Marie-Victorin Fund

The Marie-Victorin Fund is a permanent fund named in honour of the founder of both the Montreal Botanical Garden and the Université de Montréal Botanical Institute (Institut botanique), now the IRBV. A portion of the fund’s revenues is used each year to offer a bursary to a Ph.D. student registered at the Université de Montréal. Donations to the Marie-Victorin Fund help support higher education and train future professionals and researchers in the field of plant biology.

Your donation to the Marie-Victorin Fund will make it possible to:

  • offer a prestigious bursary with a minimum value of $5 000 to a Ph.D. student whose thesis supervisor or co-supervisor is a professor-researcher at the IRBV;
  • encourage students to pursue their doctoral studies at the IRBV;
  • stimulate advanced research at the IRBV.



  • Promote excellence in research;
  • Develop highly-skilled future researchers;
  • Heighten the importance and impact of research in plant biology;
  • Increase the leadership and visibility of the IRBV within the scientific community.


Thank you to our generous donors


In advance, thank you for your generosity!

For any questions regarding donations, please contact the following address by email: or by telephone at 514-343-6812. You will be directed to the best person to answer your question.

Charitable registration number (Canada): 10816 0995 RR0001

By mail

Please fill out and print this form and mail it along with your donation to the following address:

Université de Montréal
Réseau des diplômés et des donateurs
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7

By internet
To make your donation directly online, you can follow this link.

All you have to do is fill out the fields on the donation form. Tax receipts for charitable donations will be automatically issued for donations of $10 or more.

Le frère Marie-Victorin: communicateur, scientifique, passionné, visionnaire.


Born Conrad Kirouac, Brother Marie-Victorin (1885-1944) had the gift of being able to communicate his passion for science to a wide audience.

His extensive scientific inventory of the plants of Québec’s St. Lawrence River Valley was published under the title La flore laurentienne. One of the founders of ACFAS (Association canadienne française pour l’avancement des sciences) in 1923, he also supported the establishment of clubs for young naturalists (Cercles des Jeunes Naturalistes). He was a major force behind the creation of both the Montreal Botanical Garden, now ranked among the greatest botanical gardens in the world. The Université de Montréal Botanical Institute (Institut botanique de l’Université de Montréal), known today as the IRBV (Plant Biology Research Institute)., is another of his great achievements.