Postdoctoral Fellowships

Doing a postdoctoral fellowship at INRS allows you to broaden your horizons and make full use of your knowledge and know-how. It is an opportunity to expand your professional network and benefit from the expertise of our faculty members to further develop your potential and consolidate what you’ve learned.

INRS welcomes approximately 100 postdoctoral fellows in the fields of earth, water, and environmental sciences, engineering and advanced technology, bioscience, and social science.

Finding a supervisor

You can find a supervisor by:

1. Consulting the list of postdoctoral fellowships available

Postdoctoral fellows are regularly recruited to work on specific research projects.

2. Consulting the list of faculty members

Read our faculty members’ profiles to learn about their areas of expertise, interests, and research projects. This allows you to choose on the basis of your affinities and your personal and professional goals.

Before applying for a postdoctoral fellowship

Before applying, you must first contact the faculty member you wish to work with to ask if they are willing to supervise you. Once you have completed this step, you can fill out the application form on our academic portal. Once you find a researcher you would like to do your postdoctoral fellowship with, you must contact them to see if they could include you on their team. Starting off on the right foot is key.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a postdoctoral fellowship, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You earned a PhD less than five years before the beginning of the postdoctoral fellowship or have officially submitted your dissertation for evaluation. The five year period may be extended for a maximum of two years in the case of parental leave or leave for family obligations.
  • You have obtained a commitment from a faculty member to supervise your postdoctoral fellowship for a specified period.
  • The research work you will undertake as part of the postdoctoral fellowship is related to one of the areas of research at INRS.

Length and remuneration

Postdoctoral fellowships can start at any time and last up to five years, including interruptions other than parental and family leave. Postdoctoral fellows must focus exclusively on the work they agreed to when starting the fellowship.

Fellowships must be completed within seven years of the fellow’s thesis defence.


Fellows are entitled to four weeks’ vacation a year for each completed fellowship year.


The minimum annual income for a full-time salaried postdoctoral fellow is determined according to the pay rate set annually by the Government of Quebec for doctoral students.

Postdoctoral fellows with individual scholarships from external organizations for which INRS has been specifically named as the recipient’s host institution are considered as funded postdoctoral fellows. Funded fellows must receive at least $30,000 from outside organizations. Failing this, the supervisor must supplement the postdoctoral fellow’s income. This supplement is considered a salary.


At the end of the fellowship, depending on the supervisor’s evaluation, a postdoctoral fellowship certificate is issued. You’ll find the postdoctoral certificate recommendation form in our list of useful documents for graduate and postgraduate studies.


Planning to do your postdoctoral research at INRS? If you have any administrative questions about your postdoctoral fellowship, please contact us.

Carolyne Hébert
Scholarship Liaison Officer
Phone: 418-654-2528


For more information, see Directive relative aux stagiaires postdoctoraux in our normative document section.

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