Funding and Requirements

Financial support is available to Cybersecurity CREATE program students through a combination of NSERC grants and student stipend support by the School of Computing, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s. Students in the PhD and research MSc programs are eligible for financial support.

Graduate students are encouraged to serve as teaching assistants in order to develop their communications and pedagogical skills, as well as to supplement their income during their studies. For students eligible for financial support from the CREATE program, individual supervisors’ research grants will provide any remaining funding necessary to make up the total stipend amount. Queen’s University also offers significant top-ups to NSERC scholarship students.

Funds have also been allocated to hire summer undergraduate students who will gain valuable research experience and cybersecurity training. They will be mentored by graduate students and Principal Investigators, providing graduate students with training opportunities and assistance in their research, as well as increasing the pool of potential future candidates for the CREATE program.

Please note that students participating in the project MEng (RMC) or the project MSc (Queen’s) are self-funded, and normally receive no financial support from the Cybersecurity CREATE program.

Conferences and Collaboration

All students participating in the Cybersecurity CREATE program will have the opportunity to present their research and network with professional contacts at cybersecurity conferences. Funding has been allocated from NSERC grants and Queen’s University contributions to cover conference travel expenses. Any additional conference travel costs will be covered by supervisor grant funding and internal graduate student travel funding. Furthermore, Queen’s has also committed funding to support travel and hospitality expenses related to annual program conferences that will bring together participants from Cybersecurity CREATE.

In addition to attending conferences, all graduate students will also be able to participate in experiential learning opportunities offered by our industry or government partners. To help meet the demand for cybersecurity expertise, host organizations will provide support and mentorship to participating students. CREATE funding has been budgeted for these opportunities; any remaining financial requirements will be covered by partner organizations, internal graduate student travel funding, and partnerships with Mitacs Canada research and training programs.

Requirements for Admission

Given the anticipated high demand for the CREATE program, students will be selected based on academic merit; some additional attention will also be paid to addressing gender balance in the cybersecurity field, and to the needs of collaborating organizations. Students with a relevant educational background, such as in computer science, software engineering, or related fields, will get the most value from the Cybersecurity CREATE program. For information on the specific requirements of each program, see the section on Programs of Study.

Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for a position as a summer student, which will also allow you to get a head start on security clearance procedures for any students interested in working in government.

Admission for civilian graduate students at RMC is competitive, and not all students who fulfil the academic requirements will be eligible for admission. In addition to consulting the specific requirements of the program you are interested in applying for, civilian students interested in a program at RMC are advised to review the Information for Applicants in the ECE Graduate Handbook.