2017 IRIC Next Generation Awards


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The 2017 IRIC Next Generation Awards program offers students an unique opportunity to receive an undergraduate research award and to conduct an internship at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal during Summer 2017.

Competition starting date

October 21, 2016.

Application deadline

February 3rd, 2017; 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

The contest is now closed. Thank you for your participation!

Internship length

12 to 16 weeks (35 hours / week)

The internship start and end dates will be decided between the awardees and their supervisor.

Value of awards

$4,250 for a 12-week internship

$5,670 for a 16-week internship

Awards are valid for summer 2017 and cannot be cumulated with other awards.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the 2017 IRIC Next Generation Awards, students must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in cancer research and in pursuing graduate studies in the field of biomedical research;
  • Be enrolled full-time at the deadline application date in an undergraduate program in a field related to life sciences or biomedical research;
  • Have completed at least one year of an undergraduate program in a field related to life sciences or biomedical research when the internship starts (May-June);
  • Have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.3 (70 %, B, or the equivalent);
  • Never have received an IRIC Next Generation Award.

Research projects

Many innovative research projects exploring different aspects of cancer are offered:

  • Cell division
  • Cell signaling
  • Gene expression
  • Stem cells and leukemia
  • Immunotherapy
  • Drug discovery
  • Development of diagnostic tools
  • Cell modeling

Click here to view the complete list of projects available for Summer 2017. Please take note that there are 27 projects on this list (Updated Jan. 25th, 2017)

You must select three projects within this list and indicate your selection, in order of preference, in the space provided on the application form. You must also describe the reasons behind your selection of projects in the letter of intent included in your application package.

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of IRIC principal investigators. The same committee will allocate projects based on the final ranking of awardees.

Application guidelines

To be considered complete, an application package must contain the following documents:

  • The application form, duly completed (Click here to download the form);
  • A letter of intent describing 1) your academic background and past research experiences, 2) your interest for cancer research and for pursuing graduate studies, 3) your academic and career goals, 4) how will this internship benefit you on a personal, academic and professional level, 5) the names of the principal investigators offering the three internship projects that you have selected and the reasons behind this selection;
  • A transcript of your complete university-level academic record to date (scanned documents accepted);
  • Your resume;
  • Optional document: A letter of recommendation from a professor or other who can attest to the quality and strength of your academic achievement including, if applicable, any research experience you may have. This letter must be emailed to us directly by your referee at bourses@iric.ca.

You should send the application form in the MS-Word format. All the additional documents have to be assembled in one PDF file. Please name your 2 documents as follow: LastName_FirstName and send them to bourses@iric.ca.


Evaluation of applications

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of IRIC principal investigators.

The evaluation will based on the following criteria:

  • Interest for cancer research;
  • Desire to pursue graduate studies in a discipline related to biomedical research;
  • Quality of the letter of intent;
  • Quality of the academic record.

Knowledge of French will not be taken into account when evaluating applications.

Results will be communicated in March 2017.

Transportation and accommodations

The IRIC Next Generation Internship Awards program does not cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred by students during their internship at the IRIC. However, the Université de Montréal Residences offer safe and affordable housing for summer students. For more information, visit www.residences-etu.ca.


For more information

IRIC – Université de Montréal
Office of Academic Affairs
P.O. Box 6128, Downtown Station
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada

Email: bourses@iric.ca
Phone: 1 (514) 343-5797

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