The Pathways to Prosperity Graduate Student Exchange Program – 2015

Are you interested in supplementing your coursework with an applied component? Would you like to do research in another part of Canada? Want to take a course at another university while also conducting research there? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then the Pathways to Prosperity Graduate Student Exchange Program might be the opportunity you’re looking for.

A wide variety of exchange options exist, but could include:

  • Collecting or analyzing data at another university for research that you already have underway.
  • Participating in new research at a host university.
  • Conducting research in a settlement agency or at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

It may also be possible to take graduate courses at another university (for which you may be able to receive credit at your home institution), but this would have to be in addition to a research component.

The Details
We will provide travel funding of up to $2500 to four students in this inaugural competition, with placements to begin in the Summer or Fall of 2015. This arrangement might also be eligible for additional funding through the Mitacs Accelerate program (, for which the Pathways to Prosperity has pre-approval.

Here is a list of some potential locations and hosts for this round, who may also have connections with community organizations with whom to work:

  • University of Ottawa to work with Caroline Andrew
  • Western University to work with Michael Haan or Victoria Esses
  • University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) to work with Carlos Teixeira
  • University of Calgary (Edmonton campus) to work with Julie Drolet
  • Dalhousie University to work with Yoko Yoshida
  • The University of Winnipeg to work with Danielle Gaucher
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada to work in the Research and Evaluation Branch

Note that these hosts have already agreed to take on students, but you are free to set up a placement with other P2P collaborators and partners, if they agree. A full list of partners and collaborators can be found here.


How to Apply
The due date for the application is April 17, 2015 with placements to begin in the Summer or Fall of 2015. Please discuss your proposal with potential supervisors prior to submission. Ensure that there is a clear agreement about the duration and responsibilities associated with the exchange, and that you have answered the questions listed in the evaluation criteria below.

Electronic applications should be sent to Michael Haan ( and must contain the following:

  • A cover letter indicating why you are interested in this program, and how it would help advance your research and studies
  • A letter (which should be emailed directly to Michael Haan) from the potential supervisor indicating a willingness to host you, and the facilities that they will make available to you
  • A Curriculum Vita
  • A draft budget
  • A project description and timeline

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to discuss the program, please contact Michael Haan ( to discuss the details.

We will form a committee from among the Board members to evaluate the proposals, and will consider the following factors during the selection process (weighting is in brackets):

1) Aim and importance of the proposed research (1/3)

2) Feasibility (1/3)

  • Is it possible to conduct the proposed research?
  • What is the probability that the research will be completed on time?

3) Capability of student and research team (1/3)

  • Does the student appear to have the necessary skills and resources to conduct the proposed research?
  • How will the supervisor help?