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 for a research project that they wish to work on during the summer in collaboration with a faculty member.

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 summer term.

Students will submit a 2-page abstract of their research by September 17, 2020.

Learn about the 2019 student projects and view their presentations.

Read our story about a 2018 Summer project


To be eligible students must have a 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 them must be in the Faculty of Public Affairs. Students are only eligible for CUROP funding in one Faculty and cannot hold two CUROP funded positions in different faculties.

Students who are graduating in June 2020 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, 2020 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.
  • These documents should be combined in one file (Word or PDF) and sent to Christine Barkley (Christine.Barkley@carleton.ca)

A letter of support from the faculty member supervisor should be emailed directly from the faculty member 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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