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 in the amount of $1 500 to Ontario graduate and undergraduate students in science, engineering and health sciences disciplines. In order to receive a scholarship, students must be Canadian Citizens or Canadian Residents. International students can participate in the program, but are not eligible to receive an ORA scholarship.

 The scholarships 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.

  •  Students must be nominated by a professor at their home university.
  • Students are responsible for finding a host professor or a lab director in a partner university in France who will accept them as research assistants and will pay them a stipend for their work.

  • 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, as 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.

  • Students are responsible for finding their own accommodations. However, they may seek the advice and assistance of the International Office and of the professor / lab director of the host university.  
  •  Students may not participate more than once at a given level of their studies. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously participated.

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

  1. Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
  2. École Normale Supérieure (Lyon)
  3. INSA (Lyon)
  4. École Centrale Supérieure (Lyon)
  5. Université Grenoble Alpes
  6. Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP)
  7. Université Jean Monnet (Saint-Étienne)
  8. Université Savoie Mont Blanc (Chambéry)

Nomination process

Complete applications should be submitted to the International Office of the student's home 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 applicable, 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 program, the activities in which you will be engaged and the stipend that you will be paid.
  • 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 2016
  • You should submit your application to your home university’s International Office, which will rank-list all of its nominees and forward the packages to the Ontario Rhône-Alpes Office. Please check the internal deadline established by your university.

 The completed applications of the candidates should be forwarded by the International Office of the students' home university to the following address by January 31:

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

Contact: rfurgiuele [at] ouinternational [dot] ca (Rosanna Furgiuele)
              apoleszczuk [at] ouinternational [dot] ca (Agnes Poleszczuk)