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Work, Training, Funding & Internship Opportunities

Queen’s offers many opportunities for internships, practicum, clinical placement and work experience.  Please contact the graduate coordinator of your academic program to investigate these opportunities. 

Internship Programs for Masters/PhD students

Queen’s offers many opportunities for internships, practicum, clinical placement and work experience.  Please contact the graduate coordinator of your academic program to investigate these opportunities. 

Connect Canada


Connect Canada is a national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements. Regardless of the sector or the location, Connect Canada interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their graduate studies.

Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) – internships & fellowships

One program that the OBI runs is an Experiential Education Initiative which involves many opportunities for grad students in Neuroscience, from internships to entrepreneurial fellowships.

For more information on the Ontario Brain Institute visit www.braininstitute.ca

RAND Summer Associate Program

RAND's Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues. RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. As such, it provides a distinctive environment for graduate students.

Summer associates work at RAND fulltime for a 12-week period. Positions are available in RAND's major U.S. offices — Santa Monica, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, and Boston. All summer associates are collocated with project mentors. The location of the project mentor determines the location of the summer associate. Students receive a stipend and are given the opportunity to conduct research that can be completed during the summer they are at RAND. The summer stipend in 2014 will be approximately $13,500 (before taxes) for the 12 weeks of fulltime research.

The program is designed for fulltime students who have completed at least two years of graduate work leading to a doctorate (e.g., PhD, EDD, DRPH, SciD, etc.) or professional degree (e.g., law or medical degree, professional engineer certificate). Students must be enrolled fulltime in a graduate degree program during the spring and fall of 2014 to be considered for the program. Students graduating prior to September 2014 are encouraged to look at our fulltime positions at www.rand.org/jobs.html.

RAND's primary activity is research. The environment provides a rich variety of ongoing studies and an experienced staff of professional researchers with whom associates interact. RAND projects are typically interdisciplinary. Some research projects bring together economists, psychologists, statisticians, and health professionals, for example, whereas others bring together engineers, operations researchers, and students of organizational behavior.

RAND accepts applications only through our website. Applications mailed directly to RAND or emailed to our summer director will not be considered. Current Summer Associate positions include (click the links below to view the job descriptions and apply online):

  • Policy Research
  • Economics
  • Sociology & Demography
  • Statistics
  • Political Science & History
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology & Criminology
  • Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Physical Sciences Operations Research, Ind Eng/Sys Eng, Mgmt Sci, Supply Chain, Risk Analysis

More information: http://www.rand.org/about/edu_op/fellowships/gsap.html

Contact: Summer_Director@rand.org

Awards & Funding Opportunities

Rhodes Scholarships

Thinking of applying for a 2015 Rhodes Scholarship? You will need institutional endorsement. The internal deadline to apply is September 9. Find out more via the Student Affairs website

Fulbright Canada Awards – Open Now

Fulbright Canada, a member of the prestigious worldwide Fulbright family, offers a wide range of awards for academic exchange. Academic exchanges expose students to new ideas and new perspectives, encourage networking, and highlight a different culture.

Core Facts about the awards

  • Fulbright Canada competition for Canadian graduate students is now open, and closes on
  • November 15, 2014
  • The competition is for awards taken up for one 9-month academic year starting September 2015


  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens,
  • Be in receipt of a bachelor's degree prior to the proposed start date of the grant, and
  • Be proficient in English.

Graduate Students can apply to the:

Traditional Fulbright student awards: US$15,000 for one 9-month academic year. These all-discipline awards can be taken up at any college, university, think tank, or government agency in the United States.
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program: $400-$600 stipend per month (commensurate with average cost of living in host city), room and board, visa services, health insurance, and a bursary to complete two courses per semester. The award is for Canadian Francophone students and teachers, aged 21 to 29, who want to teach and study in the United States.

Inquiries: Michelle Emond, Program Officer (Students), memond@fulbright.ca  


Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Mitacs is pleased to present the Mitacs Globalink Research Award – for undergraduate and graduate research at a university outside Canada. This is an exciting new initiative that provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research abroad.

