Internships, Exchanges & Awards

As of March 1, 2018, Technology Workshops and Regional Meetings will no longer be offered as awards. Please contact Ryan Snitynsky to discuss potential workshop and meeting ideas.

Programs, Awards, and Seminars Opportunities

GlycoNet Canadian Science Policy Conference Competition

The ways in which society benefits from science, technology, and innovation are determined through effective policy. Ever wondered how such policies are developed? Are you interested in learning more about careers in science policy, or networking with like-minded trainees from across Canada? Then consider applying for the GlycoNet CSPC Competition.

GlycoNet will sponsor two graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows to travel to the Canadian Science Policy Conference in November in Ottawa, ON. For more information about the conference and this year’s conference dates, please visit the conference website:

  • This competition is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supervised by GlycoNet Network investigators. Applicants do not need to currently be working on a GlycoNet-funded project.
  • Applicants will submit an application through the GlycoNet Forum by the deadline specified below. The application form will become available by August 1, 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Training Committee, and applicants notified of their application status no later than mid-October.
  • Funding will support the travel, accommodation, and registration fee for the conference-only option for two GlycoNet trainees. These reservations will be made by the GlycoNet administrative office directly. Meals outside of those supplied by the conference are not included. The gala dinner is not included.
  • Award recipients must write and submit a blog article to the GlycoNet Communications Associate no later than December 15. In the article, award recipients will reflect on their conference experience and what they learned as well as discuss what they found impactful about the conference and how it may influence their studies and career goals. These submissions will be shared publicly through the GlycoNet CuriOSEity blog. Articles must adhere to the blog quality standards requested by the Communications Associate.
Award Application Deadline:  September 16th 11:59 PM PT
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.


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 reimburse travel and accommodation expenses in accordance with the GlycoNet Travel Policy, for trainees working in another laboratory outside the city of their home institution. The Network will support exchanges of up to 6 months, with the award paid as a reimbursement to the award holder. Exchanges of one week or less will not be considered. 


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 16 (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.


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:

Funding Available 

Each award is valued at $5,500 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 $6875/student/summer). Ten awards will be available each year. 


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).


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. 


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.

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 ( 

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

The GlycoNet Departmental Seminar Series will assist in the dissemination of Network knowledge to the broader scientific community, as well as raise the profile and visibility of GlycoNet researchers and provide excellent opportunities for networking and collaborative discussions.


Funding will support the travel and accommodation costs associated with GlycoNet Network Investigators travelling as invited speakers to other GlycoNet institutions within Canada. Presentations will be advertised as joint GlycoNet–Departmental seminars, with recognition of GlycoNet and the NCE program as funding sources. Seminars funded through this program will be limited to one speaker/department/year. University members interested in hosting a GlycoNet speaker will complete an application form through the “My Proposals” section of the GlycoNet Forum, which will be reviewed by the Training Committee twice annually. Applications should come from the host institution, not that of the proposed seminar speaker. 

Applicants may request up to $1,500/speaker. Application deadlines are November 1 and March 1 each year.

The Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success (SMRTS) Seminars Program is a professional development initiative

The SMRTS Program, between national and provincial networks, aims at providind the best possible training to our respective trainees. Each month, we will offer our trainees access to a wide range of soft skills programming through a live-streamed webinar or event. 
See the schedule at: 

Other Webinars:
Patents: Maximizing the Value of your Intellectual Property

Presented by Dr. David Barrans (Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP) 
August 26, 2015 

GlycoNet Forum Demonstration

Presented by Dr. Eleni Stroulia (University of Alberta) 
September 24, 2015
Slides available here 

ABO Antigens – The Intersection Between Transplantation and Glycomics

Presented by Dr. Todd Lowary (Scientific Director, GlycoNet) and Dr. Lori West (Director, Canadian National Transplant Research Program)
September 11, 2015

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