Summer Research Program

Funded Summer Research Opportunities in France for Students enrolled in an Ontario University  in Science, Engineering, and Health Sciences

The Ontario/Rhône-Alpes Student Exchange Program offers Summer Research Scholarships to Ontario graduate and undergraduate students in science, engineering, and health science disciplines. In order to receive a scholarship students must be Canadian Citizens or Canadian Residents. International students can participate in the program but will not be receiving an ORA scholarship.

 The scholarships (up to 10 in number) provide students the opportunity to spend 3 months in the summer at a university in Rhône-Alpes engaged in research projects relevant to their studies in Ontario.

 Using funds provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, the Ontario /Rhône-Alpes Student Exchange Program (ORA) will award each selected participant a partial scholarship (depending on length of stay). Nominating professors and nominated students are encouraged to seek further financial assistance at their own universities.

  • Students must be nominated by a professor at their home university who has academic contacts with the university researcher in their own discipline at a university in Rhône-Alpes.
  • In the absence of a prior connection between faculty members, the ORA Program will endeavour, but does not guarantee, to identify a suitable host professor at a university in Rhône-Alpes and initiate contact with him/her, but preference will be given to applicants who have identified a host professor.
  • Appropriate academic credit may be granted for this work at the discretion of the student’s home university.
  • Knowledge of French is not required for participation, so long as the receiving professor is aware of the level of the nominee’s language skills and agrees to host the student. Some knowledge of French would of course enhance the student’s experience.

 The International Office of the hosting university will do its best to help the Ontario researcher find accommodation in student residences, but such accommodation cannot be guaranteed. Applicants or their professors should enquire with the hosting professor/department about any other possibilities.

 Students may not participate more than once at a given level of their studies. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated previously.

 The following is the list of partner- universities in Rhône-Alpes.

  1. Lyon 1 (Claude Bernard)
  2. Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon)
  3. INSA (Lyon)
  4. Ecole Centrale Supérieure (Lyon)
  5. Université Grenoble Alpes (Université Jean Fourier)
  6. INP (Grenoble)
  7. Université de St. Etienne
  8. Université Savoie Mont Blanc

 Following their research stay, participants are required to submit a report to the ORA Program on their activities and experiences in Rhône-Alpes.

 Nomination Process:

Complete nominations should be submitted by the nominating professor to the International Exchange Office of his/her own University.

 The nomination should consist of one original and three photocopies of the following documents:

  • Completed application form (can be downloaded from the ORA website)



  • Letter of nomination from a professor in your home academic program outlining the relevance of your proposed project to your program of study, the reasons for nominating you, and if appropriate the kind of credit you are likely to receive for work done on the SRP
  • Letter (or print-out of an e-mail) from the mentor professor in Rhône-Alpes stating that she/he is willing to host you. This letter should indicate the precise duration of the research visit and the activities in which you will be engaged.
  • Description of your project.
  • Brief statement (maximum one page) outlining your reasons (academic and personal) for wishing to participate in the SRP.
  • Copies of academic transcripts of all postsecondary institutions you have attended since September 2010
  • You should submit your application through your home university’s International Office, which will rank-list all of its nominees and forward the packages to the Ontario Program Office. Please check the deadline for application to your University.

 The complete nominations, accompanied by a ranked list of each Ontario University’s candidates, should be forwarded by the nominee’s home university’s International Exchange Office, to the following address by January 15.

Ontario/Rhône-Alpes Summer Research Program

270K York Lanes
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M4J 1P3

Tel: 416 736 2100 x 40006
Fax:  416 736-5709

Email: apoleszczuk [at] ouinternational [dot] ca
           programs [at] ouinternational [dot] ca