CITA Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduates who are interested in working on a research project in theoretical astrophysics during the summer are encouraged to apply for these awards.  Research areas may include cosmology, galaxy formation, star formation, cosmic structure, stellar dynamics, nucloesynthesis,  stellar structure and evolution, high energy astrophysics and celestial mechanics.

Award recipients must work for 16 consecutive weeks during the summer beginning the first week of May, with stipends ranging from $1,900-$2,100 per month depending on a student’s year of study. The program makes no provision for sick leave or other absences.

Application Instructions

All applications must include the following documents:

●    Most recent and official transcript (including Fall 2016)

●    A letter which includes your preferred areas of research, any relevant skills such as computer programming  and previous employment experience (or a CV)

●    A confidential letter of reference from a faculty member

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
Undergraduate Summer Selection Committee
McLennan Labs, University of Toronto
60 St. George Street, Room 1403
Toronto, ON M5S 3H8

You may also apply online at

List of research projects:


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

All applicants will automatically be considered for the NSERC undergraduate student research award. To be eligible to participate, applicants must have completed two or more academic semesters with a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-“, if applicable) as defined by the university. The program is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, registered at the time of application in a full-time bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or engineering at an eligible university.

Candidates selected for the NSERC undergraduate student research award must also complete:

The on-line NSERC FORM 202 Part 1 (select “PDF Forms and Instructions” then in the “For Students and Fellows” drop-down menu, pick FORM 202 Part 1).


For further inquiries:  416-978-6879
We are no longer accepting summer applications. Please check back in January 2018.