Accepting Student Trainee Applications for September 2024

The CREATE LEAP program is seeking student trainee applications for our September 2024 start date. We have open funded positions for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, as well as unfunded positions available for undergraduate students. If you are a student who is interested in a career in permafrost science, this program would be a great fit for you.

Students trainees conduct research alongside one of our experienced co-grantee researchers, while simultaneously receiving fundamental knowledge through an Online Training Course, hands-on professional skills training in Canada’s North, and mentorship and collaboration opportunities.

To apply, submit an application by Friday, February 16th to join this program in September 2024. Check out the application and other program details here.

The LEAP Program Begins: Join the Orientation on September 26th

All LEAP trainees, co-applicants, collaborators, and partners are invited to join the first session of the NSERC CREATE LEAP Online Training Course in a weekly series that runs from September 2023 to March 2024.

This session will include a program orientation to welcome everyone as participants of the program and to learn about LEAP’s goals for the upcoming year. We hope to see you there!

Please reach out to the LEAP Program Coordinator ( if you would like more information about this event.

Join the Start of LEAP!

NSERC CREATE LEAP will officially begin in September 2023 and as such, we are currently searching for the student trainees who will comprise the first LEAP cohort.

If you are a graduate or undergraduate student interested in permafrost research and northern studies, and you are eager to gain foundational knowledge and professional skills to prepare you for a career in or closely related to the North, this program is designed to do just that!

Opportunities Student Trainees Get Out of LEAP…

The LEAP training program will provide student trainees with online learning opportunities related not only to further developing their research understanding, but also with northern-specific professional skills. Online training will include both independent learning and frequent opportunities to discuss ideas and topics alongside diverse groups of people who share similar research interests.

Core principles of this program are that it is collaborative and inter-disciplinary, meaning you will have the chance to expand your network and receive mentorship and internship opportunities alongside program partners who are experts and professionals working in the fields that require permafrost-related expertise.

Last, this program offers you an in-person learning opportunity in the North to gain experience working in a northern context, through an exciting ten-day northern field school. The dates and location of this event will be announced soon!

Participation in LEAP also provides both graduate research funding and covers travel-related expenses for its trainees.

Join Us!

If you are already planning to begin research this fall related to the scope of better understanding, adapting, and addressing permafrost thaw challenges alongside a LEAP co-applicant or collaborator, we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact us with any questions.