What is Brilliant Solutions?

Brilliant Solutions is recruiting talented students (undergraduate and graduate) and post doctoral fellows  for multidisciplinary, cross-faculty teams. Those selected for the program will work collaboratively with business leaders to generate concrete solutions to challenging problems faced by some of the largest employers in Durham Region.  Post Doctoral Fellows are invited to lead these multidisciplinary teams of students.

Successful candidates will:

  • Gain real-world work experience while at Ontario Tech University.

  • Build contacts with business leaders in some of Durham Region’s most important public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

  • Strengthen and apply your transferable skills.

  • Receive intensive training designed to prepare you for the workplace. 

  • Take advantage of flexible project terms that last a few weeks to a full year.

  • Receive mentorship from experts at Ontario Tech and its partner organizations throughout your term.

  • Receive compensation for your participation in the form of a Brilliant Solutions Award.


Brilliant Solutions is open to all undergraduate (in 2nd year and above), graduate students and post doctoral fellows. You must be in good standing at Ontario Tech University.  Brilliant Solutions projects are a professional experience from start to finish. Well prepared materials and thoughtful, focused answers on the application form will be important to your success in this competitive process.  International students must be full-time students with a valid study permit.

Additional Requirements

If you are offered a role, you may be required to provide proof of immunization and/or obtain a criminal reference check. For details see here.

If you are offered a role, you may be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (see sample here), and an Intellectual Property Agreement (see sample here)

International Students

International students may be eligible to apply. Please check the details on the project description.


You will receive a Brilliant Solutions Award. The value will be based on the duration of the project as follows:

  1. Ontario Tech Brilliant Solutions Leadership Award for Post Doctoral Fellows (Post Doc Fellow awards are from $300 to $4800)

  2. Ontario Tech Brilliant Solutions Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Students (Undergrad awards range from $100 to $1600; Graduate awards range from $150 to $3200)

Projects and Application Rounds

Brilliant Solutions will operate with multiple application rounds as new projects are identified.  Stay tuned for new rounds of applications. Visit the Projects and Recruitment Process Page.

Inclusive Work Integrated Learning

Brilliant Solutions is committed to providing an inclusive and positive work integrated learning experience for every program participant.  Ontario Tech University respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process or, if selected, throughout your participation in the program, please notify Karen.Zavitz@uoit.ca

Ontario Tech welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.