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CALAREO International Research Mobility Experience (IRME)

Funding for Short-term Research Internships

The International Research Mobility Experience (IRME) project offers eligible undergraduate students enrolled at a CALAREO member institution funding to conduct short-term research internships in Latin America or the Caribbean under the supervision of a faculty member from their home institution.  While it is expected that most internships will take place in the summers of 2022 and 2023, they may take place anytime up until February 2025.

This funding opportunity is for a faculty-led student mobility experience for which faculty members nominate students.

Faculty from member institutions with research projects or collaborations in the region are invited to take students on short research trips (1-4 weeks) to work on their projects. These projects can be new or already in progress. IRME can fund up to 5 students per CALAREO member, with up to $4,000 per student and up to $5,000 for underrepresented students (who self-identify as low-income, Indigenous, or students with disabilities).   At least half of the funding is to support underrepresented students.  Amounts may vary by home institution and length of program.

Student Eligibility

  • Student participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older (no upper age limit)
  • Students must be in good standing
  • Participants must be undergraduate students
  • Students can be registered in any discipline or program
  • International students are ineligible for funding

Faculty Member Responsibilities

  • Developing a (or have an existing) research project in Latin America and/or the Caribbean
  • Nominate students for funding and ensure they meet eligibility criteria
  • Communicate deliverables to students
  • Assist with arranging travel and in-country transportation
  • Secure locations for classes or research activities, in addition to accommodations
  • The supervision and assessment of activities
  • Ensure students’ safety abroad

Funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Global Skills Opportunities Program.

Each Member institution may have its own deadlines and selection process.



  • Vancouver Island University: Ms. Jennifer Sills, Jennifer.Sills (at)
  • Lakehead University:  Ms. Jill Sherman, intl.research (at)
  • York University:  Mr. Skandha Sunderasen, skandha (at)
  • Carleton University: Ms. Sylvie Jasen, sylvie.jasen (at)
  • Memorial University: Mr. Chris Hibbs, chibbs (at)
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