This registration form is for registering for events for the 2018 McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Orientation and for the Fellowship Series workshops. If you have any questions, please email

Please note that Academic Expectations and Fellowship Series events are not capped and are first-come, first-attend if the room reaches its capacity.

If you are a RETURNING STUDENT (NOT a new student who entered McGill in Winter, Summer, or Fall 2018), you should not register for Orientation events and should jump ahead to the Fellowship Series.

Click the [ADD TO EVENT CART] button to add each desired event to your cart. Registration for each event will close at 12:00 PM EDT the day prior to the event.

Discover McGill Day

Discover McGill: Grads Connect - Highly Recommended!

Grads Connect (GX) kicks off Discover McGill Day with social networking and team-building activities to connect graduate students with one another as well as with some of the great resources at their disposal. If you are interested in meeting other incoming graduate students, having fun, getting to know the downtown campus, and the chance at winning some great prizes, this is the event for you!

During the first half of GX, you will get to know your peers while participating in fun activities and enjoying a lunch (provided by Campus Life & Engagement) at Mount Royal Park. In the second half of the event, you will work in teams to compete for prizes in our campus-spanning Amazing Race.

The Grads Connect Amazing Race leads directly into the Discover McGill Welcome Event, where all GX participants will be able to skip the check-in line.

Attention Macdonald Campus Students: We strongly encourage you to register for and attend Grads Connect! To make participating in GX as easy as possible for you, the Macdonald Campus Graduate Students' Society (MCGSS) will be organizing a shuttle to the Downtown Campus prior to GX, as well as a return shuttle after the PGSS' BBQ Bash. Please note that these shuttles have a maximum capacity, and you must contact the MCGSS directly to reserve a spot. For more information, please contact

McGill Sustainable Events Certified Silver

We are proud to announce that Grads Connect has been certified as a Silver McGill Sustainable Event. To achieve this certification, we implemented actions such as educating our volunteers on interacting with diverse population, arranging composting with Compost MTL, and reducing the possible waste created from our event

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Discover McGill: Services Fair - Highly Recommended!

Discover McGill

This university orientation will provide you with information and introductions that will help ensure you have a strong start to your graduate and/or postdoctoral career at McGill.  Representatives from each of the Students Services as well as the University administrative and support services will be available for you to meet and to provide you with answers to your questions.

We highly recommend you register for and attend this event!

Discover McGill is followed by a Welcome BBQ Bash hosted by the Post Graduate Students' Society (PGSS).  Registration for the Welcome BBQ Bash is done on the PGSS website. You can send yourself a reminder email to register for PGSS Events later on this page.


Info Session: “More to Discover about McGill!”

More to Discover about McGill!This information session, which takes place during the Discover McGill Welcome Event, will provide you with a series of short introductions to some notable services here at McGill for graduate students and educate you on how to navigate and best use these services during your time here. The same info session will run at two different times. Choose your preferred time slot.

Please note that each info session time is capped at 200 registrants.

Don't Miss Out on the PGSS Orientation Events!

Your Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) plans a number of social and informative events for new grad students and postdocs. These events are great opportunities to network and meet new friends, explore Montreal, and inform yourself about resources available to you. Registration for PGSS events is on a separate site. Of particular note is the PGSS BBQ Bash, which follows the Discover McGill Welcome Event and rounds out Discover McGill Day.

Click the button below to be emailed a link to register for these events.

Are you studying at the Macdonald Campus?

Orientation for incoming Macdonald graduate students will take place on  Friday, August 31st. Newly-admitted graduate students joining the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are invited to attend Orientation events offered at both the Macdonald and downtown McGill campuses. Click the button below to be emailed a link to register for events on the Macdonald campus. All the events below are on the downtown campus, but Macdonald campus students are encouraged to register and attend.

Academic Expectations Sessions

These workshops are geared toward students new to graduate studies and postdoctoral research and aim to provide an introduction to many of the services here at McGill, and how to navigate and best use these services during your studies.

Select the date/time of the session(s) for which you want to register. Some sessions are offered more at more than one date/time. Academic Expectations Sessions may conflict in time with Fellowship Series events.

Academic Culture

Use this workshop to prepare for academic culture at a graduate level in North America (and specifically at McGill) in this helpful session addressing cultural differences and opportunities in the classroom.

Library Research Essentials for Grads

Learn now, save time later. Preview the content of upcoming graduate research workshops. Uncover the diverse collections and services that the library has to offer. Discover how to access the library’s electronic resources anytime and anywhere.

Money Matters

The Scholarship and Student Aid office will provide an overview of their services, a guide to financial planning for graduate studies and an explanation of the Financial Aid and Awards Menu on Minerva.

Pathways and Plans: Career Development for Graduate Students

Come to this workshop to learn strategies to support your professional and career development while at McGill.

Know your (Student and Legal) Rights

This workshop will introduce McGill's policies and procedures and Quebec's civil justice system. Participants will learn about their rights as graduate students and the laws that apply to them as employees, tenants, and residents of Quebec. The Legal Information Clinic at McGill and the Student Advocacy service will also provide an overview of their services, and the legal resources available to graduate students in Montreal.

Self-Care: Strategies for Success (Panel)

Graduate school can be an exciting yet challenging time for many people. This panel discussion with current McGill grad students will contextualize some aspects of graduate student life (such as academics, work-life balance and personal relationships) within a framework of health and well-being. The goal of this discussion is to help you recognize how self-care can be used as a strategy to achieve personal and academic success during your time at McGill.

Supervision Basics (Thesis Students Only)

Wondering how to establish a healthy relationship between you and your supervisor? Join us for this presentation and learn about the importance of the supervisory relationship and the impact it can have on your graduate experience. You will be introduced to strategies for building and maintaining a positive supervisory relationship, as well as learn where to turn for support with disputes and misunderstandings.

Please note: These workshops are designed for graduate students enrolled in a thesis program. Students enrolled in non-thesis programs should instead register for the Non-Thesis workshop, listed below.

Non-Thesis Basics

Wondering how to navigate your way through a non-thesis program at McGill? Join us for this presentation and learn about the non-thesis students’ graduate experience, key people to whom you can turn for support, and the various university resources available to guide you along the way.

What I Wish I'd Known When I Started Grad School (Panel)

The “What I Wish I'd Known When I Started Grad School” panel is an opportunity to learn about graduate studies at McGill from upper-year graduate students. Have a question? The Q and A session is a chance for you to ask students who have been through it all!

Writing and Communication: How Graphos Supports You from Start to Finish

Clarity, concision, and coherence are the hallmarks of effective communication. Graphos, McGill’s graduate communication program, focuses on teaching graduate students and postdocs how to develop well-crafted manuscripts and oral presentations.


Fellowship Series

Looking for money to fund your graduate studies? Join us for the Graduate Fellowships Info Sessions. As a graduate student, you can apply for a fellowship to receive government funding for one or multiple years of your degree! The fellowship you apply for is based on your field of study:

More more info about each type of fellowship

Fellowship sessions are offered by McGill professors who have reviewed applications for the respective funding agency at the federal or provincial level, and by graduate students who have received the respective fellowship. In these interactive panel sessions, information and tips are provided to help you write a winning fellowship application. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about required document, content and writing format, what to include in the CV, and more! Please come ready with your questions!

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