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New Graduate Student Exchange Program

Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) launches an exchange program providing opportunities for graduate students to conduct research in new locations under the supervision of P2P members. The program will provide travel funding of up to $2,500 to four students, who will also eligible to additional funding through the Mitacs Accelerate program. Applications should be submitted by email to Michael Haan ([email protected]). The dead line to apply is March 27, with placements to begin in the Summer or Fall of 2015.

A wide variety of exchange options exist, but could include:

1) Collecting or analyzing data at another university for research that you already have underway.

2) Participating in new research at a host university.

3) Conducting research in a settlement agency or at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

In addition to the research component, it may be possible to take graduate courses at the host university (for which you may be able to receive credit at your home institution).


The following researchers have already agreed to take on students, but you are free to set up a placement with other P2P collaborators and partners, if they agree. A full list of partners and collaborators can be found here. Please discuss your proposal with potential supervisors prior to submission. Ensure that there is a clear agreement about the duration and responsibilities associated with the exchange, and that you have answered the questions listed in the evaluation criteria below.

  • Caroline Andrew, University of Ottawa
  • Michael Haan or Victoria Esses Western University
  • Carlos Teixeira, University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus)
  • Julie Drolet, University of Calgary (Edmonton campus)
  • Yoko Yoshida, Dalhousie University
  • Danielle Gaucher, The University of Winnipeg
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Research and Evaluation Branch)


Applications must contain the following:

1) A cover letter indicating why you are interested in this program, and how it would help advance your research and studies

2) A letter (which should be emailed directly to Michael Haan) from the potential supervi-sor indicating a willingness to host you, and the facilities that they will make available to you

3) A Curriculum Vita

4) A draft budget

5) A project description and timeline


The evaluation committee will consider the following three criteria, each counting for a third of the evaluation:

1)      Aim and importance of the proposed research

2)      Feasibility

  • Is it possible to conduct the proposed research?
  • What is the probability that the research will be completed on time?

3)      Capability of student and research team

  • Does the student appear to have the necessary skills and resources to conduct the proposed research?
  • How will the supervisor help?


To know more, or to discuss the program, please contact Michael Haan ([email protected]).