Paid student mandate description 

Through the Space Challenge, CRIAQ wishes to support a student team that will work on the issue to enable the sustainable development of space, as well as to raise awareness of the growing issue of space debris.

The exponential increase in space debris and traffic in space is currently posing significant challenges to space operations and governance. Space nations are calling for an end to tests to destroy obsolete satellites in orbit. An announcement has been made in 2022 to this effect. 

The Space Challenge calls on the new generation to contribute to the reflection on the sustainable development of space, particularly the management of space traffic and the mitigation of space debris. 

The objective of the mandate will be to carry out an in-depth study on the theme according to the work plan proposed in their application file. 

Why participate?  

The CRIAQ Space Challenge is a golden opportunity for students interested in the aerospace industry, and in particular in space development issues.  

The selected students will have the chance to :

  • To work on a paid mandate at CRIAQ;
  • For a period of 12 weeks;
  • During the summer of 2023
  • To meet and work with various experts in the field to learn more about the realities of the industry, to refine their understanding of the problem and to test ideas for potential solutions. Including the project collaborators:




The study will be publicly disseminated by CRIAQ at the end of the mission.  

This will promote the importance of this issue within the industry and stimulate the emergence of new thinking and solutions. This is a great opportunity for students to develop their careers. 

To whom is the challenge for?  

  • Eligible candidates:   

              –  Students from Quebec universities at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, Post-Doctorate) 

              – Graduates of a Quebec university who have graduated less than a year ago. 

  • Tams must be composed of 2 people (preferably from multidisciplinary and complementary backgrounds) 

Details on the project  

The main objective of the participants is to summarize their understanding of the problem and to think of a concrete work plan that can be executed over a 12-week period and that they will be able to execute themselves.

The submitted proposal should contribute to the thinking on the issue of sustainable development of space and space debris.    


How to submit a proposal?  

  • Form a team of 2 students  
  • Prepare an application file in the form of a proposal to study the problem from different angles: technological, economic, regulatory and sustainable development.

Proposals should contain the following sections:

PART 1 – Team profile  

  • Academic profile 
  • Interest in the theme and the space industry  
  • Relevant experiences  

PART 2 – Summary of the problematic  

  • Brief overview of the problematic  
  • Underlying issues: technical, economic, regulatory, sustainable development.

PART 3 – Methodology and suggested approach  

  • Methodology and tools 
  • Preliminary work plan  


List of documents to be attached. 

  • Teams’ proposal (.PDF)
  • Team CV’s (.PDF)

The application must be sent to CRIAQ in PDF format at the following address: 

Consult the full guide for full details