Calls for Proposals

Calls for Proposals

See below to find out more about our current competitions:

  • PhD Exchange Program
  • Visiting Scientist Program
  • Frontier Research Venture Fund
  • HQP Pooled Resource Competition

PhD Exchange Program

The McDonald Institute has launched the new PhD Exchange Program! This program will expand opportunities for Canadian and International PhD students to get experience and international exposure during their studies in astroparticle physics or related fields. There are a limited number of awards annually and will cover the costs of travel and accommodations during the exchange. Exchanges in astroparticle physics can be up to 6 months in duration and can support Canadian PhD students going to a foreign country, or any international PhD students coming to Canada.

For more information on the program or to sponsor PhD Exchanges, please contact

Visiting Scientist Program

The McDonald Institute welcomes applications from scientists with an interest in advancing areas of research that align with the objectives of the McDonald Institute. Visits will range from 3 to 12 months and will be specifically for collaborative work on research projects at a host institution, similar to a research sabbatical. The host institution may be in Canada or abroad.

Frontier Research Venture Fund

The Canadian astroparticle physics community are invited to apply ‘in-year’ for funding opportunities that help maximize the scientific output from the suite of experiments that are currently operational or under development. Proposals that seek funding in the following areas are invited to apply:

  1. Programmatic or Network-level research partnership development initiatives.
  2. Unique capacity building/training/professional development opportunities within existing research projects.
  3. Seed funding of new research and development initiatives to build new teams or enable proof of principle that will lead to follow-on funding from other sources of research support.

The deadline for the first round of applications is Friday, August 31st, 2018.

HQP Pooled Resource Competition Round Three

The McDonald Institute is pleased to announce our third call for proposals to access tickets to hire students and postdocs!

Who is eligible?

This is an opportunity to provide support and to help accomplish the goal of adjoining various communities in the field of astrophysics research.

Applications will be scored on scientific merit, need, and alignment with the objectives of the McDonald Institute. It also an opportunity to address equity needs and to ensure that consistent steps are taken in the hiring process.

Applicants will be granted one ticket for each successful position. Candidates do not need to be identified beforehand. Tickets are valid for 6 months with the possibility of renewal.

Proposal Submission

Complete a separate application form for each position. Where applicable, certain information may be copied between applications, though each position is unique and will be considered on its own merits.

See “McDonald Institute research strategy guidelines” for clarification on the vision and scientific goals for the McDonald Institute research program.

Completed applications may be sent to

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in the recruitment and research environment are scored evaluation criteria significantly weighted in the application. Applicants will be scored on the equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in the recruitment of research personnel as well as the research environment planned/in place for the HQP to thrive. Points considered include the applicant’s track record on creating diversity and/or enabling equity in the current research group; how the applicant will expand approaches to attract candidates from equity seeking groups; and how accommodations will be provided to individuals from equity seeking groups.

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee adjudicates applications and forwards recommendations to the Scientific Director. The Scientific Advisory Committee has representation across a large number of institutions with both early career and established researchers involved in both theory and experiment.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 31st, 2018. Please note, for this round of applications, funding will be awarded based on the number of tickets that become available.

Please direct all questions and submissions related to this call to