Available Summer Studentships
|Updated April 10, 2017.
The following information was compiled by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Research Office.
|AMERICAN PHYSIOLOGICAL SOCIETY (APS)
The program funds 24 full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory research experience to work for 10 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator. Each student has his/her own research question to work on during the summer. The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students to pursue a career as a basic research scientist.
In addition, Fellows receive a travel grant to allow them to attend and present their research data at the following year's APS annual meeting (Experimental Biology), which is a broad-based scientific meeting of five to seven diverse biological scientific societies that are members of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). There are many opportunities for the students to mingle with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers at the meeting, in addition to all the scientific presentations and posters they can attend.
The laboratory host must be an APS member in good standing.
Deadline for applications is February 1, 2017.
|ASSOCIATED MEDICAL SERVICES
The studentship funds up to four students per year and offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study and learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history. Students must be registered in a recognized undergraduate program at a Canadian university. Any full time undergraduate student is eligible to apply provided the proposed project and supervisor meet the criteria. Funding is in the form of a stipend only, to a maximum of $5,500. The award may be held for a period of three consecutive months during the academic summer recess (May-August). Payment is made to the institution where the student is registered.
Deadline for applications is February 20, 2017.
The goal of this award is to provide support for medical students who are interested in research in infectious diseases and microbiology This award is funded for $4,000 for an 8-10 week research term, performed consecutively over the summer or intermittently over the course of one academic year. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate medical program in a Canadian University and must be in good standing. The student's research supervisor must be a member in good standing of AMMI Canada. Research area must be relevant to the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of infectious diseases. Priority is given to current focused research areas identified by CFID (e.g. water safety, antimicrobial resistance, rapid diagnostics, infection prevention strategies, antimicrobial stewardship, etc.)
Deadline for applications: January 20, 2017.
|BANTING AND BEST DIABETES CENTRE
There are fifteen summer studentships available to qualified undergraduate and/or medical students to carry out full-time summer research in the laboratory of a member of the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC). Students will be required to work full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2015. The stipends will be a minimum of $4,800; $2,400 will be provided by the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre, and $2,400 must be provided by the supervisor. The supervisor may provide additional funding.
For inquiries contact Chris Sargent, E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 416-978-3498;
Deadline for applications is January 17, 2017, 5pm.
|CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES
The aim of the SIP is to attract and support students at Canada’s post-secondary institutions to contribute to, and experience from, working on projects within any division of CBS. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously been supported by the program. Support is offered directly to the student to a maximum of $7,500 for up to 4 months. Applicants who will work with blood or blood products must provide evidence of a Hepatitis B vaccination before the award commences.
Applications are available online at the link provided above or by contacting Cheryl Hubert, Coordinator, Centre for Innovation, Canadian Blood Services, tel: (613) 739-2230, fax: (613)739-2201, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: No competition planned for 2017.
|CANADIAN CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
Full-time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in appropriate disciplines are eligible for studentships to work on a cystic fibrosis project during the summer. Under certain circumstances, other special academic situations may be considered for a Summer Studentship. The proposed supervisor need NOT be in receipt of a Cystic Fibrosis Canada grant. On average there are twelve studentships per year, and in 2012 the amount was $4000 per award.
Applications must be made by the proposed supervisor on behalf of a student. Applications directly from students cannot be accepted.
Deadline for applications: March 1, 2017.
|CANADIAN FOUNDATION FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES (CFID)
This award is funded for $4,000 for an 8-10 week research term, performed consecutively over the summer or intermittently over the course of one academic year. The goal of this award is to provide support for medical students who are interested in research in infectious diseases and microbiology.
Deadline for applications is January 20, 2017.
|CANADIAN HEMOPHILIA RESEARCH SOCIETY
The Canadian Hemophilia Society will support interested Canadian Medical or Science students to work for up to 4 months during the Summer of 2015 on a research project relevant to inherited bleeding disorders. Stipend: $6,000.00. Medical students in any year/Science students in any year of undergraduate program. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants may apply. You must have an excellent academic record and acceptance by a scientist involved in a current hemophilia research project supported by CHS or another major granting agency.
