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How to Apply

Step 1:

Apply to Graduate Program

Apply to a full-time graduate program (MSc or PhD) at a participating university of your choice (McGill University, University of Ottawa or University of Saskatchewan). While the QAQCC Program offers training and fellowships, students must  be admitted to an MSc or PhD program and meet all admission requirements set by their respective graduate programs to be accepted into the QAQCC. A QAQCC Principal Investigator must also have indicated that they are willing supervise the applicant’s graduate research in their laboratory prior to acceptance. Therefore, communicating with a QAQCC Principal Investigator (based on your research  interests) prior to submitting an application is strongly recommended. 

How to Apply

Step 2:

Apply to QAQCC Program

After applying to a graduate program at a participating university, please email the following documents to

  • A brief cover letter of interest (1 page) that includes objectives that you hope to achieve by participating in the QAQCC program, desired career path (if known), and the names of two principal investigators (1st and second choice) that you would like to work with and why their research is of interest to you.

  • Unofficial transcripts

  • CV

  • Two reference letters

How to Apply

Step 3:

Internship Requirements

The cannabis industry requires that students provide a criminal record check dated within 90 days prior to the start of the internship.


A criminal record check that is dated more than 90 days prior to the start of the internship is considered invalid. This requirement aligns with federal governmental guidelines (

Students who are unable to provide and pass a criminal record check, will not be permitted to intern with an industry partner or allowed further participation in the QAQCC Program. For more information on how to obtain a criminal record check, including information on anticipated processing times, please visit the following site:


Please note that being accepted to the QAQCC Program does not automatically guarantee acceptance into a Graduate Program at any participating university.

The QAQCC Program is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Trainees will be selected on the basis of merit and applications from the following groups are encouraged: racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities.