Undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellow, and staff opportunities are open for the worlds’ boldest and brightest to make the next big discovery in astroparticle physics. See the opportunities and projects open across Canada, and find the position that is right for you.
The McDonald Institute has several funding opportunities to enable meaningful scientific progress and maximize collaborative interactions, researcher exposure and the overall impact of the Astroparticle physics community. The four streams, Internships, Research Resources, Exchanges and Linkages, and Collaborations, each has its own set of funding envelopes, timelines, and review processes.
The McDonald Institute plans, runs, funds, and hosts several events for science-enthused students at every level of education. We host summer camps for Kingston youth (in person) and for all youth (virtually), and summer schools for national and international undergraduate and graduate students.
The McDonald Institute is pleased to present the Professional Development Opportunities (PDO) program for everyone in the astroparticle physics community and collaborating disciplines; undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty are all welcome to attend events to advance their professional development skills.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, we are delaying the Catalyst Workshops, Novel, and International Collaborations competitions, until appropriate. If the restrictions begin to lift, we anticipate launching the next competition call tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020.
In our Research Resources stream, the HQP Pooled Resources sixth round is currently under review with notices of decisions to be released later this month. As we approach the end of the McDonald Institute CFREF funding in August 2023, there are limits on our ability to commit funding to longer-term positions. To ensure fair and equitable access to the limited funds available in the pool, we will not consider further funding extensions to HQP tickets. In the Frontier Research Venture Fund program, recipients experiencing delays as a result of the pandemic closures or limited access to research facilities may be eligible for an extension to the identified end-date. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
Travel restrictions have significantly impacted our Visiting Scientist and Ph.D. Exchange Programs. We encourage the applicants to stay in contact with their host representatives and institutions for up to date information regarding international travel. We are extending the timeframe of the awards until the end of 2020 and will assess if further extensions are needed later in 2020. Similar to the Collaboration opportunities, we will be suspending new Visiting Scientist and Ph.D. Exchange competitions until further notice.
Calls for Proposals
The McDonald Institute has several funding opportunities to enable meaningful scientific progress and maximize collaborative interactions, researcher exposure and overall impact of the Astroparticle physics community. The four streams, Internships, Research Resources, Exchanges and Linkages, and Collaborations each has its own set of funding envelopes, timelines, and review processes.
This competition targets funding towards identified graduate students for a maximum of two years (excluding scholarships or salaries gained through teaching and research assistant positions etc.), with a start date prior to September 2021. Funding for positions is available to those pursuing astroparticle physics research in Canada aligned with the McDonald Institute Research Strategy.This will be one of the last HQP Pooled Resources opportunities.
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 six months in duration and can support Canadian PhD students going to a foreign country, or any international PhD students coming to Canada.
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 may be up to 12 months in duration 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.
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:
Programmatic or Network-level research partnership development initiatives.
Unique capacity building/training/professional development opportunities within existing research projects.
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.
Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the research funding year and will be considered at the quarterly Scientific Advisory Committee meetings.
Applicants must be associated with a Canadian academic institution. Please read the program guidelines below for further information.
The Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS) is an intensive week-long undergraduate school that will introduce students to the current topics in the field of astroparticle physics at Queen’s University and SNOLAB.