Deadline for applications: November 15, 2016.
|CANADIAN LIVER FOUNDATION
The Canadian Liver Foundation Summer Studentship Program provides an opportunity for a limited number of well-motivated students with records of strong academic performance to participate in liver-related research. In 2016, up to six summer studentships may be awarded in Ontario. Applicants must be registered at a Canadian institution in an undergraduate degree program. Canadian citizens, landed immigrants and permanent residents will receive first consideration. The award will be $3500 for the student’s stipend plus $500 for supplies. The specific uses of the funds shall be dictated by the policies of the research administration office of the sponsoring institution. Payment of the award will be made on or about June 1, to the sponsoring institution.
Deadline for applications: March 31, 2016. (2017 information not posted)
CANHEART strives to a) improve the community-based care provided to patients with cardiovascular risk factors and/or chronic conditions, and b) stimulate health system changes and quality improvement activities, resulting in better patient outcomes. This studentship is open to health sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health students, medical students and students enrolled in course-based (i.e. non-research-based) graduate programs. Funding is available for 3 months beginning June 1st, 2015, and ending August 31st, 2015, paid in accordance with the CIHR recommended level of student bursaries. All successful students will be expected to present their research protocol and end of project results in a summer student seminar.
Deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.
|endMS RESEARCH AND TRAINING NETWORK
This grant provides eligible principal investigators (P.I’s), on a competitive basis, with a $5,000 grant for one summer term to hire a named undergraduate or medical student of their choice to work on a well-defined MS-related research project in their lab. This program aims to attract and support researchers to explore the field of MS and further MS research, while enabling students to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of MS and interest in MS research.
For more information on this competition, including eligibility criteria, application guidelines and instructions, please refer to the 'Applications and Guidelines' documents on the website. After reviewing these documents, please direct any inquiries to email@example.com.
The endMS Summer Studentship Program will not be offered in 2017.
|THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN
The program runs for 15 weeks from early May to mid-August. Specific start dates are arranged directly with the hiring scientists. The program includes weekly seminars presented by Hospital and Research Institute staff members. Students will be paid $6,000CAD for the 15-week program (based on an hourly rate of $11.25 + 4% vacation pay for a 35-hour work week).
The list of scientists recruiting summer students, descriptions of the available positions and applications for the summer program are posted in mid-December annually. Each scientist will indicate the method by which they wish to receive applications (i.e. mail, fax, email). The method(s) indicated are the only way to apply to each scientist. Students must apply directly to each scientist. Neither the Research Training Centre nor the Human Resources Department will accept applications.
If you would like to apply to more than one scientist, you must send individual applications to each one as each scientist is responsible for selecting their own student.
Students accepted into the program may also apply through their supervisor for external funding. No minimum grade point average (GPA) is required to be eligible to apply to the program. However, please note that these positions are highly competitive, therefore a strong GPA is advantageous.
Deadline for applications: January 17, 2017.
|THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN - CLINICAL AND METABOLIC GENETICS
The Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children is offering an annual summer student award. This award has been made possible by the Starbucks Coffee Company Endowment Fund and will enable a student to participate in a clinical genetics research project for a 12-week term. At the time of application, students must be in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate degree program. Students in medical school may also apply. The stipend is $4,800 (based on an hourly rate of $11.43 for a 35-hour week) for the 12-week program. The application must include a letter outlining your past relevant experience, your objectives and how this experience might ultimately support your future goals, along with a CV, two letters of reference, and university level transcripts. On email applications, please note 'Starbucks Student Award' in the subject line. Applications can also be faxed to 416-813-5345. Applications should be submitted to Khadine Wiltshire, Research Administrator, Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics.
Deadline for applications is February 17, 2017.
|KEENAN RESEARCH CENTREeenan Research Centre - St. Michael's Hospital
This program provides opportunities for undergraduate and medical students to conduct research in a laboratory and/or clinical setting at St. Michael’s under the supervision of a Principal Investigator (Scientist and/or MD). Students are also involved in educational programming such as seminars, networking activities and a poster competition. Students will be paid $11.00/hour and must commit to full time hours (37.5 hours/week). There is no application form. Students must align themselves with a PI and set up appointments to speak to them personally. Find a Principal Investigator at St. Michael’s.
