Post-Doctoral Visitors and Fellows Program

Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visitors come to the Law School to work on their research, or collaborate with Osgoode faculty members, and contribute to the research and academic life at Osgoode. All visitors of the law school will require a full-time faculty member to sponsor their visit.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visitors are individuals who have completed a doctoral degree and are engaging in professional work beyond their degree, and cannot hold a full time faculty member position at any university
  • Applicants should demonstrate oral and written English proficiency (if applicable, see below)
  • Applicants may be funded through external agencies (Post-Doctoral Fellow) or funded by their faculty sponsor (Post-Doctoral Visitor).


These visits can range from 3 to 12 months.

Recruitment Process

Recruitment of Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visitors is done through individual faculty members who have opportunities available. For more information, please visit York University’s Post-Doctoral Fellows website. The steps for applying to Osgoode are outlined below.

  1. Applicants should contact a faculty member who might be interested in their project and willing to serve as their faculty sponsor.
  2. Once a faculty sponsor has been confirmed, please contact Erika Robinson from the Office of External Relations & Communications at to request the application details. Please include the following details in your email: name of Osgoode faculty sponsor; anticipated visit dates; and confirmation that you hold a PhD and do not hold a full-time professor status at any institution.
  3. Please refer to the relevant deadlines below:
    • For visits during the Fall (September to December) or Winter (January to April) academic term – applications are due on the preceding February 28th.
    • For visits during the Summer (May to August) academic term – applications are due on the preceding October 31st.

Exceptions may be requested in conjunction with applications that must be submitted early to meet the requirements of prospective funding sources. Under extenuating circumstances, an applicant may also submit a request to have an application evaluated outside of these time frames, if the visit is under one month. In all cases, however, applicants should anticipate that a response will take approximately eight weeks.



  • There is an administrative program fee of $130 that will apply to all approved applications.
  • University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP): $60/month.
  • Work permit application fee of $155 + $85 for biometrics, if required.


  • The supervising faculty member is responsible for paying the $230 compliance fee to obtain the Offer Letter of Employment ID for the visitor’s work permit (if applicable).

Language Proficiency

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required for applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed at least three years of full-time study at a post-secondary institution or in a country where English is the official language of instruction.

To be considered, applicants must possess a Total Score not less than 93, with a minimum of 22 for Writing and 22 for Speaking. Alternatively, Osgoode will also accept test results of the academic test format offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS results should be no less than 7.0 in the academic format.