Internships, Exchanges & Awards

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    GlycoNet and Mitacs are working together to provide industrial internship opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows within the Network.

    The Mitacs Accelerate program will match a $7,500 contribution from an industrial partner to provide internship funding valued at $15,000, paid to the supervisor for eligible research projects that meet Mitacs guidelines. Interns receive a stipend of at least $10,000, with the remaining funds supporting other research costs. Internship units are 4 months each, and interns may apply for more than one unit in a single application up to the maximum number specified by Mitacs (2, 6, and 6 units for M.Sc., Ph.D., and PDF interns, respectively). Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    To apply for an industrial internship through the Mitacs Accelerate program, or for more information, please contact GlycoNet’s Training Coordinator Ryan Snitynsky (snitynsk@ualberta.ca).

    Learn more about the Mitacs Accelerate program. International internships are also possible through the Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award.

  • The Research Exchange Program provides financial support for living and travel expenses to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and research associates within GlycoNet who are working on multi-investigator projects.
    Eligibility

    Individuals wishing to take part in the Research Exchange Program must be currently supervised by a GlycoNet Network Investigator. Trainees must finish the exchange before completion of their degree program or tenure. Both Canadian and international students are eligible. The exchange site must be an academic research institution or government lab inside or outside of Canada. A maximum of two applications from the same lab will be supported each year, and applications must align with one of GlycoNet’s research themes.

    Funding Available

    The Network will contribute up to $1000/month in living expenses (pro-rated for partial months), in addition to a travel allowance in accordance with the GlycoNet Travel Policy, for trainees working in another laboratory outside the city of their home institution. Each year, the Network will support approximately 10 exchanges of up to 6 months, with the stipend paid to the trainee’s primary supervisor as a research grant. Exchanges of one week or less will not be considered.

    Instructions
    The applicant must complete the application through the GlycoNet Forum. The application form can be found in the "My Awards" section and includes:
    • Applicant profile
    • Proposal detailing the exchange activities and benefits to the participants
    • Budget of estimated living and travel expenses
    • Signed letter of support from the applicant’s primary academic supervisor
    • Signed letter of invitation from the proposed host institution/department

    Application deadlines are January 15 (May - August start dates), May 15 (September - December start dates), and September 15 (January - April start dates) each year. Uploaded applications will be reviewed by the GlycoNet Training Committee, and applicants and their supervisors will be notified by email of the final decisions. Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report within one month of the completion of their exchange. IP will be managed according to the GlycoNet Intellectual Property policy.

  • The Summer Awards program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue summer research projects supervised by GlycoNet Network Investigators.
    Eligibility
    Student requirements:
    • Undergraduate student (Canadian or international) registered full time in an undergraduate science degree program at the time of application
    • May not hold higher degrees or be registered in an undergraduate professional program (MD, DDS, etc.)
    • May not hold an NSERC USRA concurrently with this award
    • Can hold a maximum of two Summer Awards during their undergraduate program
    Supervisor requirements:
    • GlycoNet Network Investigator (listed on glyconet.ca)

    Funding Available

    Each award is valued at $4,500 for 16 consecutive weeks of full time employment, with supervisors supplementing the award to a value of at least 25% from other sources (total of at least $5625/student/summer). Six awards will be available each year.

    Instructions
    The applicant must complete the application through the GlycoNet Forum. The application form is found in the "My Awards" section and is initiated by the student. Supervisors will be able to complete their sections once the applicant indicates their "Proposed Supervisor" on the application form. A complete application includes:
    • Applicant profile (completed by the student through the Forum)
    • Scanned copy of current official university transcripts (uploaded by the student as a PDF)
    • Project description (completed by the supervisor through the Forum)
    • Maximum 1-page signed letter of support from the applicant’s proposed supervisor, speaking to the student’s research potential and interest in the glycomics field (uploaded by the supervisor as a PDF)

    Deadline for application is February 1 each year. Uploaded applications will be reviewed by the GlycoNet Training Committee, and applicants and their supervisors will be notified by email of the final decisions. Selection will be based on the student’s academic record and research potential, the anticipated benefits of the project to the student, and alignment of the project with one of GlycoNet’s research themes. Successful applicants will be required to complete a final report within one month of the end of their award. IP will be managed according to the GlycoNet Intellectual Property policy.

  • Senior network HQP will have the opportunity to develop their leadership, grant writing, and management skills with the Advanced Training Opportunity Program (ATOP).
    Eligibility

    This program is open to post-doctoral fellows and senior graduate students supervised by a GlycoNet Network Investigator. Applications must align with one of GlycoNet's research themes.

    Funding Available

    This training award provides senior Network HQP with the opportunity to write a mini-NSERC Discovery grant, which, if funded, would allow them to hire an undergraduate or co-op student for 4 months with a small amount of operational funds. Applicants may request up to $8,000. Two projects will be funded each year.

    Instructions

    The applicant must complete the application through the GlycoNet Forum. The application is found in "My Awards" section, and will be awarded based on the scientific excellence of the researcher (senior trainee), merit of the proposal, and contributions to HQP development. Funds will be held by the applicant’s supervisor, who must be eligible to hold Tri-Council funds.

    The application deadline for this award is January 15 each year, with projects carried out in the period between April 1st and March 31st.