Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre

Global Ph.D. Exchange Program

Our successful CFREF application has made available a pool of funds for CPARC graduate students to spend part of their terms at partner universities around the globe. This program will enhance collaboration between the Canadian particle astrophysics research community and its international partners.

This proposed exchange program would be an exchange lasting 3 to 6 months between a Canadian institute (a CPARC partner) and an international institute rather than a "cotutelle" or jointly-supervised dual doctoral program. The Canadian student would spend the exchange term at the international institute, and vice versa. The main focus of this exchange will be research. There will thus be emphasis on time spent working on experiments (e.g. at SNOLAB in Canada). There may also be possibilities for students to take courses at their host institute with the hope that these may be eligible for a course credit transfer to their home institute.

The format we will likely be taking is to compile a list of interested institutions (both from international institutions and CPARC partners in Canada) that have researchers or research teams that would like to partake in the exchange. These will be listed online where students and their supervisors from the institutes will be able to find an appropriate exchange partner and contact them directly. This paired team will need to prepare an application that will be submitted to a committee that will select a number of winning exchanges (we hope to work our way up to 8 exchanges per year). Students and supervisors may also find exchange partners not listed in our database as long as their applicants can prove the value of the exchange and link of the research project to CPARC’s scientific mission.

The winning exchanges will received funding from CPARC to pay for living and travel expenses during their stay abroad. Institution-specific details (such as whether or not tuition must be paid, etc.) will be spelled out in formal signed agreements built off a CPARC template created for the program.

Opportunities will be described in more detail soon, keep an eye on this space. If you would like more information on this program, we encourage you to contact our Scientific Director, Dr. Tony Noble.