The Globalink Research Award provides an opportunity for:

  • Senior undergraduate and graduate students to conduct innovative research at an accredited univesity in Mitacs partner countries for 12-24 weeks;
  • New collaborations with academic researchers  in Mitacs partner countries:  Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey, and Vietnam;
  • Up to $5000 for student travel expenses provided to a Canadian supervisor;

Applications are accepted at any time;  students and faculty at Canadian Mitacs full and associate partner universities are eligible.

Visit their website, https://www.mitacs.ca/globalink/globalink-research-award.

Fulbright Canada Awards – http://www.fulbright.ca/programs.html

Fulbright Canada runs a wide range of programs that support exceptional Canadian students and scholars who wish to study, do research, or lecture in the United States.

Competitions Close: Around November each year

Student Initiative Fund  – http://queensu.ca/studentaffairs/fundsandawards/studentinitiativefund.html

Are you a student with a great idea or project that can help you learn and work in service to the community? The Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs has established the Student Initiative Fund to provide year-round funding opportunities for special projects and initiatives that enhance the student experience and enrich the University community.

This Fund supports recognized student groups, clubs and registered students to organize activities, programs, events and activities that enhance the quality of student life at Queen's University. Projects that are dedicated to the principles of personal and community development and, in particular, provide extra- and co-curricular educational opportunities for students to build leadership, citizenship, intercultural awareness and/or community-building skills are encouraged.

Preference will be given to those projects in which the University community, and in some situations the broader community, may participate.

To encourage programs and initiatives to address and support issues related to mental health and well-being on campus a portion of the funds will be targeted for such projects.

Deadline to apply - usually around November each year

IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC offers these awards twice a year to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing their doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards support field research (3 to 12 months) in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC program priorities and must ensure that their research project aligns with these priorities.

For more information contact Laura Marchese-Smith at QUIC

Teach @ Tübingen – Call for Applications from Matariki Partner Universities


The University of Tübingen’s Institutional Strategy provides financial support for expanding the number of courses it offers in English and for promoting the teaching competence of post-doctoral fellows or of PhD students who are at an advanced stage of their studies. This call for applications is especially focused on our strategic partner universities in the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU). We welcome applications from MNU advanced PhD students or post-doctoral fellows who would like to expand their teaching experience while simultaneously expanding their research horizons with a working stay in Germany under the Teach-at-Tübingen (T@T) Program.

T@T candidates are asked to teach classes in English for approximately two hours per week during semester, in agreement with the Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs of the respective Tübingen Faculty, where they willbe based as a function of their research collaboration.


  • Candidates must be at an advanced stage of their doctoral studies or already have their PhD
  • They must have written agreement from the Tübingen professor with whom they propose to conduct research (Candidates are encouraged to make contact directly with Tübingen professors working in their field of research (http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties.html). (Occasionally, the Tübingen Matariki coordinator may be able to help to identify the relevant researchers)
  • The classes they offer must be made public and open to all students
  • The classes they offer must be held in English.

Length of stay: 1-2 semesters


  • PhD students: €1500/ month (part scholarship, part remuneration for teaching)
  • Postdocs: €1700/ month (part scholarship, part remuneration for teaching)
  • Travel expenses (documented costs) up to €1000

The University’s Welcome Center offers help with visas and accommodation.


Please apply to the respective Dean of the Tübingen Faculty (with a copy to the Tübingen Matariki coordinator), providing the following information:

  • The name of the host professor at the University of Tübingen
  • The direct contact details for the candidate
  • Information on the candidate (CV)
  • Supporting letter from the candidate’s supervising professor at his/her home university as well as a letter from the host research professor at Tübingen
  • Starting date and length of stay (max. 2 semesters).

Closing date:

Applications must be handed in by 30 November 2014. The relevant Dean’s Office will forward the applications to the responsible division of the Central Administration, International Affairs, Mr. Wolfgang Mekle (wolfgang.mekle@uni-tuebingen.de).

Matariki contact:

Dr. Karin Moser v. Filseck, Tübingen Matariki coordinator (karin.moser@uni-tuebingen.de)

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