NTCO graduate applications

The NTCO advantage: Funding for your research, professional skills training, direct experience working in industry

Student internships with our industrial partners will provide hands on experience in industry and the benefit of supervision from experts in cutting-edge instrumentation laboratories. Students must commit to a minimum internship length of 4 months for MSc students (spread over 2 years), and 6 months for PhD students (spread over 3 years).

Summer schools, workshops, and professional skills training relevant to the needs of the program and participating students will also be offered, including a selection of MITACS Step workshops.

Graduate student funding is available in the form of stipends, as well as support for travel to NTCO-related activities.

MSc stipends are awarded to a maximum of $12,000 per year.
PhD stipends are awarded to a maximum of $15,000 per year.

When a student has significant other sources of funding, such as an NSERC CGSD, these amounts may be reduced in order to keep overall funding levels in line with institutional standards. Please get in touch for more information.

In some cases, additional funding of $1000 per month is available to support students relocating for internships. Those that qualify will have their monthly stipend payments increased by this amount for each month that they are away, to help offset the financial burden associated with temporarily relocating to another city. 

In order to participate in the NTCO program all students must:

  • spend 20% of their academic time conducting research in Canadian industry
  • complete the expectations of their programs at their home institutes
  • participate in a summer school related to astronomical instrumentation (e.g. the Dunlap Institute Summer School) or equivalent
  • take several short courses on professional skills (such as project management, risk assessment, costing and budgets, working on international teams, etc.)
  • participate in NTCO events such as our annual general meeting

Students will be selected for their academic skills and interests in astronomical instrumentation, and projects will be selected that best match the student’s skill set. In order to be considered for admission into the NTCO-CREATE program, a student must be accepted into a Canadian graduate program, with a co-supervisor confirmed from one of the host institutes:
University of Victoria, University of Toronto/ Dunlap Institute, Laval University/ OMM, and McMaster University.
In some instances, students from other Canadian universities can be accepted. Please contact the NTCO Program Coordinator for more information. 

Application Procedure
Submit your completed application form and current CV via email to the NTCO Program Coordinator at ntco@uvic.ca.

Graduate student applications for Fall 2019 have closed.
If you would like to be considered for late admission, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Successful applicants can only be accepted provisionally until an industrial internship can be confirmed.
Note that application packages may be shared with NTCO industrial partners, in order to help them identify potential student interns. 

The graduate application form can be found here.