CITA Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Toronto is a unique experience for undergraduate students in astronomy, physics, or engineering to prepare for a career in scientific research.

The 16-week program, which runs annually from early May through mid-August, aims to provide research opportunities with astronomers from the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), the Dunlap Institute, and the David A Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DADDAA) for talented undergraduate students.

Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate and foster ongoing connections with U of T astronomers
  • Professional Development webinars
  • Improve writing and communication skills
  • Learn about research going on at U of T through a weekly Astro 101 Seminar Series
  • Participate in U of T public outreach activities
  • Get to know your colleagues and members of the department through social events

For summer 2021, SURP will begin on Monday, May 3 and run through Friday, August 20, and be held remotely due to COVID-19. The program will have all components listed above, and specific details will be provided at the start of the program.

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

For application instructions and a 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).

For further inquiries:

We are no longer accepting summer applications. Please check back in January 2022.