Join us

Although Prof. Halverson's research has historically been based on fieldwork on Proterozoic strata in remote areas, such as the Canadian Arctic, this represents only one research theme at PROPS. Our group endeavours to be inclusive, with diverse backgrounds, and different research interests, skills and strengths, but unified by an enthusiasm for unraveling Earth's history in deep time.

If you’d like to join our group as a student or post-doc, feel free to shoot us an email, give us a call, or drop by the lab. We have on-going projects that might interest you and we welcome fresh ideas for new research collaborations. But please bear in mind we receive a large number of enquiries and can only support a limited number of researchers in our group.

We also welcome inquiries about joining our group for research visits. If you have ideas about research collaborations that could benefit from such a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ve hosted all sorts of visitors, international and national, for week-long stays to year-long stages.

Graduate students

You can get general overviews on being a graduate student at McGill from the University and departmental websites.

More detailed info about grad life in the department can be found on the Adams Club website or by contacting some of the current grads in the group.

The EPS admission process is described in detail here.

Canadian grad applicants will want to check out the postgraduate scholarships available from NSERC. Additional funding opportunities are sometimes available via FRQNT.

Exceptional graduate student applicants will want to check out the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program. Applications are processed through a multi-step procedure, with the EPS department being the first stop in late September. Contact Kristy Thornton for more details.

Postdoctoral funding

We strongly encourage prospective post-docs to apply for their own funding since research funding here makes it difficult to pay for post-doc fellows from grants to researchers. There are a host of opportunities available, and if you have a strong CV, we can work with you to make your application to one of these programs a success.

Prospective post-docs may consider applying for government funding from FRQNT (Quebec) and/or NSERC (Canada). Note that both of these funding sources require applying first through the department (with summer deadlines), followed by fall submission to the funding agencies if nominated by EPS and McGill.

The Weston Family Awards in Northern Research provides post-doctoral fellowships annually to exceptional applicants planning to conducting research in Arctic Canada.

If you are coming from the States, the National Science Foundation has discontinued its international postdoctoral program, but individuals may apply for their own post-doctoral funding via the EAR-PF program, which can be used at institutions outside the US.

Other opportunities for international post-docs are available, including Marie-Curie post-docs through the European Research Council, and funding through specific funding bodies, such as the Simons Foundation.