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 a monthly stipend of $2,250. 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 2018)

●    A confidential letter of reference from a faculty member

●    A letter which includes your preferred areas of research, any relevant skills such as computer programming and previous employment experience (or a CV); OR If you will be applying through the SURP program, please also provide a written statement of less than 500 words explaining why you want to participate in the 2019 SURP, what your interests are, and what your academic and career aspirations are.

The SURP program is a joint CITA/DAA/Dunlap summer program. Please apply online at the SURP website listed below.

Online application:

List of research projects:

If you are interested in working at CITA and do not want to apply through the SURP program, please send in your application or email it to office@cita.utoronto

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


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).

Research Opportunity Program (ROP)

University of Toronto students are also encouraged to apply to the Research Opportunity Program (ROP). Earn a credit while you do research.

Program Information:
Project Descriptions:

For further inquiries:

We are no longer accepting summer applications. Please check back in January 2020.