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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


Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge 2014 – deadline 24 March

The Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge is designed to reward high-quality graduate student research that is relevant to postsecondary education, training and labour market policies in Ontario.

The Challenge seeks to increase the profile of emerging policy scholars by providing a platform for students and recent graduates to communicate their work with the research community and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

The Challenge also seeks to create links between MTCU and policy research at higher education institutions in Ontario by facilitating dialogue between students, policy leaders and research faculty.

Each applicant will submit a policy brief on a policy problem related to postsecondary education, training or labour market policy that reflects a research project they are working on (e.g., PhD dissertation, Master’s thesis or research work as part of their regular course work). Only one policy brief per applicant will be considered.

The brief should be succinct, clear and provide the statement of the problem, background based on a brief scan of existing practices, key themes in the literature, and options and recommendations. The Brief should not exceed 1,200 words.

The top 25 applicants will receive awards worth $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000. Finalists will make a presentation on their brief at an event organized by MTCU. Applicants selected by a jury panel will share their findings with the MTCU Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Ministers.

Who is eligible?

The Challenge is open to graduate students and recent graduates from graduate programs at publicly assisted Ontario universities or post-graduate certificate programs at Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT).

Application Materials: The Call for the 2014 Competition, the Application Form and the Faculty Letter of Support can be found here: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eg/eopg/programs/ohcrif.html

Timelines: The deadline for the competition is March 24, 2014. Applications and any questions or concerns should be sent to GraduateChallenge@ontario.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


Work Opportunities

APF Canada Post-Graduate Research Fellowship Program* 

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has announced a call for applicants for its 2014-2015 Post-Graduate Research Fellowship program.
The Post-Graduate Research Fellowship program is an annual grant awarded to recent Masters and PhD graduates that offers recipients the opportunity to work for one year at APF Canada’s Vancouver office. The deadline for applications is February 17, 2014. For more information, including application details, please visit the APF website.

Let's Talk Science

A vacant coordinator position with Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Queen’s University needs to be filled.   This is an opportunity to become more involved with the management, planning and event development side of the program.  The current closing date for applications to the position is April 4th, 2014. Below is some information about the coordinator position:

The opportunity
Join a national network of enthusiastic graduate (or undergraduate in some cases) students working together to make a difference in the science literacy of young Canadians! A coordinator position is highly rewarding and comes with many benefits.

The Position
As a Let’s Talk Science Outreach Site Coordinator you will work with other Site Coordinators at your University to recruit, support, and manage volunteers and educators. The job involves maintaining strong communication with teachers, volunteers, other Site Coordinators across Canada, Let’s Talk Science National Office and local program supporters. As a Site Coordinator you are also well supported by the Let’s Talk Science National Office.


  • Recruit and train new site volunteers and any additional coordinators hired
  • Recruit educators
  • Partner volunteers and educators where appropriate
  • Support Let’s Talk Science site volunteers by helping to plan activities, organizing activity supplies, and making travel arrangements
  • Plan and organize trips to rural and remote communities
  • Maintain up-to-date, complete records of activities carried out and evaluations received on the Let’s Talk Science portal
  • Track finances and maintain an up-to-date budget on the Let’s Talk Science portal
  • Acquire additional funding from within the university and local community as needed
  • Compile and write stewardship reports to local and national funders
  • Maintain regular contact with the National Coordinator, Assistant National Coordinator and others at the National Office
  • Attend at least one fully funded Let’s Talk Science conference each year


  • Enthusiasm and a passion for science outreach and education
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work and carry out agreed upon objectives
  • Past experience as a Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteer is an asset
  • Project management experience is an asset

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • High level of computer literacy, experience with: Internet applications, and Microsoft Office Suite


  • Develop business, leadership and communication skills applicable to any field or career choice
  • Gain fundraising and budgetary skills transferable to everything from everyday life, to small business entrepreneurship to grant fund management for the future professor
  • Work in a positive work environment filled with generous and passionate people
  • Tremendous autonomy to pursue new goals for Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Queen’s University
  • Paid travel to Let’s Talk Science conferences & rural communities
  • Earn a coordinator stipend

This position works closely Isabel Deslauriers, the National Coordinator, Let’s Talk Science Outreach and the Assistant National Coordinator, Let’s Talk Science Outreach.

To apply send a resume with references and cover letter to Marc Li at talksci@queensu.ca.

Deadline: April 4th 2014