Doing a Master or PhD degree with iREx

Each year, iREx professors hire new MSc/PhD students to pursue exoplanetary science at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), either at Université de Montréal (UdeM) or at one of the other home institutions of iREx’s members (McGill University, Bishop’s University).

About iREx

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) consists of a growing team of 40+ researchers (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students), mostly from UdeM and McGill all working on various research programs focused on the study of exoplanets and related fields of stellar astrophysics. Members of iREx play a leadership role in many large international facilities related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, most notably the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), precision radial velocity instruments SPIRou and NIRPS, and the high-contrast imager Gemini Planet Imager. More information on the various cutting-edge research programs of iREx can be found on the institute website. For more information on the work of each professors, please see their individual profiles

Information on the application processes

Université de Montréal

If you are interested in studying at Université de Montréal, it is advised to find a supervisor before to apply to the university. A wise choice is thus to first contact the professor(s) you are interested to work with, sending him or her your CV and transcript (you can also include a statement of interest)

If this professor is available to take new students and judges your application interesting for a project, he or she will contact you back to discuss it.

You will then need to complete an application at the Université de Montréal:
MSc in physics at Université de Montréal (deadline for admission in the fall: Febuary 1st)
PhD in physics at Université de Montréal (deadline for admission in the fall: Febuary 1st)


If you are interested in studying at McGill, you should apply at the Department of Physics or the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. You can still contact the professors you would like to work with. This allows to let them know your interest in working with them and to verify if they are hiring that year.

For more information on McGill application process, see the Department of Physics admissions page (deadline for admission in the fall: December 15) or the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences admission page (deadline for admission in the fall: February 1st).


To work at Bishop’s with Professor Jason Rowe, you can contact him and see more information on the application process on the admissions page. There is no formal deadline for admission, but to receive the fullest consideration for registration in September, students are encouraged to apply before May 1st.

More information

If you are eligible, you can apply to funding with NSERC and FRQNT. To get these grants at the beginning of your studies in the summer or in the fall of a given year, you typically have to apply in the fall of the preceding year*. It is thus interesting to find an advisor well in advance, so they can support your applications. Many other funding opportunities are available at each institution.

The working languages at iREx are French and English. In all institutions, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in physics, astrophysics or similar discipline to be admitted for a MSc and a MSc degree in physics, astrophysics or similar discipline to be admitted for a PhD. 

iREx promotes diversity, inclusion and equity in its workforce and encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

For more information on iREx, write at or contact Marie-Eve Naud, iREx Scientific Coordinator:

*For example, to start your graduate studies in 2019 at Université de Montréal, the deadline for the FRQNT (MSc and PhD) is October 3rd, 2018, 4PM and for NSERC (PhD), the date is October 8th, 2018, 4PM. The date for NSERC at the master level is usually at the beginning of December.