The Goodman Cancer Research Centre’s scientists teach students in a number of competitive and prestigious graduate, medical and undergraduate courses at McGill University. The Centre’s major objectives for its graduate and postgraduate programs are to:

1) Prepare and provide for the next generation of world class cancer researchers.

2) Promote an innovative program geared towards changing the phenotype of future researchers, emphasizing the importance of integrating basic science and clinic, as well as the crucial need for strong teamwork and leadership.


The programs include:


M.Sc. / Ph.D.  Graduate Programs

To become a trainee with the GCRC, candidates must: 

•    Apply and be accepted by one of the academic departments that the Faculty of Medicine and the GCRC members are affiliated with;

a)    Department of Biochemistry
b)    Department of Human Genetics
c)    Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine)
d)    Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
e)   Department of Physiology 

•    Find a host laboratory and a supervisor among the GCRC's members.
•    Officially register as a graduate student.

The graduate training program at the GCRC is engineered to provide the trainees with a global exposure to the research perspective and the cancer issue. It therefore comprises several features which include access to the following:

    1. a multidisciplinary research training integrating
      • the basic science aspects (structural studies, cell biology and animal models)
      • the clinical aspects (pallative care, genomic proteomic analysis and screening)
      • the translation ventures (target validation and drug development)
      • and, through close interactions with the Biochemistry department, exposure to a
        Chemical Genetics Program
    2. mentors that are international authorities in their respective research specialty
    3. a system of academic support through a Graduate Advisory Committee
    4. a complementary educative program which includes weekly seminars
    5. specialized conferences, brain storming workshops, public information sessions
    6. services from core specialized technological facilities (transgenic, confocal miscroscopy, antibody production, animal imaging, etc.).

Internal funding

Students that are part of the GCRC are eligible to apply to both the McGill Integrated Cancer Research Training Program (MICRTP) and to the Canderel Studentship Stipend Award program.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate degrees are conferred by the academic departments in which GCRC students are registered.

For more information and to obtain an application package, please contact the relevant department:

Department of Biochemistry - Grauate Studies Admissions

Department of Human Genetics

Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine)

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Department of Physiology

Post-doctoral Training
A competitive post-doctoral fellowship program is available at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre and entails working collaboratively with a group of internationally renowned researchers. Studies are offered in virtually all aspects of cancer research ranging from molecular biology to drug design.

To apply for a post-doctoral position, GCRC researchers should be contacted individually.

Internal funding is available.

Clinical Interactions
Clinical interactions are an important part of the GCRC training program at both the graduate and post-doctoral level. A variety of multidisciplinary research connections allow the members of the Centre to offer interactions with the clinical milieu. The “bench-to-bed” principle is the axis of the Centre’s mandate and therefore participation in translational research and clinical studies is offered to those interested.

Internal funding is available.

Undergraduate Summer Research Training
McGill undergraduate students are invited to apply for training through the McGill Integrated Cancer Research Training Program (MICRTP). The summer studentships, which can last up to four months, encourage students to learn first hand about the challenges and rewards of biomedical research.

Please contact the McGill Integrated Cancer Research Training Program (MICRTP) for information on possible studentships.

High School Program
Interest in sciences and research is best instilled in the early education of students. It responds to requests from high schools and CEGEPS to contribute in certain training programs and participates in various mentorship programs, workshops and laboratory visits, as well as summer stages in the Centre’s own research laboratories.