This new initiative will allow exceptional undergraduate & graduate students from Canada to spend 10 weeks at NASA in the summer of 2020.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Fulbright Canada and Mitacs have partnered under the Agency’s Canadian Student Participation in the NASA International Internship (NASA I²) Project. This program will provide opportunities for high performing Canadian students from a variety of STEM disciplines to be part of a 10 week research internship one of NASA’s research facilities.
The program intends to award grants to the students that are selected for the program to support the NASA I². The total grant amounts awarded to each grantee are:
- Up to $8,000 for a 10-week internship;
- Be a Canadian citizen on the date of application
- Be enrolled in a Canadian university as a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) in a topic of interest to the CSA and relevant to NASA’s mission priorities, as reflected in the available internship projects (NASA I² Project List [PDF, 202 KB]). Candidates that are pursuing an undergraduate degree should have successfully completed a minimum of four (4) semesters of full-time study (or full-time equivalent) in their program at the time of application. University enrollment should be effective at the time of application.
- Have obtained, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0, or an equivalent standard if the student’s university does not use GPA (an average grade of “B” or higher).
- Be proficient in written and spoken English.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates must complete the following three steps to submit their application and receive, if they are selected, a grant from the CSA, Mitacs and Fulbright Canada.
- Download and complete the application form (Word, 175 KB or PDF, 341 KB templates);
- A complete application must contain the following:
- a completed original Application form signed by the applicant;
- a copy of the applicant’s proof of Canadian citizenship (such as a Canadian passport);
- proof of the student’s full-time enrollment at a Canadian university, at the time of application, in an undergraduate or graduate program in STEM. The applicant’s field of study must be in a topic of interest to the CSA and relevant to NASA’s mission priorities, as reflected in the available internship projects (NASA I² Project List [PDF, 202 KB]);
- candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate program require proof that they have completed at least four (4) semesters of full-time study;
- the applicant’s academic records proving that the minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 is met, or that an equivalent standard is achieved if the applicant’s university does not use GPA (an average grade of “B” or higher). The applicant’s academic record should include the name of his or her institution, the program in which the applicant is enrolled, the applicant’s complete list of courses, including his or her marks in each course, and the legend explaining acronyms;
- a motivation letter written by the applicant (refer to Section 5.2 for the elements that should be covered in the motivation letter);
- a reference letter from a professor that holds a faculty position at the applicant’s university (must be a separate document) (refer to Section 5.2 for elements that should be covered in the reference letter);
- the applicant’s curriculum vitae (must be a separate document);
- the list of awards, scholarships and distinctions that the applicant has received, if applicable;
- one hard copy of all the documents above; and,
- a single PDF-formatted file containing copies (identical to the paper copies) of all the above requested documents with all security features disabled on a USB memory key. If there is any discrepancy between the hard copy and the electronic version, the hard copy takes precedence.
- Post-mail your application to the CSA at the address below:
NASA I² Project
c/o Emilie de La Haye Duponsel
Senior Program Officer, Academic Development
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l’Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9
- Applications must be received at the CSA no later than December 6, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. (ET);
- Hand-delivered proposals will only be accepted during business hours. No personnel is available to receive proposals during the weekend;
- Applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted;
- Incomplete applications may not be considered.
For more information please visit: https://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/funding-programs/funding-opportunities/ao/2019-nasa-i2.asp#3
- For all questions, applicants must use this generic e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Questions and their answers will be posted on the CSA website under the “Frequently asked questions” section of this AO.
- The CSA will answer questions received no later than 5 p.m. (ET) on November 22, 2019.