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Research Supervisor

Are you thinking of enrolling in a research-based master’s or doctoral program?

First, you need to fill out an application.

You do not need to choose a research supervisor to guide you in your studies and research work before you submit your application. However, it is preferable to undertake the process quickly, because a professor (your future research supervisor) must necessarily endorse your application in order for you to be admitted.

  • Have you already contacted a professor in your field of interest? Write his or her name in your application. This does not mean, however, that the professor will commit to accepting your application sight unseen.
  • If you did not write the name of a research supervisor on your application, it will be passed around the department. A professor who is interested in your profile and in your research interests may then contact you or accept your application.


  • Established expertise in the discipline (content, methodology, international contact networks, etc.);
  • A genuine interest in your research topic;
  • A desire to guide you in your work (availability, feedback, help in defining your research topic, support in planning the various stages of your project, etc.);
  • Encouragement for you to publish the results of your research.


To identify a research supervisor, you have 4 options:

  1. Consulting the directory of professors by research expertise to identify a research supervisor working in your area of interest.
  2. Consulting the list of research projects.
  3. Discussion with the professors who have taught you, if you are in your preparatory semester with a view to entering a master’s program.
  4. Discussion with the department’s graduate program co-ordinator to learn about the programs of study related to your field of research.

You can then contact one or more professors in person or by email. To help you contact professors, we invite you to fill the Student-Professor Contact Form (.dot) and attach it to your email. You should also introduce yourself, list the strong points in your CV, specify the program that interests you and discuss the following points with the professor:

  • How do the subjects the professor works with interest you? Show that you have done your homework.
  • Is the professor available to work with you?
  • Can the professor provide financial aid, and if so, what kind? If you have a bursary, mention it.
  • Can the professor give you contact information for a member of his/her research team so that you can speak with that person and tour the laboratories?
  • What is his/her preferred supervisory approach?
  • Any other questions that seem relevant to you.

In response, the professor will let you know whether your profile is of interest to him/her, and as needed may suggest other professors whose work is a closer fit with your interests.