2022 Canadian Space Health Undergraduate Research Award
The Canadian Space Health Undergraduate Research Award provides financial support for a research experience in the field of space health, addressing one or more health conditions identified as problematic for astronauts during spaceflight. Undergraduate students will work full-time on a research project for 12 consecutive weeks (allocated between May 1 and August 31) with the supervision of a faculty member in an academic laboratory. The Canadian Space Health Research Network strongly encourages applications from members of any underrepresented groups (disclosable in the application form). For this summer application announcement, the Canadian Space Health Research Network is awarding two applicants.
Applications (and reference letters) are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on March 20, 2022. Awardees (only) will be notified of the awards on April 1, 2022, and will be required to accept or decline the awards by April 15, 2022.
For each award, the Canadian Space Health Research Network is providing a total of $3,000 over the 12-week research period. Supervisors are required to match this contribution, bringing the students’ total stipend to $6,000.
Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at a Canadian university, or be a recent graduate from an undergraduate program (any discipline). Students are not eligible if they have already started a graduate program; however, if students have been accepted in a graduate program, they will be eligible for this award if they will not start their graduate training before September 2022.
Throughout the duration of the award, students must not have other commitments such as other internships or heavy (more than two) course load; also, students must not hold other summer scholarships/award during the same period.
Students must have obtained a minimum cumulative B average in the last two years of study (unofficial transcripts are required).
Students must identify an eligible supervisor (an academic faculty member working in an accredited Canadian university) providing the matching contribution to the stipend (as confirmed in the reference letter provided by the supervisor).
The research project must address a health-related issue relevant to space health research.
The project must be conducted at an accredited Canadian university within Canada. If the research is not performed in the applicant’s city, the student must cover the expenses of travel and accommodations during their 12-week project.
The project may be performed remotely if working in the laboratory is not an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both applicant and potential supervisor must be members of the Canadian Space Health Research Network or have requested membership by the time the application is submitted.
Application process and requirements
Applicants are required to provide a complete application form (click here to download the application form – to be renamed with student’s last name), unofficial transcripts (confirming the minimum cumulative B average in the last two years of study), and their most updated resume. All material must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on March 20, 2022.
In addition, applicants are required to arrange for two reference letters, which will be emailed directly by the referees to email@example.com. One letter must be provided by the proposed supervisor who, in addition to commenting on the student’s skills and experience, will confirm the matching contribution of $3,000 to the student’s stipend and the source of it; also, the proposed supervisor will provide information on the feasibility of the project to be performed remotely in the event of further restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A second letter must be provided by a faculty member (or employer) who can comment on academics, work qualifications, and/or personal qualities and soft skills of the applicant.
Applications will be evaluated on (a) applicant’s academic record, and (b) quality and significance of the research proposal.
Students receiving the award will be required to submit (by September 20, 2022) a one-page summary describing the project’s findings and their potential scientific impact.
Deadline October 7, 2022
"The intent of this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is to provide financial support to researchers in Canadian Universities, post-secondary institutions, and not for profit organizations to conduct science investigations that will lead to a better understanding of human spaceflight risks while contributing to improve remote medicine and health benefits here on Earth. The focus of research to be funded in this AO will be on human-subject space analogue studies that reproduce the health and performance factors of space environments such as variable gravity, isolation, and confinement. Well-designed ground studies are valuable for improving the understanding of the risks of spaceflight or for initial validation of new countermeasures. The studies targeted in this AO must be precursors of Canadian investigations on the ISS."
All the details to submit an application and information on eligibility are available on the CSA Announcement of Opportunity webpage.