Undergraduate Research Fellow

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA)
Kenora, ON, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is one of the world’s most influential freshwater research facilities. It features a collection of 58 small lakes and their watersheds in northwestern Ontario, Canada. For over 50 years, scientists at IISD-ELA have conducted whole-ecosystem experiments and made significant scientific discoveries related to issues such as acid rain, mercury from air pollution, algal blooms and pharmaceutical chemicals in water. The facility is operated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development—an independent think tank headquartered in Winnipeg. 

IISD-ELA acknowledges that our research facility is located on Treaty Three lands, and the care of these lands during experimentation and restoration to original state is implicit in its mission. Many local schools in the region come to the facility to learn more about the science of aquatic ecosystems and how humans serve a role in sharing and working with one another to protect these resources.

The unique nature of the IISD-ELA facility and our whole-ecosystem approach to freshwater science provides an opportunity to deliver a different kind of educational programming and community outreach for a wide variety of audiences. IISD-ELA aims to inspire and train the general public and the next generation of research scientists, providing a platform for science education and innovation. Full room and board will be provided at the IISD-ELA facility, as well as travel to and from the facility (to Winnipeg or Kenora) on weekends.

Candidates are required to provide the following application materials:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Their most recent academic transcript (attached to CV document)
  • A cover letter (500 words maximum) outlining previous experience(s) in areas related to IISD-ELA research and how receiving the scholarship will further the applicant’s academic and career interests

Skills & Qualifications:

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship is competitive, and the qualifying candidate must:

  • Be a student at the University of Manitoba
  • Have completed a minimum of one year as a full-time student (minimum 30 credit hours)
  • Have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Declare an intention to register full time (minimum 80% course load) in the academic session immediately following the research placement

IISD-ELA will require the completion of a criminal record and child abuse registry check. The ability to speak French and/or Ojibwa is considered an asset.

The contract is for a full-time 18-week term position from approximately May to August 2019.

Compensation: $10,500 CAD plus $2,000 towards tuition at the University of Manitoba in next academic semester.

All submissions must be in English.