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Postdoctoral or medical fellowships at Université Laval


Université Laval is one of Canada’s largest research universities. Scores of postdoctoral scholars—most from outside Canada—are drawn to the university’s stimulating and innovative environment every year.

The first step in pursuing postdoctoral training at Université Laval is to find someone to supervise your project.

Consult the website of the Vice Rector, Research and Innovation for a list of researchers in your field and current research projects. For more information on finding a postdoctoral supervisor and preparing for your arrival at Université Laval, visit the website of the Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales.


Immigration procedure for undertaking a postdoctoral or medical fellowship in Canada

Once a professor has agreed to supervise your fellowship, he will start the invitation procedure here at Université Laval. (Professors should use the following information for the invitation for an international postdoctoral or medical fellow.

The immigration procedure for international candidates is available here (French version only).

For the English version of the immigration procedure, please send an e-mail to with your invitation letter.

Note: Be sure to complete all immigration procedures before purchasing a plane ticket and traveling to Canada. If your immigration paperwork is not in order when you arrive, you will have problems entering the country and could even be turned away, in which case you will not be allowed to undertake your internship at Université Laval.

Health and hospitalization insurance

To get the most out of your studies in Québec and make sure you’re covered in the event the unexpected happens, you need health and hospitalization insurance.

Québec and Canadian immigration law requires non-Canadian students to have valid health and hospitalization insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada.

Postdoctoral scholars may be eligible for the insurance plan offered by Régie d’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) after a waiting period of up to 3 months following plan enrolment. In that case, students are strongly encouraged to take out private insurance to ensure coverage during the waiting period.

To get your RAMQ health insurance card, you must submit originals of the documents issued to you by the Canadian and Québec immigration authorities. Contact Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec for further instructions.

Depending on your specific needs, we recommend that you take out additional insurance if necessary.


Important note: This website is intended to provide general information on current procedures, which may change at any time without notice. Quebec and Canadian laws and regulations in effect as well as the websites of Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI), and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) take precedence over this website.
This page was last updated on: 30-04-2019