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Internships in the field of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Prairie Provinces (up to $12,000)


The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) invites potential supervisors and employers to apply for internship support to advance research and training related to climate change impacts and adaptation in the Prairie Provinces. PARC facilitates research on the impacts of climate change on natural and social systems in the Prairie Provinces and on the adaptation strategies that will be necessary to minimize the adverse impacts or take advantage of the positive effects of climate change. PARC is also mandated to increase the number of highly qualified personnel in the emerging field of climate change impacts and adaptation. Toward these research and training goals, PARC will provide support of up to $12,000CDN per intern to support interns over a one-year period whose research and training involves the study of human adaptation to climate change on the Canadian Prairie Provinces. Interns may also be supported over a shorter time period where that better fits the applicants’ needs.

Climate change impacts and adaptation research is typically multi-disciplinary, and interns may be involved in collaboration across disciplines or between the private and public sectors. PARC encourages applications for proposed research and training that bridge disciplines.


The proposed research activities must relate to research in climate change impacts and adaptation (see below) in the Prairie Provinces. Interns may be employed at universities or other research and training institutions, or at private or public institutions, anywhere in the world. Our chief criteria are that the working environment provide adequate supervision and a quality research and training experience. Interns should hold an undergraduate degree and be no older than 30 at the time of award uptake. Typically interns would also be supported by other funders. This could be, for example, the employing institution itself, or another intern support program (such as Environment Canada’s Science Horizons Youth Internship Program or Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program, both of which also offer up to $12,000 per annum of intern support). The internship awards adjudication process is ongoing; applications are evaluated as they are received. There is no closing date for applications; the awards program will continue as long as funds are available. Before applying you should check the PARC website ( and click on the link to “Awards” to see if award funds are still available or if they have been exhausted.

What exactly is “adaptation to climate change”?

For the purposes of these awards, adaptation can be understood to mean changes in human behaviour to cope with or take advantage of a changing climate. PARC wishes to improve our ability to adapt consciously and advantageously to climate change via the generation of adaptation options. PARC will not fund research that is primarily focused on climate change science and natural systems and not on human adaptation to climate change. For example, a project that researched the adaptation of reptiles to climate change would not be funded. A project that researched possible management responses to reptilian population decline owing to current or projected climate change impacts could be funded. A project that researched the purely physical impacts of climate change on stream and river flows would not be funded. A project that substantively included the implications for agriculture, hydropower generation, or nature conservation, could be funded.

How do you apply?

To be considered for this award, potential supervisors/employers should submit the following to PARC (see address and email below). Either hardcopy or email applications are acceptable. Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed:

  • a two- to four-page statement (12-point font, double-spaced) describing the research or training program and how the proposed activities meet the objectives of the award (the promotion of research and training related to human adaptation to climate change in the Canadian Prairie Provinces),
  • a two-page (12-point font) resume of the proposed supervisor, and,
  • a two-page (12-point font) resume of the proposed intern.

Notification of decision

Award winners will be notified as soon as possible.


Payment of the award will be made in two installments annually. The second installment is subject to a letter from the employer or supervisor stating that the intern’s progress has been satisfactory. Please address applications and inquiries to:

Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative
Graduate Scholarships Program
Suite 120, 2 Research Drive
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 7H9
Telephone: (306) 337-2300

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