Research Affiliate Program

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The Research Affiliate Program (RAP) recruits post-secondary students on a part-time basis throughout the year.

You get: Students who bring new energy and a new perspective to your research project.

You give: Research projects related to the student's current degree program and help the student develop specific knowledge and research skills.

Hiring process


The RAP uses a national area of selection. So, qualified students who have indicated a willingness to work in the given job locations are eligible to apply.

Direct access

As of , organizations have direct access to the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS) to create their own RAP advertisements and to approve RAP re-employments. For further information, consult your human resources advisor.


A student's work placement under the RAP can be any length of time that the research project requires, as long as the student remains eligible under the program. To extend the work term for a student initially hired in the RAP, managers need to proceed with a re-employment.

Students in this program work part time only. The work schedule should allow students to balance their work, studies and personal lives.

Note: Students working as full-time researchers must be hired under one of the other student employment programs and paid the relevant rate, not a stipend.


Managers will need to communicate with all students and advise them of the results following the assessment, including those who were not found qualified. For HR professionals, details on how to create an advertisement are available.

Re-hiring students

Managers can re-hire students who were originally hired through one of the following student employment programs: FSWEP, RAP or CO-OP. Managers would simply need to verify that the student continues to meet the eligibility criteria as described in the Student Employment Policy.

Organizations are now responsible for all re-hire procedures. We invite you to contact your human resources advisor to find out the requirements for student re-hires within your own organization.

Student eligibility

Students must satisfy the definition of a student, as defined in the Student Employment Policy — Appendix A.

To be considered for RAP opportunities, students must:

  1. Be recognized as having full-time student status by the post-secondary academic institution at which they are presently enrolled OR be a part-time student who is recognized by their academic institution as a having a disability;
  2. Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located; and
  3. Be enrolled in an academic program that requires research as part of their curriculum.


In keeping with section 39(1)(c) of the Public Service Employment Act, preference must be given to Canadian citizens. A Canadian citizen is a person who possesses Canadian citizenship by birth or through the naturalization process under the Canadian Citizenship Act. Therefore, a work term must be offered to a Canadian student who meets the requirements before the position can be offered to a non-Canadian student.

More information can be found under the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students.

Rates of pay

RAP students are to be paid a stipend, bursary or hourly rate of pay consistent with those of other paid student employment programs as per the Treasury Board of Canada’s Student Rates of Pay.

The stipend should reflect the corresponding hourly, weekly or monthly rate established for other post-secondary students for their completed years in their current field of study. The bursaries are paid through installments.

If the student's RAP assignment is to complete a thesis or dissertation, the student should be paid up until the time they are ready for their defence. The write-up for either the thesis or dissertation should realistically take no more than two months to accomplish after the research has been completed. For all other research activities, the student should only be paid for the time worked.

Intellectual property

The Crown retains possession of intellectual property (IP) related to material produced by the student while participating in the RAP. The issue must be addressed in the hiring organization's contractual agreement with the academic institution, ensuring that the Crown retains the IP rights, while the student is granted the ability to publish their findings and research to fulfil academic requirements, or whenever necessary and appropriate.

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