How to become a student or a postdoc at the Douglas


All students who aim to pursue their academic training or do an internship at the Douglas Research Centre need to contact potential supervisors. The full list of principal investigators working at the Douglas can be found here.

Undergraduate students:

Many research teams at the Douglas hire undergraduate students for volunteer or paid internships, either in the summer or during the academic year. Here are some tips to find an undergraduate research position:


Graduate students:

To do graduate studies in a laboratory at the Douglas, two things are needed:

  1. Fulfill the requirements for admission in a graduate program and apply to this program;
  2. Find a supervisor.

1. Enroll in a graduate program:

Most students at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre join the Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN) or the graduate programs in Psychiatry at McGill University. However, there are other possible programs. Below is some information about the IPN and Psychiatry. Consult the McGill web site and potential supervisors about other possible programs.

The Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University is an inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental graduate program. With more than 300 graduate students and over 180 IPN professors, the IPN is Canada’s largest graduate neuroscience program. The IPN spans the full spectrum of neuroscientific fields of research, from cellular and molecular neuroscience to behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. To learn more about the Integrated Program in Neuroscience visit their website:

The McGill graduate program in Psychiatry admits applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including anthropology, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, and psychology. The McGill Psychiatry Faculty’s research areas are diverse, including behavioural genetics, neuroimaging, neuroscience, public policy and transcultural psychiatry. These research areas encompass both quantitative and qualitative research methods (animal models, human models and studies involving psychiatric patients). To learn more about the Psychiatry Graduate Program visit the website:

2. Find a supervisor:

Although researchers can consult lists of students requesting admission to the programs above, it is usually more effective for candidates to contact potential supervisors and let them know about their interest to study under their supervision. The list of Douglas researchers can be found in the Researchers section of this site. 


Postdoctoral fellows:

The first step to finding a postdoctoral position at the Douglas is to directly contact potential supervisors. The list of Douglas researchers can be found in the Researchers section of this site. 

Postdocs working at the Douglas are generally registered as postdoctoral fellows at McGill. See McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information. Note though that registration only occurs after the candidate has found a laboratory.