The Pathways to Prosperity Student and Postdoctoral Exchange Program – 2016

Call for Expressions of Interest from Students/Postdoctoral Fellows and
Those Who Would Be Willing to Host Them


The P2P exchange program provides relocation travel funding so that students and postdoctoral fellows have opportunities to participate in new research or broaden the scope and breadth of research they already have underway; collect and/or analyze data at another university, at a settlement agency, or at a government department; and take courses at another university while also conducting research there.


In 2015 we launched the P2P exchange program specifically directed to graduate students to provide them with the opportunity to work with experts in all regions of the country. We are now opening up the exchange to postdoctoral fellows who may also be interested in participating. In addition, to facilitate the process, in this round we will offer a matching service between interested applicants and possible host organizations.


The Details:

We will provide travel funding of up to $2500 to four individuals this year, with placements to begin in the Summer or Fall of 2016. This arrangement might also be eligible for additional funding through the Mitacs Accelerate program (, for which the Pathways to Prosperity has pre-approval.


The due date for applications is April 18, 2016. By applying to the exchange program, you are giving us permission to circulate your application to interested applicants or hosts. We will facilitate discussions and negotiations between applicants and hosts, with the goal of ensuring that when a successful match is made and funded, there is clear agreement about the duration and responsibilities of both parties.


Application Process for Interested Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Who Would Like to Participate in the Exchange:
Electronic applications should be sent to and must contain:

  1. An application letter of no more than 4 pages indicating:
    a. Why you are interested in this program and how it would help advance your research
    b. A description of your research interests and skills (please provide as much detail as possible), and the type of exchange in which you would like to participate
    c. Your expected timelines
  2. Your curriculum vitae
  3. A reference letter from your thesis or post-doctoral supervisor


Application Process for Interested Partners, Collaborators, and Co-Investigators Who Would Be Interested in Hosting an Exchange Student or Postdoctoral Fellow:
Electronic applications should be sent to and must contain:

  1. A description of the type of research opportunity you would be able to offer to a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow
  2. The skills you anticipate being required for the research you have in mind
  3. Your expected timelines
  4. Resources you would be able to offer (e.g., space, data, salary, matching funds for a Mitacs internship)


We will form a committee from among the Board members to evaluate the proposals and try to match applicants with interested hosts.