How to Apply

Early preparation for scholarship applications is encouraged. Note, however, that applicants should wait to begin until the scholarship application period begins. Eligibility requirements and required application documents may change each year.

The instructions below are ONLY for students who wish to conduct research. If you instead wish to register in courses as part of a study exchange then you'll need to follow the instructions for students interested in a course-based exchange. Please note that we are unable to accept applications for students wishing to both conduct research and take courses; you must choose one or the other.

Candidates wishing to conduct research at UAlberta

Step 1 - Are you eligible?:

Please review all Eligibility criteria and Important Dates before proceeding.

Step 2 - Find a host professor/supervisor:

If all Eligibility criteria is met, the research internship candidate must find a willing UAlberta host supervisor and work with the host supervisor to determine a mutually agreed upon research project and duration based on the scholarship that is being applied for.

Find our professor listings by faculty and research area on the different University of Alberta faculty websites. You can also search for Professors, Associate Professors, or Assistant Professors using this Department Listing. Then you can make connections by emailing professors you would potentially like to work with, as their contact information is on the website. When emailing them, please be sure to include:

  • your full name and contact information
  • your home University and home country
  • whether you are currently an undergraduate (bachelor) or graduate (master or doctoral) student
  • which year of your degree program you are in
  • the full name of the program you would be applying for
  • who would pay for the funding of the research internship
  • how long of a stay you wish to do research for (ex. 4 months, 5-6 months, 8 months)
  • your ideal start date (must finish no later than February 1 each year)
  • documents such as your CV/resume, university academic transcripts, and/or cover letter
  • a link to the information for host supervisors

Please start this search early and allow up to 10 business days for a reply before following up, as professors receive many requests.

It is a good idea to start by reaching out to one to three potential host professors in your field. Please respect if someone tells you that the timing does not work for them, or that your research strengths are not a good fit for their project. These scholarships are open to universities across Canada and there may be a more suitable fit for you at another institution.

Step 3 - Submit your application:

Once the research internship candidate has found a potential host supervisor, the candidate will work together with their home institution (not the University of Alberta) and UAlberta host supervisor to gather the required supporting documents. 

The applicant may then proceed with submitting these documents, along with some additional information, to the University of Alberta International by completing this electronic application form.

The supporting documents vary slightly between whether the applicant is an undergraduate (Bachelor) or graduate (Master’s or PhD) student, as well as depending on the funding program, so please read and follow all instructions carefully.

Important Information about Supporting Documents

Supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB in order for the application to upload successfully.

It is important to confirm what documents are required for the particular scholarship you are applying for. The information is listed at the bottom of the Application tab on each specific scholarship web page. The University of Alberta will not submit incomplete applications to CBIE.


For Proof of Citizenship, ONLY a copy of the candidate's passport or national identity card with valid dates and photo will be accepted.

The Letter of Support from the Home Institution is from the applicant’s university, NOT the University of Alberta. This letter cannot be a generic support letter. It must be from the candidate's instructor, professor or international director on the institution's official letterhead explaining the nature of study or research to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (maximum one page).

If a Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement exists between our institutions, we will attach this on your behalf. You do not need to send us a copy, that is why there is no space to attach one in the electronic application form. For undergraduate applications for a research-based experience, a written institutional collaboration and student exchange agreement or memorandum of understanding between the Canadian institution and the candidate's home institution is desirable but not mandatory. Instead of an agreement, you will be required to provide a Letter of Invitation from the University of Alberta professor who has agreed to supervise you. For graduate applications, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory. If there is no existing exchange agreement, graduate applications which involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian institution and the candidate's home institution will be accepted.

Step 4 - The University of Alberta International reviews your application:

University of Alberta International (UAI) will review all applications received via the electronic application form by the institution-set internal deadline for eligibility and completeness. 

You will receive a copy of your application form responses automatically upon submission. Please check your spam or junk mail folders if you do not receive this.

As necessary, the University of Alberta International (UAI) will attach a signed copy of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or other agreement between the University of Alberta and the partner institution as part of submitting applications through Momentum, the online scholarships application system.

If your application is incomplete or ineligible, we will follow up with you between the institution-set internal deadline and the final submission deadline. If you are not able to provide the appropriate information within two business days or before the final submission deadline, we will not submit your application. Please check the email account that you provided to us in the application form frequently for any messages, and check your spam or junk mail folders to be sure.

Step 5 - The University of Alberta International submits applications:

The University of Alberta International (UAI) is responsible for submitting complete and eligible applications to the Government of Canada on behalf of the candidate and host supervisor by the relevant deadline. Late submissions or incomplete applications will not be submitted.

Step 6 - The University of Alberta International communicates results:

University of Alberta International (UAI) will notify all candidates and host supervisors of the results via email once they are shared by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), typically 3 months or so after the submission deadline has passed.

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