Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
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As part of its commitment to support the development of the next generation of space professionals in Canada, the CSA participates in the NASA I2 Project. Through its participation, the CSA may nominate highly qualified university students who may subsequently be selected by NASA to participate in internship projects along with U.S. students and students from abroad. The Canadian Student Participation in the NASA International Internship (NASA I2) Project (summer 2022, fall 2022 & spring 2023) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is currently open. Canadian graduate students are invited to submit their application.
To apply applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria. Certain criteria are required by NASA under the NASA International Internship (NASA I2) Project:
- Be a Canadian citizen on the date of application (NASA requirement);
- Be enrolled in a Canadian university as a full-time student in a 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, 540 KB]). University enrollment must be effective at the time of application and at the time of the internship.
- Have previously completed an undergraduate or graduate program in STEM;
- Have obtained, for the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 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 "
A-" or higher). Note that the CSA reserves the right to consider the academic results obtained prior to the applicant's last two years of studies completed if few or no grades appear on their transcript in the last two years (for example, during multiple semesters devoted to research);
- Be the first author or co-author of at least one (1) publication in a journal or in conference proceedings;
- Be proficient in written and spoken English (level "
Advanced" or "
Native" required; this criterion may be evaluated) (NASA requirement).
Note: Although applicants may indicate their interest for more than one internship session (summer , fall and/or spring ), priority may be given to applicants participating in the NASA International Internship (NASA I2) Project for the first time or who have not previously interned at NASA.
Funding available (summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023): Up to $8,000 for a 10-week internship (summer) and up to $11,000 for a 16-week internship (fall and spring). This funding is made available by the CSA, Mitacs and Fulbright Canada. The CSA’s share of these amounts are $2,000 for a 10-week internship and $3,000 for a 16-week internship. The CSA reserves the right to reject applications or to reduce this amount at its sole discretion. Applicants will have to accept to use the CSA awarded grant to cover (partially or totally) the following eligible expenses: a) round trip transportation to the NASA research centre where the internship will take place; b) accommodations during internship; and c) meals for the duration of the internship. Eligible expenses exceeding the total grant amount as well as any other types of expenses, such as car rentals or insurance, are entirely the applicants responsibility.
Two funding organizations, Mitacs and Fulbright Canada, intend to award a share of the total grant amount. Grant terms and conditions specific to each funding organization may apply. The management of Mitacs and Fulbright Canada’s grants is the sole responsibility of these respective organizations. Selected applicants should directly communicate with Mitacs and Fulbright Canada for any concern or question regarding their portion of the total grant amount.
CSA will rank the applicants and retain the applications of up to ten (10) applicants per internship session (summer , fall and spring ). These applications will be submitted to NASA for each internship session (summer , fall and spring ) for its final selection.
COVID-19: Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Single deadline for: Summer 2022 session (10 weeks), Fall 2022 session (16 weeks), and Spring 2023 session (16 weeks) applications
How to Apply
Applicants submit their applications directly to CSA.
Applicants have the option to submit their applications either electronically (Section 4.1) or by mail (Section 4.2). Applications sent by mail or courier must be received at the CSA no later than , at 1:00 PM (ET). The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that all documents, including the reference letter, are received at the CSA within the prescribed deadline.