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Prospective students and postdocs

Prospective graduate students

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD in the Barrera Lab? The first step is to apply to the graduate program in the Department of Physics. Applications typically open in October and close in December.

Interested students should also consider applying for external graduate fellowships, some of which are listed here. Deadlines for fellowship programs are often earlier than program application deadlines and eligibility varies based on citizenship, so please check well ahead of time. Send a note to to express your interest in joining the group and let us know that you are applying for external funding.

Propective undergraduate researchers

Research in the Barrera Lab typically requires two semesters or more to make progress on an experiment. The best ways to get involved are to apply for one of the following programs.

For full-time research during summer of 2nd or 3rd year

Note that deadlines for some of these programs occur in Dec-Jan.

Eligibility Program Links
Canadian citizens/residents from across Canada NSERC University Student Research Awards (USRA) UofT, NSERC
Global CQIQC Undergraduate Summer Research Program CQIQC
UofT EngSci students Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP) ESROP
Canadian citizens/residents from UofT University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) UTEA
UofT Physics students Natalia Krasnopolskaia Memorial Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) SURF

Other similar programs exist externally as well. Reach out to let us know that you plan to apply.

For part-time research during the 2nd or 3rd academic year

Please reach out to inquire about a research course during the spring or summer. Most courses will require two terms to complete.

  1. A full-year supervised research course, PHY379Y/PHY479Y
  2. UofT Research Opportunities Program

Prospective postdocs

Please reach out to express your interest, provide your CV and names of 2-4 references, and identify which of the following fellowship programs would apply for your timeline and eligibility.

Eligibility Program Deadline Results Links
Global CQIQC Postdoctoral Fellowship early January CQIQC
Global Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship August 1 mid-February UofT, Banting
Underrepresented groups Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program early March late May UofT
Global UofT Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship December 1 March UofT
Canadian citizens/residents NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship mid-October end of February NSERC