Visiting Researchers and Artists

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CIRMMT hosts visiting researchers from around the world. Researchers and artists who are interested in traveling to Montreal to work on a research project with one or more CIRMMT members are asked to contact the relevant member(s) directly.

CIRMMT’s central facilities include office spaces with workstations designated for visiting scholars and artists. Visitors have full access to a workstation in this shared office space for the duration of their stay, which is to be for a maximum of six months. They may also request the short-term use of any of our central laboratories for research throughout their visit.

How to apply to be a Visiting Research or Artist

Requests for visiting researcher office space can be submitted by Regular and Collaborator members on behalf of their guest throughout the year. The following information should be submitted:

  1. A request letter outlining the nature of the collaborative research project along with start and end dates of the visit (preferably less than six months, but a maximum one year)
  2. The visiting researcher or artist’s CV

Requests for office space for visiting researchers will be reviewed by the Centre’s Executive Committee on a monthly basis.

CIRMMT is unable to provide travel funding, salary or lodging for visiting researchers/artists.

Immigration Information & Entry requirements to Canada for non-Canadian citizens

  • Visiting researchers/artists who are self-funded and wish to stay for six months or less will be provided with a letter that waives the need for a work permit under exemption R186(a).
  • Only under special circumstances will we consider stays of over six months and up to one year. Otherwise, CIRMMT will only accept stays of six months or less. Stays of more than six months require additional work permits, visas and costs.


It is the responsibility of the visiting researcher to get the appropriate visa to enter Canada. There are fees associated with the visa. For more information, please visit the Candian Immigration website:

eTAs (electronic Travel Authorization)

As of November 2016, all visa-exempt travellers (except United States [U.S.] citizens) will need an eTA to board their flight. It is the responsibility of the visiting researcher to apply for the eTA. For more information on the eTA and how to apply for one, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides more information here:

Current Visiting Researchers & Artists

  • September 2021-August 2022: Jose Iñesta, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
  • April-June 2022: Thierry Dutoit, Université de Mons, Belgium

Upcoming Visiting Researchers & Artists

  • August 2022-January 2023: Ravi Shankar Magno Viana Domingues, Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil
  • November 2022: Charles Nichols, Virginia Tech University, USA

View our past Visiting Researchers & Artists