University of Calgary
UofC Navigation

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about applying for a research position or funding, or general questions about research? Check and see if your question is answered here.

Q:

Do I need to apply for external funding?

A:

In general, most researchers will require you to have some sort of funding. Check with your individual researcher. If you're applying for a position offered off campus you may not require funding in order to be eligible for a research position. However, it’s most likely a requirement in order to work with a researcher from the university.

Q:

What happens if I don't get any funding?

A:

In the absence of funding, you might not be eligible to work as a research assistant because your researcher may not have enough money in his or her budget to pay the full salary of a research assistant. Once again, it’s important to check with each researcher as circumstances vary.

Q:

How long does the work term last?

A:

Most summer work terms last 12-16 weeks. There will most likely be some flexibility within this term length depending on the specific project and employer.

Q:

When are the application deadlines?

A:

Application deadlines for positions and funding vary. In general, funding applications are due between November and February. Make sure to check each deadline and plan ahead so that you’re not overwhelmed or miss a funding deadline. Although researchers may be flexible, funding agencies will not be.

Q:

What is the difference between a studentship and a grant?

A:

In general, a summer studentship consists of a stipend. The stipend is used to pay a person’s (your) research salary. A research grant is different in that funds may go toward paying for tools or equipment needed to conduct the research. Almost all the summer studentships or scholarships listed on this site consist of a stipend.