NTCO graduate applications


The 2022 deadline for new graduate student applications is approaching!

Applications are due Feb 4th, 2022. 

Why apply?
Graduate students selected for the program will receive:

  • Funding towards their studies: up to $24,000 over two years for Masters students, and up to $30,000 over three years for PhD students*
  • An annual travel budget of $1250 to participate in program-related activities
  • Opportunities to network with academic and industrial members and potential employers from across Canada at the NTCO Annual General Meeting
  • Professional skills workshops to develop job readiness
  • Access to exclusive internship opportunities with our industrial partners

*When a student has significant other sources of funding, such as an NSERC CGS or a full salary from their internship employer, these amounts may be reduced in order to keep overall funding levels in line with institutional standards. Please get in touch for more information.

Program requirements
If accepted, graduate students must commit to:

  • Completing the expectations of their programs at their home institutions
  • Spending 20% of their academic time on internships in Canadian industry: a minimum of 4 months for Masters students (spread over 2 years), and 6 months for PhD students (spread over 3 years)
  • Participating in at least one summer school related to astronomical instrumentation (e.g. the Dunlap Institute Summer School or approved equivalent)
  • Attending the Annual General Meeting each year during their time in the program
  • Completing one professional skills workshop each year during their time in the program (these are usually offered in conjunction with the AGM)

Students will be selected for their academic skills and interests in astronomical instrumentation.  In order to be considered for admission into the NTCO-CREATE program, a student must have the support of their thesis supervisor, and must have a member of our project team agree to act as their NTCO supervisor.

Application Procedure
Submit your completed application form and current CV via email to the NTCO Program Coordinator at ntco@uvic.ca.  Note that application packages may be shared with NTCO industrial partners, in order to help them identify potential student interns. 

The NTCO program is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and applications from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

More information can be found on the FAQ page. The graduate application form is available here.


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