NTCO graduate applications


Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2020.  The deadline for graduate student applications is 7 February 2020. 

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 $45,000 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 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.

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 and any associated professional skills workshops

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 be accepted into a Canadian graduate program, with a supervisor or co-supervisor confirmed from one of the host institutes: University of Victoria, University of Toronto/ Dunlap Institute, Laval University/ OMM, Université de Montréal, 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. 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 NTCO program is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and applications from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

The graduate application form can be found here.