The PhD @ IUSMQ program

PhD @ IUSMQ is an international graduate student recruitment competition to find outstanding students who want to pursue graduate studies in Neuroscience. Prospective students are invited to browse this website to identify their area of interest and to learn more about the IUSMQ, Université Laval and the city of Québec, Canada, and to submit an application to our program through the Apply tab. A selection committee, composed of researchers in the program, will review all applications.

Pre-selected candidates will be contacted for an interview in the weeks following the submission deadline.

Candidates selected after the interviews will be offered a scholarship, covering tuition and living expenses, to pursue their PhD at our institute in one of the available laboratories of their choice.

About the IUSMQ

IUSMQThe IUSMQ is a Mental Health Institute, affiliated with Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. It is dedicated to improve the quality of life of people afflicted by mental disorders, to search for the causes of neurological and psychiatric diseases and to advance our knowledge in the treatment of these devastating diseases, through basic and clinical neuroscience research. The Research Center at the IUSMQ is a leading multi-disciplinary research and training environment of 15,000 square meters with 40 laboratories and over 250 trainees and staff pursuing basic and clinical neuroscience research. The IUSMQ offers transdisciplinary environment with the state-of-the-art facilities aiming to understand the Central Nervous System at the molecular, cellular, systems and clinical levels in the normal and pathological states. The Research Center is divided into three main sectors:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience

Positions for Graduate Students are available in these three sectors. We are seeking highly motivated students with a university degree (at the time of enrollment) that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD program in their home country. Applicants from Canada and the US with only a BSc degree must have laboratory experience (they may first enter an MSc Program toward a direct transfer to the PhD after one year).
Admission is competitive and is achieved through a selection procedure.


About IUSMQ Ph. D. ProgramsLogo IUSMQ

Selected students will have the choice to enroll in the following graduate programs at Laval University (depending on the laboratory in which they will pursue their research): Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biophotonics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Experimental Medicine, or Psychology.

View the Biophotonics program website.

PhD programs typically last four years, with possible extension to a fifth year. They will receive financial support through various scholarships. The supervision of student is ensured by the laboratory director, with possible co-supervision in the cases of multidisciplinary programs. A student thesis committee, formed by experts chosen by the student and director, offers guidance throughout the PhD. Basic knowledge of French is recommended but not required to enroll in the PhD programs. Advanced knowledge of English is required. Course material and exams can be written in French or English.

About Laval University

Laval University is the oldest Centre of Education in Canada (4th oldest in North America). Its main campus is located on the outskirts of the historic Quebec City. The University is ranked among the top eight Canadian Universities in terms of research funding. It has >38,000 students, 23% at the post-graduate level. The University hosts the Society for Neuroscience Quebec City Chapter.

About Quebec City

The IUSMQ is located in Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America and the capital of the Province of Quebec. The streetscapes of the old city are dominated by the Chateau Frontenac, a medieval castle with stone turrets and gables. The city is surrounded by fortification walls dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and is a UNESCO World Heritage travel destination. As a cultural center of North America, the city is also embedded in a region rich in nature and outdoor summer and winter activities. Quebec City has a dense program of cultural and sports festivals all year round.

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Quebec and Chateau

Photo Credit: Office du tourisme de Québec / Luc-Antoine Couturier