Please do not begin contacting principal investigators until Jan. 1, 2017.
Deadline for applications to principal investigators: April 1, 2017.
|LUNENFELD-TANENBAUM RESEARCH INSITITUTE
This program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work throughout the summer in a laboratory at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Students must have completed, at the minimum, their second undergraduate year of a recognized university science program. The summer student program is extremely competitive. Individual scientists select their own summer students; there is no centralized selection process. Please be aware that acceptances are made on a rolling basis. Students will be expected to complete a three (3) month period at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum and work full-time hours (37.5 hours per week). Students will be paid at an hourly rate of $11.25 + 4% vacation pay.
Deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.
Industrial undergraduate student research awards are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents registered as full-time students in eligible undergraduate programs in the natural sciences or engineering at the time of application. When the award is held, the student must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree, and must not have started a program of graduate studies. Students must have obtained a cumulative average of at least second class (B) over the previous years of study. Students are eligible if they are registered in a bachelor’s degree program leading to an honours degree or a degree with a major. Candidates for undergraduate professional degrees in the health sciences (eg MD, DDS, BScN) are not eligible to hold these awards.
The awards have a maximum value (from NSERC) of $4,500 and may be held at any time of the year where permitted by the student’s academic program; the maximum duration of an award is 16 consecutive weeks. Companies are required to supplement each award by at least 25%. Supplements to the monthly value and fringe benefits, if applicable, will be the responsibility of the company. I‑USRAs can be held within the Canadian-based research facilities of any Canadian private-sector organization eligible to host an I-USRA. These awards may not be held outside Canada. For further information, see the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in NSERC Industrial Training Programs. Students may apply for awards at one or more of the approved companies of their choice. NSERC will support up to ten students per eligible company per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
Deadline for applications; NSERC should receive applications from the company at least FOUR weeks before the scheduled start date of the work term.
|NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (URSA) in Universities
The undergraduate student research awards are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents registered as full-time students in eligible undergraduate programs in the natural sciences or engineering at the time of application. When the award is held, the student must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree, and must not have started a program of graduate studies. Students must have obtained a cumulative average of at least second class (B) over the previous years of study. Students are eligible if they are registered in a bachelor’s degree program leading to an honours degree or a degree with a major. Candidates for undergraduate professional degrees in the health sciences (eg MD, DDS, BScN) are not eligible to hold these awards. The awards have a value of $4,500. A travel allowance may also be granted if the award is taken at another Canadian university. The work must be performed under the supervision of a faculty member who holds an active NSERC research grant. The normal duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks. Universities are required to supplement each award by at least 25%. Universities may also provide fringe benefits. Please Note: Students should apply through the supervisor’s department. Individual departments may have their own internal deadline for receipt of applications.
Please visit the Research Services URSA webpage for more details. Deadline for applications: January 9, 2017.
|PARKINSON’S DISEASE FOUNDATION
PDF’s Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students – from advanced undergraduates to graduate and medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project. Typically, summer fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of laboratory work with an award of $4,000. Undergraduate students and medical students are eligible for summer fellowships. Graduate students may apply if they can demonstrate a financial need, such as lack of summer funding. Each applicant must identify a mentor, with whom he or she will conduct the proposed project. Please note that this year, all applications must be submitted online through the PDF website at grants.pdf.org; no paper copies will be accepted.
Deadline for applications January 23, 2017.
|SANDRA ROTMAN CENTRE and GRAND CHALLENGES CANADA
The Sandra Rotman Centre and Grand Challenges Canada’s Summer Student Program offers university students a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful, real-life work in the field of global health. Students will gain invaluable work experience while acquiring a deeper knowledge of global health.
To be eligible for a summer studentship, students must be currently enrolled in, or graduated within the last year from, a post-secondary institution at the time of submitting an application. International students are eligible to apply as long as they meet the aforementioned criteria and are authorized to work in Canada.
Deadline for Applications: February 3, 2017, 4pm ET.
The TRCHR is now accepting applications for 2017 TRCHR Scholar / Undergraduate Summer Studentship awards.
View the FAQ document for eligiblity guidelines.
Deadline for Applications: Friday, January 27, 2017, 5pm.