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Shastri Alberta Students in India (SASI) Project 2024-25

SICI is delighted to invite applications for the Shastri Alberta Students in India (SASI) Project 2024-25. This initiative provides grants and support for an 8-week work internship to post-secondary students from Alberta in distinguished Indian institutions under the guidance of host faculty members.

Project Overview and Objectives

The SASI Project is a pilot initiative under SICI's Engaging Alberta in India Program (EAI), generously funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Alberta. The EAI Program aims to establish and strengthen potential engagements between Alberta and India through higher education, industry collaboration, and people-to-people partnerships.

The SASI Project redefines internships, offering Alberta students a comprehensive experience that fuels personal, academic, and professional growth. Objectives include:

  • Immerse Alberta post-secondary students in an impactful 8-week work and socio-cultural venture in India, fostering global competencies, adaptability, and an international mindset.
  • Deliver hands-on training and work exposure through projects with esteemed Indian institutions across industries, honing practical skills and industry-specific knowledge to meet global workforce demands.
  • Foster intercultural, interpersonal, and cross-cultural communication skills by placing students in collaborative environments with diverse, multicultural teams.

 Eligibility Criteria for ASI Applicants

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents enrolled in 2-year diploma programs, 2-year associate degree programs, 2-year applied degree programs, 2-year post graduate diploma programs, and 4-year bachelor's degree programs at Alberta community colleges, polytechnics, and universities (including both undergraduate and comprehensive programs) are eligible. A list of eligible Post-Secondary Institution of Alberta is given in this link: https://www.shastriinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Eligible-Post-Secondary-Institutions-in-Alberta.pdf
  • After completing SICI's Work-Internship Project in India, applicant students must return to their respective home institutions to complete their remaining semester(s).
  • Proficiency in the English language is required.
  • Students with any previous academic degrees/diplomas from Indian institutions are not eligible.
  • Financially challenged and Indigenous students are highly encouraged to apply.

Note: Emphasizing diversity, inclusivity, and addressing specific student needs, SICI will use a flexible strategy, reserving grants for students with Indigenous ancestry and those facing financial challenges, following these key principles:

  • Inclusivity: In this pilot project SICI promotes a diverse, inclusive community, recognizing challenges faced by students with Indigenous ancestry and financial hardships.
  • Flexibility: Adapting our approach to the actual needs of our applicants, the pilot allows us to stay responsive to dynamic student populations.
  • Fairness: Our commitment ensures a proportionate representation and needs-based distribution of grants, avoiding discrimination.

Internship Placement Time in India and Travel Directive

  • July 1 – August 23, 2024
  • All 30 students will travel to India as a cohort, accompanied by the SICI team.

SASI Grant Details (Value, Coverage, Facilitations)

  • Number of SASI Grants: 30 (thirty)
  • SASI Grant Value: CAD$ 8,500/grant
  • Grant Coverage: Covers international round trip air tickets, domestic travel, accommodation, meals, visa, health insurance, stipend, and an honorarium to host faculty.
  • Wrap-around facilitation includes SICI arranging/assisting interns in obtaining appropriate Indian visas, securing accommodations, connecting students with host Indian supervisors, providing orientations, mentoring, etc.

Credit Earning Opportunity for ASI Interns

  • SICI recommends willing students to consult with their home institution instructors/advisors before applying for the SASI grant, discussing potential SASI projects and the option of earning credits. While credit awarding/earning is not obligatory, it can be advantageous for students.

List of Host Institutions and Internship Projects

Application Requirements and Deadline

  • Completed application form.
  • Email the complete application to siciapp@ucalgary.ca with the subject line "SASI Project 2024-25" on or before March 15, 2024, by 11:00 pm MST.
  • SICI will announce the names of selected interns by March 25, 2024.

Application Form: Form 

Letter of Reference Form: Form 

Final Report Form: Form

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information or clarification, please email:

Mahmuda Aldeen (maldeen@ucalgary.ca)
Program and Member Relations Officer
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
# 1418 Education Tower
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 1N4
Phone: (403) 220-3220