Summer Research Program

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 students in science, engineering and health sciences 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 accommodation. However, they may seek the advice and assistance of the International Office and of the host professor / lab director at the host university. 
  • Students may not participate more than once at a given level of their studies (undergraduate, master's, doctoral). Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously participated.

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

1. Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

2. École Centrale de Lyon

3. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

4. Université Grenoble Alpes

5. Grenoble INP

6. INSA de Lyon

7. Université Jean Monnet

8. Université de Savoie Mont Blanc

Nomination process

Complete applications should be submitted to the International Office of the student's home university.

 The nomination should consist of the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • 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 as part of 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.
  • A personal 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.
  • You must 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.