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The CRM offers postdoctoral fellowships under two specific programs, the CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellowships and the CRM-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships. These fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit to promising researchers from around the world who have recently earned, or will soon earn, their PhD in the mathematical sciences. Eligibility criteria and nomination procedures are clearly defined for each program.

The CRM contributes to several research residency funding programs. The research visits program Simons-CRM Scholar-in-Residence is intended for researchers in mathematics and related fields, invited for stays of several months. The CRM-CNRS Laboratory also offers scholarships. Finally, it is possible to obtain a financial support for living expenses to participate in any of the activities organized by the CRM as part of its thematic programs or its general program.

Administrative and migration formalities

For any prolonged stay at the CRM (postdoctoral fellows and visiting researchers), it is important to complete certain administrative and migratory formalities (for non-Canadian residents).

Postdoctoral Fellows

You have received an offer to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the CRM. You will therefore be registered as a postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal. There are a series of formalities to be completed and documents to be gathered before you can begin this internship.

In managing your file and communicating with you, the Université de Montréal uses terminology that is important to master. To help you better understand what follows, here are some of the most frequently used terms :

Code permanent : number assigned to you by the Université de Montréal when you register. It consists of the first 3 letters of your name, the first letter of your first name and 8 digits. The permanent code is used to identify you to institutional and government services.

UNIP : personal identification number. A temporary UNIP is assigned to you after you register. It allows you to connect to the e-mail service and to your UdeM portal. It is the equivalent of your institutional password.

UdeM portal: home portal that allows you to access your file, your emails, your reader file (library), your personal data, etc.

Postdoctoral fellows and visiting researchers

Before arriving (non Canadian residents)

1) Immigration formalities – In addition to a valid passport, depending on your nationality, you may need a visa. Please contact the Canadian embassy or consulate nearest to your residence to find out about the formalities and documents required for your entry into Canada. In most cases you will have to go in person to the consulate or embassy. It is wise to make an appointment.

2) Work permit (if applicable) – Upon presentation of the letter of offer of internship or visit on CRM letterhead, the Canadian authorities will issue a work permit to match your status. There is a $150 processing fee for work permit applications. It is also essential that the permit cover exactly the duration of your stay (12 or 24 months for postdoctoral fellows). It is also essential that the permit indicate the institution(s) where you will be staying and, if applicable, teaching. Indeed, if all your activity is at the CRM, the work permit must indicate “Université de Montréal” only, but if you also teach at McGill University, for example, your permit must be worded in such a way as to be valid for both institutions. (You should check this point with the person who will be issuing your permit). If at the time you complete the formalities you notice that the dates on your letter of invitation or the conditions of your stay have changed, ask the CRM to send you a new letter of invitation with the updated information.

Arrival at the CRM

Please present yourself as soon as you arrive at the CRM secretariat (André-Aisenstadt Pavilion, room 5357) with these documents, as a series of forms and signatures are required to request payment of your bursary (please make an appointment in advance with Mrs. Rhode Ménard, at 514-343-5638).

List of documents to bring to the CRM

  • Copy of your certified diploma (or, pending the final diploma, an original letter from the university that will award you the diploma attesting that you have completed all requirements. This letter must mention the date of defense of the thesis).
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Work permit (if applicable)
  • Passport
  • Visa (if applicable)

Steps to be taken in person from the first days of your stay :

1) Go to the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) to open your file to obtain a card:

RAMQ
425 De Maisonneuve Blvd West
3rd floor, room 300
Montréal (Québec) H3A 3G5
Métro Place-des Arts, exit De Bleury St. North
Métro McGill, exit Union St.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday : 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Three months after their arrival in Quebec, the period of coverage by the basic insurance of the Régie d’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) pour les stagiaires postdoctoraux. This three-month period is called the “waiting period”.

Is the insurance offered by the RAMQ sufficient?
You should check with your consulate or embassy to determine the extent of your coverage. You will then be able to judge whether you need additional insurance.

What is the situation during the waiting period?
Some countries have agreements with Canada and their nationals are covered by the RAMQ upon arrival. Please check with the Canadian authorities before your departure to see if an agreement exists between your country and Quebec.

2) Go to the Montreal office of Service Canada (to obtain a social insurance number). Additional details will be given on site.

Service Canada
1001 De Maisonneuve Blvd East, 2nd floor
Montréal, Québec
Métro Berri-UQAM, exit De Maisonneuve

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday : 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Payment of the scholarship and provincial and federal taxes
Your scholarship will be paid on a monthly basis. No withholding taxes will be taken. However, your scholarship is subject to income tax laws and you should plan to set aside an adequate amount for income tax payments. In Quebec, there are two levels of taxation: federal and provincial. Most foreign postdoctoral fellows can benefit from a complete exemption from provincial taxes. The Université de Montréal is responsible for completing and submitting the application for exemption.

For further information, please contact :

Rhode Ménard
Centre de recherches mathématiques
André-Aisenstadt Pavilion (room 5359)
Université de Montréal
P.O. Box 6128, Centre-ville Station
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3J7
rmenard@CRM.UMontreal.CA

Visiting Researchers

You have received an offer to be a visiting scholar at the CRM. There are a series of formalities to be completed and documents to be gathered before you can begin this internship.

Before arriving (non Canadian residents)

1) Immigration formalitiesIn addition to a valid passport, depending on your nationality, you may need a visa. Please contact the Canadian embassy or consulate nearest to your residence to find out about the formalities and documents required for your entry into Canada. In most cases you will have to go in person to the consulate or embassy. It is wise to make an appointment.

2) Work permit (if applicable)Upon presentation of the letter of offer of internship or visit on CRM letterhead, the Canadian authorities will issue a work permit to match your status. There is a $150 processing fee for work permit applications. It is also essential that the permit cover exactly the duration of your stay (12 or 24 months for postdoctoral fellows). It is also essential that the permit indicate the institution(s) where you will be staying and, if applicable, teaching. Indeed, if all your activity is at the CRM, the work permit must indicate “Université de Montréal” only, but if you also teach at McGill University, for example, your permit must be worded in such a way as to be valid for both institutions. (You should check this point with the person who will be issuing your permit). If at the time you complete the formalities you notice that the dates on your letter of invitation or the conditions of your stay have changed, ask the CRM to send you a new letter of invitation with the updated information.

Arrival at the CRM

Please present yourself as soon as you arrive at the CRM secretariat (André-Aisenstadt Pavilion, room 5357) with these documents, as a series of forms and signatures are required to proceed with your hiring at the Université de Montréal.  (Make an appointment with Mrs. Sakina Benhima, 514-343-6111 ext. 4729).

List of documents to bring to the CRM

  • Copy of your certified diploma
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Work permit (if applicable)
  • Passport
  • Visa (if applicable)

Steps to be taken in person from the first days of your stay :

Go to the Montreal office of Service Canada (to obtain a social insurance number). Additional details will be given on site.

Service Canada
1001 De Maisonneuve Blvd East, 2nd floor
Montréal, Québec
Métro Berri-UQAM, exit De Maisonneuve

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday : 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For further information, please contact:

Sakina Benhima
Centre de recherches mathématiques
André-Aisenstadt Pavilion (room 5357)
Université de Montréal
P.O. Box 6128, Centre-ville Station
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3J7

benhima@CRM.Umontreal.ca