Posted: January 31, 2022
  • This program is currently closed.



Type of Program:



The Connect Canada Internships match graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with private-sector host companies (industry partner) for research internships. The interns work on research projects jointly developed by their academic supervisor and the industry partner. Internships are four-to-six month placements, with at least 50 per cent of the intern’s time spent at the industry partner’s facilities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is $5,000.
The value of the total internship stipend is $10,000, funded equally between the industry partner and Connect Canada. Connect Canada funding is stackable, allowing industry partners and academic researchers to leverage other sources of funding.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline

Eligibility criteria for interns:

  • Interns must be full-time graduate students enrolled in, or postdoctoral fellows working in, a Canadian participating institution in any area of research, including natural science, engineering, economy, social science, health, environment and ethics, provided that their skills are sought by the participating firm to support its innovation process.
  • Interns need not be Canadian citizens, foreign students and permanent residents are eligible.
  • A maximum of two Networks of Centers of Excellence's Industrial R&D Internships are allowed for any individual over the course of their entire academic and post academic career.

Eligible participating institutions:

  • Canadian universities with a mandate for research and their affiliated institutions, including hospitals and research institutes, that are eligible to receive funds from any of the federal granting agencies, and who enroll or otherwise give academic status to eligible interns.

Eligible industry partners:

  • Canadian companies engaged in advanced R&D, regardless of the sector or location across the country.

Applications Steps:

Internships can begin in two ways: 


Industry Driven: Companies with specific R&D issues can create an internship opportunity by identifying the type of research to be undertaken and the particular skill sets and/or academic background required by the intern.


Professor or Graduate-Student Driven: A graduate student or post-doctoral fellow can submit a research proposal identifying a potential or specific industry partner.

Documentation Needed:

Interns must:

  • Develop a research plan in partnership with an academic supervisor and a supervisor from the partner organization
  • Complete the Final Internship Experience Form.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    The program on McGill University's website (2013 Guideline) and on Simon Fraser University's website with a deadline for application on October 1, 2019. 
  2. 2
    No information about the program on the University of Windsor's webpage and AUTO21 appears on LinkedIn as closed (Connect Canada is managed by AUTO21 Inc. and the University of Windsor).

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


You may also like

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D
Success message!
Warning message!
Error message!