Postgraduate Fellows

Postgraduate Fellows are post-medical degree trainees who are pursuing further clinical or research training in their own specialty, and who have successfully completed all the time and examination requirements that would allow them to be listed (registered) as a specialist in their home country.

Are you interested in becoming a postgraduate fellow at UBC? Explore the guidelines below for more information.

In order to become a postgraduate fellow at UBC, a candidate must have successfully completed all the time and examination requirements which would allow them to be listed (registered) as a specialist in their home country.

  • The candidate MUST supply a letter from the postgraduate specialty college in their home country (with a notarized translation if applicable) indicating that they have met the training requirements for a specialist in that country. The letter should indicate the number of years of training necessary to achieve specialist status in the program and examinations necessary to achieve specialist status.
  • The candidate MUST provide proof (original with notarized translation if applicable) of successful completion of all examinations listed in the above letter.

Those candidates who do not meet the above fellowship eligibility criteria, but have sufficient postgraduate training to warrant admission to a postgraduate program at UBC, can further explore the website under the category, 'Postgraduate Trainees'.

Note: With the exception of applicants in the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons ("Royal College") Specialty Examination Affiliate Program (“SEAP”) clinical fellowship program, training provided as a Postgraduate (Fellow) will NOT be evaluated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This appointment will NOT be considered for positions as a paid physician assistant, nor postdoctoral research trainees, nor subspecialty residents.

The Application for Approval of Appointment of Postgraduate (Fellow) Form has been formulated so that the training of postgraduate fellows can be documented, and the information entered into the CAPER database and postgraduate templates.

Application Process

A completed application will include:

  • Application Form with signatures
  • Training Plan
  • Training Agreement with Health Authority or University
  • Application fees(s) (as applicable)
Applicant & Department/Division - Application Form

The Application for Approval of Appointment of Postgraduate (Fellow) Form must be completed and signed by the following individuals, in the following order:

  • Postgraduate (Fellow)
  • Training Supervisor
  • Department/Division Head
  • Health Authority Department/Division Head (if the applicant is sponsored by UBC)
Department/Division - Training Plan

The Department/Division head must appoint a training supervisor. The training supervisor, in consultation with the Department/Division Head, must set out the goals and objectives of the fellowship training in writing, and a copy of the training plan must be submitted as a part of the application.

Department/Division - Training Agreement

All applicants must have a written Training Agreement with the sponsoring Health Authority or University setting out the terms and conditions under which the training is provided. A copy of the Training Agreement must be submitted as a part of the application.

Applicant - Application Fee

The applicant must pay a $500.00 non-refundable, non-transferable administrative fee. The administrative fee can be paid online or by UBC journal voucher. Extensions under six months do not require an administrative fee.

Applicant - (as applicable) SEAP Fee

The applicant must pay a $5000.00 per year, non-refundable, non-transferable annual administrative fee. The administrative fee can be paid online or by UBC journal voucher.
Foreign-sponsored fellows who come under an annual contractual agreement will not be required to pay the $5000.00 administrative fee.

Once a completed application has been prepared, signatures obtained, and the fee(s) paid, the Department/Division is responsible for forwarding the application form to the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Dean's Office for review and signature. Once a completed application has been submitted to the PGME Deans Office it will be reviewed and processed as appropriate. Applications signed by the Postgraduate Dean will be returned to the Department/Division.

Guidelines for Applications to Clinical Fellow Training.

Administrative fees can be paid online or by UBC journal voucher.

Postgraduate (Fellow) - Fee is $500.00 effective July 1, 2017

SEAP - Fee is $5000.00 per year

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) requires that all physicians seeking medical licensure who have completed their medical education outside of Canada submit copies of certain documents to the Medical Council of Canada's Physicians Apply for source verification.

Further information about CPSBC credentials verification requirements can be found here.

Any candidate for licensure in British Columbia must have the ability to speak, read, and write English to the satisfaction of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia's Registration Committee.

Further information about CPSBC English Language Proficiency requirements can be found here.

Postgraduate Fellows are not registered as residents with the University and do not have to pay registration fees. However, they will be required to pay an annual licensing fee to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Salary arrangements are the responsibility of the Health Authority or University Department/Division sponsoring the training and must be set out in the Training Agreement.

Postgraduate Fellows are required to purchase personal medical malpractice liability insurance for their activities.

The Sponsoring Department/Division will facilitate the start of the Immigration/work permit documentation by obtaining an offer of employment ID number. It is then the responsibility of the postgraduate fellow to complete all the documentation and submit to the Sponsoring Department/Division. Please see UBC's Immigration Process for Foreign Clinical Fellows for further information.

Questions regarding the appointments of Postgraduate Fellows can be sent to pgme.electivesandfellows@ubc.ca.  Please allow two business days for a response.