as well as Royal College or Board Certification.  Candidates must be deemed eligible to receive a training card by the Collège des Médecins du Québec.

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 who are currently registered in a residency training program in a Québec Faculty of Medicine can apply for fellowship programs via formation complémentaire only. Candidates who are not registered in a residency program in a Québec Faculty of Medicine are not eligible to apply under this category.

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)
  • Sign a written commitment to return to the country of origin at the end of the approved training period, provide a written statement, committing to returning to the country of origin at the end of the approved training period. Must attest to the fact that will not apply for permanent residency status nor the licensure/certification examinations in the Province of Quebec. Must also confirm that this status will be maintained for the duration of the 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 Applicants (not sponsored by contracts with McGill University): 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.

All candidates applying for fellowship programs must apply online and pay the application fee $113.27 (*Application fee is non-refundable and the fee must be paid by credit card)

Application Process:

  1. Apply via the McGill On-Line Application and pay the application fee (NON REFUNDABLE) which applies for up to two programs. A maximum of two applications per applicant.
  2. 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.’
  3. 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 [at] from the referees to the PGME Office (in PDF format). All reference letters are confidential and cannot be disclosed to candidates.   (Do not upload) 
  4. COPY OF PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP:  For information on which documents to submit, see: legal documentsUPLOAD
  5. COPIES of your certificates: Fhe USMLE exams (steps 1 and 2) and/or the (MCCEE) IF APPLICABLE-UPLOAD
  6. COPIES of specialty certificates from a Board or College- UPLOAD
  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.
  8. OFFICIAL COPIES of attestations and evaluations of all previous postgraduate training - DO NOT UPLOAD. These will have to be sent directly to the PGME Office by your School by email.
  9. A PERSONAL STATEMENT clearly outlining why you wish to apply to the program - 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.