Have you ever wanted to conduct research in an area of your interest while getting paid for it? Are you looking for a way to gain hands-on experience to add value to your resume or degree? If yes, then I-CUREUS may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS) offers students the opportunity to receive up to $2,250 for faculty-supervised research. Half is funded by the Discovery Centre and half by the faculty supervisor.

The internship runs throughout the academic year, from September until April. A student can sign up for one term or for both and complete up to 150 hours.

Due to the increasing popularity of the I-CUREUS program, there is a two student per faculty member maximum. And one student per project.

Please note there are limited spots available. It is not guaranteed that all who apply will be accepted.

*Note this opportunity is not available to contract instructors

Applications are done online. Please ensure student and faculty members read the I-CUREUS information below before submitting the application.

New for 2020-21 – FUSION

The Future Skills Innovation Network (FUSION) is a network of Canadian universities focused on exploring innovative and inclusive experiential learning approaches to foster skill development and prepare university students for the rapidly evolving society and job market. The project is part of the federally funded Future Skills Centre.

FUSION has developed a curriculum that consists of a 10-hour online integrated learning experience designed to enhance student skills in three areas critical to 21st-century success and leadership: meta-cognition, communication and problem-solving.

As one of the six member institutions in FUSION, Carleton will be launching this project in the fall term. If accepted into the I-CUREUS program for the fall 2020/winter 2021 academic year, it is mandatory to complete the FUSION skill-development curriculum. Students will receive $100 honorarium for their participation.

For more information, please visit Carleton’s FUSION website or contact fusion@carleton.ca.

Carleton University is continuing to closely follow the advice provided by Ottawa Public Health and other health agencies such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and Ontario Public Health. Ottawa Public Health has published new guidelines to maximize social distancing including recommendations to limit non-essential trips out of the home, work from home if possible, and to implement distancing at work. In response, Carleton has determined minimum staffing levels and is operating remotely where possible. This program is scheduled to run during the Summer Term, but it will run remotely in an effort to limit the number of people on campus as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. If you are selected for this program, you will (until further notice) complete work from home to fulfill the program requirements. For more information, visit Carleton’s COVID-19 website.

Application deadline: August 31, 2020

I-CUREUS Information

Please ensure you read and understand the information below prior to submitting an application. Please don’t hesitate to direct further questions to the Discovery Centre.

FAQs Eligibility
Purpose and Procedures Award Payment
Selection Criteria Application
Presenting your Research Testimonials

If you are a faculty member interested in supervising an I-CUREUS participant and you belong to an academic unit of the university, please visit I-CUREUS for Faculty.

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What do I gain from I-CUREUS?

  • Valuable exposure to research techniques
  • Connections with professor(s) who can act as academic mentors
  • Experience writing a research paper under faculty supervision

How can I get involved in I-CUREUS?

In order to get involved in I-CUREUS it’s recommend that you read the I-CUREUS Information outlined below. For ease of use, follow the links in the table above. After reading the information you will need to fill out the application.


The Discovery Centre has compiled list of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers


  • Be enrolled (part time or full time) in an undergraduate program in an Academic Unit of the university during the tenure of the internship.
  • Have a satisfactory (Good Standing) Academic Record (e.g. not have an Academic Warning on their record) throughout the tenure of the internship. Students in 1st to 4th year.
  • Not open to students completing their co-op term(s) during the academic year
  • Use their Carleton email account – all communications will be sent through this address.

Purpose and Procedures

The student’s role is to provide general assistance to the supervisor working on a specific project. Standards of work should be set, outlining the responsibilities of the professor and the student. It will be expected that students share their I-CUREUS experience with other undergraduates through social media, Carleton websites and/or the Discovery Centre. Professors and their selected students apply jointly for the I-CUREUS program, using the official form. These applications are to be submitted online. The students’ work term will last a minimum of 8 weeks starting over the Fall or Winter semester. Students work will not exceed 150 hours at $15 per hour. Work must finish by the end of the Winter term.

Award Payment

Administration of the award payment will be done by the academic department of the supervising professor. The schedule of payment may vary depending on the department and work schedule.

Selection Criteria and Distribution

Proposals will be assessed on: appropriateness of the proposed research work, the level of supervision and mentorship, potential output, such as research papers, and anticipated learning outcomes from the experience. I-CUREUS Awards will be made in a timely manner and consequently on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Please note, only one I-CUREUS per academic year will be awarded to students who apply.

Participant Requirements

  • A final payment transfer of $150 will be withheld until the Discovery Centre receives a testimonial of the research activity completed (text, pictures or video report.)
  • I-CUREUS participants are required to present their research at an undergraduate research fair in the Winter term of the current academic year (at the end of March).
  • In order for the Discovery Centre to share your I-CUREUS experience with others and to advertise the program more widely, you will be asked to complete a Consent to Publish form. The details that we make public can be discussed.


*Please note there are a few changes from previous years associated with the application:

  • Only digital applications will be accepted. No email or printed applications are permitted unless discussed with Discovery Centre Administrator.
  • Due to the increasing popularity of the I-CUREUS program, there is a two student per faculty member maximum.

Please use this form to submit your application. We will contact you in late summer for Fall/Winter applications.

Presenting your research

The internship is not completed until it has been presented. The 2015-16 year marked the first I-CUREUS research fair, which brought research interns and faculty members, as well as members of the wider Carleton community, together to learn of the various types of research taking place across campus.

If a student is unable to present, they will complete an end-of-year report of their work.

Testimonials of past participants are available for review.

For further questions you may contact the Discovery Centre (discovery.support@carleton.ca)