As part of the Carleton University Research Opportunity Program (CUROP), the Faculty of Public Affairs is hosting summer undergraduate research internships. This is a student-led initiative. In collaboration with a faculty member, each student participant will design their own research project and complete it over the summer.

Students will receive a stipend of $7500 (this sum includes 4% vacation pay and statutory holidays) over the course of the summer. The expectation is that the research project undertaken will constitute a full-time, or near full-time, opportunity during the 2021 summer terms.

Student participants will each submit a 2-page abstract of their completed research by September 17, 2021.


To be eligible students must have an overall GPA of 9.0 and have completed at least 2nd year of their undergraduate program and be taking a Major in the Faculty of Public Affairs. If students have two Majors, one of the two must be in the Faculty of Public Affairs. Students are only eligible for CUROP funding in one Faculty and cannot hold separate CUROP funded positions in different faculties.

Students who are graduating in June 2022 are eligible for this program.

Students who have been awarded a previous CUROP are not eligible.


The period for sending applications is now open. Detailed applications will be due by February 28th, 2022 at 23:59.

Applications must include:

  • A one-page single-spaced research project description that clearly identifies the project briefly sketches out a methodology (how will you do it), and what is the expected output. You should also outline what skills you anticipate developing and what you expect to learn by doing this project.
  • Your resume.
  • Your transcript (unofficial is accepted).
  • These documents should be combined in one file (Word or PDF) and sent to Christine Barkley (Christine.Barkley@carleton.ca)

The faculty member supervisor should email a letter of support directly to Christine Barkley in advance of the deadline.

Here is an example of an award-winning CUROP application statement from the 2019 competition.

We are posting it here with the permission of the author. Please note that this year we are asking applicants to make sure that their statements also address the skills and experiences that students hope to gain and/or sharpen by pursuing the CUROP.

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