Applicants

The APRENTICE program is designed to enhance the professional skills and job readiness of our graduate trainees (MSc and PhD), ultimately, resulting in highly qualified protein engineers.

Application Process

  • To be eligible for this competition, you must first be enrolled in a graduate program (refer to table below for more information) with one of the 11 team-members and be nominated by your supervisor.
  • If you are admissible and up for the challenge, please send a cover letter, CV, academic transcripts and a short proposal of your project (in one single PDF file) to Marilyn Vera-Chang, our Program Coordinator by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • There is a single CREATE APRENTICE admission competition per year in March/April. During this competition, we will admit, on a competitive basis, 7 or 8 new grad students to start on September of the same year.
  • The competition is assessed on academic, research, and personal excellence.
  • Students who hold other scholarships are encouraged to apply.
  • The scholarship pays $21,000 per year to PhD students and $17,300 to MSc students.
  • APRENTICE provides stipends for the first 2 years full-time (the rest is covered by the supervisor).
  • The APRENTICE program covers expenses incurred for requirements of the APRENTICE program.

APRENTICE Program Description

Students admitted to the CREATE program must participate in ALL components and training activities (as outlined below) in addition to the regular research, thesis, and course work requirements of their graduate curriculum.

  1. Take the “Advanced Protein Engineering” grad course taught by Dr. Chica and Dr. daCosta at the University of Ottawa; Remote students can attend via teleconference.
  2. Participate in at least one advanced research training course over the funding period (hands-on summer courses).
  3. Participate in a single 3-4 month internship over the course of their graduate degree, and this must be approved by the supervisor and Education committee. These internships are in academic, industrial or government labs.
  4. Participate in annual retreats every year and in the organization of the retreat in their 1st year of admission to the program.
  5. Participate in one APRENTICE workshop during each academic year over the course of the APRENTICE funding period.
  6. Attend one workshop from either the MITACS Step (https://edge-reg.mitacs.ca) or uOttawa Altitude (https://altitude.uottawa.ca/en) programs over the course of the APRENTICE funding period.

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