Undergraduate Research @ Lakehead


Undergraduate research matters!

Photo of Participants During Oral Session of Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference 2023This page has been developed specifically for Lakehead University undergraduate students in order to promote undergraduate research at Lakehead as well as to provide information on external funding opportunities geared to undergraduates at Lakehead. 
Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research ConferencePhoto of Participants During Poster Session of Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference 2023The Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates the contributions of emerging researchers at Lakehead University. This conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to present a poster or an oral presentation on a research project they are working on or have completed while engaging in scholarly debate with their peers.For information on the 2023 edition of this event, please click here. 

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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities - In Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research CouncilNatural Resources Canada (NRC) 
Mitacs Inc. (Click on the link for the Mitacs page)
  • Mitacs Accelerate (Open Call)
  • Mitacs Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

Undergraduate Funding Opportunities - INTERNATIONAL

Mitacs Inc. (Click on the link for the Mitacs page)
  • Global: Globalink Research Award (GRA) - (Open Call)
  • Germany: Mitacs-DAAD RISE-Globalink Research Internship - Deadline November 30, 2023 extended to December 6, 2023 for Summer 2024 
CALAREO Global Skills Opportunity:       CALAREO Opportunities
  • Latin America: International Research Mobility Experience Program (IRME)
    • Medium-term (12-16 weeks) research internships in Latin America, in collaboration with Mitacs - OPEN CALL  - Can be done as a co-op!
      • 2024 Call is now open!  Apply by the end of January for Summer 2024.  For more information and to submit an expression of interest, click here.
      • For a list of available internships in Colombia and Mexico, click here.  The list is in process of being updated.
      • Other internships may be eligible for funding as well - please contact calareo.research@lakeheadu.ca for more information.
    • Short-term (1-4 weeks) research internships in Latin America and the Caribbean - to accompany a Lakehead Faculty member  on a research project.  Must be nominated by      the professor.
    • Short-term (2-4 weeks) Field school / study tours in Latin America and the Caribbean, lead by a Lakehead Faculty member.   Must be nominated by a faculty member.
      • Short-term schools / courses with other member or partner institutions may also be eligible for funding. For example, 
BRAZIL: Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP) - Research Internships for Fall 2024 - DEADLINE May 15, 2024

UFOP Fact Sheet

Undergraduates and graduate students can choose from over 30 internships in varlous disciplines.  Funding for undergraduates is available through the CALAREO IRME program.  CLICK HERE to see internships.  Graduate students *may* be able to apply for a Mitacs GRA. For more information and application instructions, please contact Jill Sherman, intl.research@lakeheadu.ca

INDIA: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) CLOSED
  • Shastri Student Research in India Fellowships (SSRIF). Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the SSRIF is a 12-week, CAD$ 7,000 research fellowship for Canadian students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs (all disciplines), to undertake research projects at Indian member institutions.  Projects must be completed by April 30, 2024.  Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. SICI will provide project project facilitation and travel support services.  Click HERE for more information. For assistance, contact Jill Sherman, intl.research@lakeheadu.ca.
GERMANY: German Universities of Applied Sciences - UAS7  Internship Program  DEADLINE 15 February 2024 CLOSED
The UAS7 are a group of Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany, offering internships to students in North America.  Some of the internships offer a travel scholarship of 1,000 Euros. Students accepted to internships may be able to apply to the Mitacs GRA program for financial support.  Graduate students may also participate in internships.  FULL LIST HERE.

SAUDI ARABIA: KAUST Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP) - STEM Disciplines

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a private research university in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.  KAUST is offering research internships to 3rd/4th year Bachelors or Masters students through their Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP).  Students receive a travel costs, housing, health coverage, a monthly stipend (USD 1,000) and access to KAUST's world-class Core Labs and research facilities.  There are no citizenship requirements, open call.   Over 150 internships on offer in all STEM related disciplines.

FINLAND:  Aalto Science Institute - International Summer Research Research Program CLOSED

Call for applications: January 2 - January 29, 2024 (DEADLINE). Students work as research assistants and are paid a stipend that will cover living expenses, plus up to 800 Euros toward travel expenses (for those outside th EU).  Projects are available in Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Communications, Built Environment) and other Sciences (Applied Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics and Systems Analysis).