2024 Summer Internship Grants

2024 Summer Internship Grants

Visit our recruitment page from September 2024 (deadline December 2024) for summer 2025 internships!

Trottier Research Fellowship and Sureau Science Communication Fellowship 2024 Competitions for iREx Summer Students

The summer internships last 4 months (May to August). They are a unique opportunity for students at the undergraduate level to join iREx’s dynamic team and to get involved in cutting-edge research in astrophysics or work in science communication. Interns will be able to actively participate in breakthrough scientific and outreach programs linked to exoplanets and related topics.

To learn more about our summer internship program, please visit our dedicated page. You can also learn more about our former interns, their projects, and their experience with us, take a look at the stories of students who joined us in 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. You can also see 2023 Interns Interview video series, featuring the 2023 cohort.


Trottier Research Grants

The Trottier Research Excellence Grants are offered each year to five or six outstanding candidates to conduct scientific research with our members.

Projects are offered in various themes related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, working with data obtained from various space (K2TESSJWST) and ground-based (OMMCFHTGemini, La Silla) observatories using different techniques (velocimetry, transit, eclipse and transit spectroscopy, direct imaging). Projects will also be available on other astrophysical topics related to exoplanet science, such as the search for low-mass companions and isolated objects, the identification of young stars that are plausible exoplanet hosts, or the study of stellar activity that can hinder the detection of exoplanets. Finally, other projects will allow students to work on the development of instruments for various observatories and on the conception of future space missions for astronomy. More details on the scientific programs of iREx are available on the Institute’s website. 

This award is named in honor of the Trottier Family Foundation, which supports this summer internship program as well as a large portion of the research and education activities of our Institute.

Location: The internship will take place in Montreal, at the Université de Montréal (Professors Björn BennekeRené DoyonDavid Lafrenière), at UdeM and Planétarium de Montréal (Adjunct Professor Jonathan Gagné) or at McGill University (Professors Andrew Cumming and Eve Lee); or in Sherbrooke, at Bishop’s University (Professor Jason Rowe).

Selected interns will have the possibility to participate in one or more observing programs at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic during the summer, condition permitting. Also, one intern may be offered the possibility to work at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope over the course of a few weeks, on the Big Island of Hawai’i in the United States, alsoconditions permitting.

Grant Amount: This scholarship can be combined with an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA):

  • NSERC scholarship holders receive $10 000 ($4000 from iREx and $6000 from NSERC).
  • Non-NSERC scholarship holders receive a minimum total amount of $9000 ($6000 from iREx and at least $3000 from their supervisor).

Eligibility requirements: To be eligible, applicants must be registered in a Canadian university in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in physics, astronomy or a related field.


Sureau Science Communication Grant

The Institute has a vibrant education and public outreach (EPO) program with a number of initiatives led by professional science communicators with the support of iREx researchers.We believe in training the next generation of scientists not only to be better researchers, but also better communicators.

Since 2022, the Sureau Science Communication Grant has thus been awarded annually to an outstanding candidate to work on projects related to science communication.

Our education and outreach program includes public talks and events, as well as visits to schools, camps, libraries, and astronomy clubs. We leverage a number of communication channels: podcasts, live broadcasts, educational videos, blogs, social media, traditional media, etc. Our website (“Public Outreach” tab) and our YouTube channel features a number of our projects, and we are always looking to expand our reach and explore new formats!  Our Sureau intern may gain skills in communications, public speaking, event organising, social media management, scientific writing, and much more.

This fellowship is named in honor of Philippe Sureau, who sponsors this grant and whose generous donations and guidance have helped shape the iREx communications strategy.

Location: The internship takes place at the Université de Montréal with the iREx communications team, under the supervision of Nathalie Ouellette. The intern can generally participate in one or more observation missions at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic during the summer.

Grant Amount: The selected candidate receives a $9000 scholarship.

Eligibility requirements: To be eligible, applicants must be registered at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a degree program in physics, astronomy or a related field, but we also welcome applications from students in journalism, communications, education or a related field. Candidates with a good mastery of French and English are favored, but we also accept unilingual anglophone or francophone candidates.


To apply

Poster to download (JPG, PDF)

To apply for a Trottier Grant, a Sureau Grant, or both, fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/WECaoe8KucnJW6En9.

You can attach your application document. This document must include, in a single PDF file :

  1. (If applicable) a statement of interest for the Trottier Research Fellowship (1 page max), explaining why you are a good candidate for the fellowship, your motivation for obtaining this internship and, if applicable, your preferences for a given supervisor or iREx research themes. Also justify your interest in going in Hawai’i, if applicable.
  2. (If applicable) a statement of interest for the Sureau Science Communication Fellowshipn (1 page max), explaining why you are a good candidate for the fellowship and your motivation to obtain this internship.
  3. curriculum vitae (3 pages max)
  4. an academic transcript. If you have not yet been evaluated at a university, please include both your University transcript AND a Cegep/High School transcript on which you R Score or your High School K12 average appear.


Deadline: December 20, 2023

Successful applicants will be notified in January/February 2024.

Contact Marie-Eve Naud at irex-applications@umontreal.ca if you have any questions.

Note on the sanitary situation : Should the public health situation ever require it, the 2023 summer internshipsmay be offered in a remote setting, an in person setting, or a combination of both. The iREx is committed to respecting health measures imposed by government agencies and will endeavour to take into account the situation of our selected candidates.


About the iREx

The iREx consists of a growing team of about 60 people working on a variety of observational, theoretical and instrumental projects related to the study of exoplanets and other related fields of astrophysics. They work within several research institutions located in Quebec, Canada (Université de Montréal, McGill University, Bishop’s University, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium of Space for Life, Université Laval). Our professors, researchers, and students are actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, notably the James Webb Space Telescope, the SPIRou and NIRPS spectrographs, and have privileged access to time and data from these instruments.

The iREx has also a vibrant science education and outreach program led by astrophysicists who are seasoned science communicators. We believe in the importance of training scientists who have exceptional scientific research skills, but also outstanding communication skills. All of our members are involved in bringing science to a wide audience in a variety of ways.

The iREx advocates for diversity, inclusion and employment equity. We strongly encourage applications from women, visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply. With the support of our EDI committee, we are committed to the professional integration of people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the physics research community.

If you have any questions about the iREx, the Trottier Excellence Grants or the Sureau Grant, please contact Marie-Eve Naud, marie-eve.naud@umontreal.ca.