Summer Student Program Information

Summer Student Websites and/or Program Coordinators is a list of the websites and/or Program Coordinators within various departments in the Faculty of Medicine, as well as at the affiliated teaching hospitals. You may need to contact the Program Coordinators directly in order to help you find a supervisor and/or visit the websites listed in the document to inquire about eligibility and individual programs.

Summer Studentships is a listing of agencies and foundations that are offering summer studentships. Please note: You must secure a supervisor before applying for funding. Once you have found a supervisor, you will need to find an appropriate source of funding that will be applicable to your area of research and/or research project, if your supervisor does not already have funding for you.

For program-specific questions, please use the contact listed in the posted opportunity. 

Summer Student Websites and/or Program Coordinators

Students should take some time to investigate the areas of expertise and research activities of potential supervisors before contacting researchers, or program coordinators. This will help to focus your search for a supervisor and make it easier for program coordinators to assist you. Please prepare and proof read your CV detailing your education and work experience, and be prepared to provide a letter of reference. Additional materials may be requested. 

***Some departments and hospitals request that students DO NOT contact researchers directly. Please be sure to check if this is the case. ***

2020 Summer Student Program Coordinators at Faculty of Medicine Departments

Department Coordinator Tel/Email Address/notes
Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research  

416-946-7006 (tel)

Donnelly CCBR
160 College St., Room 230
Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Biochemistry Jennifer Haughton

416-978-2700 (tel)

Medical Sciences Building, Room #5207
On line applications can be found on the Biochemistry web site: 
Deadline for submission: February 5, 2020 at 4pm

Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

164 College St., Room 407
See website for details: Undergraduate Summer Bootcamp 

Immunology Korosh Kianizad

c/o Anna Frey
Medical Sciences Building, Room 7205. Applications can be found on-line at:
Deadline: March 15, 2020

Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology Louella D'Cunha

Deadline: March 6, 2020

Medical Biophysics Daphne Sears

416-634-8755 (tel)

MaRS Centre, Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, 101 College Street, Suite 15-701
Deadline for submission: Mid-January, 2020. Specific deadline date to be set in Fall 2019. Applications for the  2020 Summer Student Program will open in early December, 2019.
Molecular Genetics MoGen Student Services

416-946-7714 (tel)

Medical Sciences Building, Room #4377 
Deadline: Various deadlines

Institute of Medical Science (IMS)  

416-946-8286 (tel)

Medical Science Building, Room #2374
Deadline: February 15, 2020

Medicine Contact Division Directors To obtain a list of the Division Directors, please visit:  
Nutritional Sciences

Medical Sciences Building, 5th Floor, Room 5253A
1 King`s College Circle.

Please note that applications for Summer 2020 will begin in early February 2020. 

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Various

Contact Individual Principal Investigators

Chair's Summer Student Program

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

R. Fraser Elliott Building
190 Elizabeth St., Room 3S-438


Pharmacology  & Toxicology  

Undergraduate Program

Medical Sciences Building, #4207

Deadline for UTEA-NSE and NSERC-USRA: TBA
Deadline for all other awards: March 18, 2019
Physical Therapy Dr. Sunita Mathur

416-978-7761 (tel)

Rehabilitation Science Building 500 University, Room 824 Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis. Students are encouraged to visit faculty members' webpages to determine an area of interest, and write a formal letter of introduction directly to them (e-mail communication is accepted).

Physiology Eva Eng

Medical Sciences Building, Room 3209   
UROP & GLSE: March 13, 2020
GLSE USLA: February 20, 2020

Speech-Language Pathology Dr. Alice Eriks-Brophy

416-946-8633 (tel)

Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 160-500 University Ave
Deadline: None Posted.

Surgery Dr. N. McKee 416-586-5197 (tel)

Mount Sinai Hospital, Room 435 should search the internet and journal publications to identifying a researcher you would like to work with. Review their work and become familiar with their areas of expertise, and write a formal letter of introduction directly to them.

2020 Summer Student Program Coordinators at UofT - Affiliated Teaching Hospitals

Hospital Coordinator Tel/Fax/Email/ (http://) Address/notes

Baycrest Research Training Centre

Dr. Rosanne Aleong

416-785-2500 x 2905 (tel)

For information on summer student positions at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute visit: Selections will be made on an ongoing basis, so apply as early as possible.  Only ONE online submission is required. 
Most hiring decisions will be made by April 15, 2019

Bloorview Research Institute

For information on the Undergraduate Summer Work Placement, visit:
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Hospital for Sick Children

For information on the SickKids Summer Research Program, list of hiring scientists, positions offered and downloadable applications visit:   Applications must include the following documents: resume, university transcripts, and letter of reference (from a professor or previous employer). All applications must be submitted directly to the hiring scientist and by the method the scientist indicates.
Deadline: January 31, 2019

Mount Sinai Hospital Susan Chou

The RTC Summer Research Program for Undergraduates at the The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum. Please visit for details.
Deadline: February 28, 2020

Princess Margaret Hospital Various See different program pages for contact information.

Princess Margaret Hospital 7th Floor, Room 411 610 University Ave For more information visit:
Various deadlines.

St. Michael’s Hospital

Keenan Research Centre at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute Summer Student Program
St. Michael’s Hospital at the University of Toronto, 30 Bond St. Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8.
Students can begin emailing PI’s January 1, 2020. The deadline date to email PI’s is April 1, 2020

Women’s College Hospital Sarah Tang

Women’s Health Student Experience Summer Program. Women’s College Research Institute, 790 Bay St., 7th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 1N8.
Applications for the 2020 program will be available in mid-December 2019

Sunnybrook Health Sciences  Centre Jeanette Andreatta

D+H SRI Summer Student Research Program. Students are encouraged to check the careers section of the SRI website and contact scientists with whom they are interested in working. 
Deadline: TBA

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Student Placements

To request changes to this page please contact Cindy Faber in the Faculty of Medicine Research Office at

Revised February 10, 2020.


Summer Studentships

Updated March 3, 2020. 

The following information was compiled by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Research Office.  
For program-specific questions, please use the contact listed in the posted opportunity. 




Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

The program funds up to 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, 2020.


Hannah Studentship - Additional information 

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 November 10, 2019.   


Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program

There are fourteen 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, 2020.. 

The student’s stipend will be a minimum of $5,880 based on an hourly rate of $14 for a 35-hour work week for the 12-week program. The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre will provide $2,940 and a minimum of $2,940 must be provided by the supervisor.

For inquiries contact Sanam Tajadod, E-mail: Tel: 416-978-3498;

Deadline for applications is January 16,2020, 4pm.


Canadian Blood Services Summer Research Scholarship Program

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:   

Deadline for applications: No competition planned for 2020.


Summer Studentships

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, 2019.


CFID Undergraduate Summer Research Awards 2020

This award is funded for $5,000 for an 12-13 week research term. Adjudication is by a selection committee and will be competitive based on academic achievement, research potential or experience, and mentor acceptance. 

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2020.


Summer Studentships

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. grants provide funding of $4,000 to undergraduate students to allow them to pursue liver-related research projects under the guidance of leading liver researchers.

Deadline for applications: February 24, 2020


CANHEART SPOR Summer Studentship Award 

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.  All successful students will be expected to present their research protocol and end of project results in a summer student seminar.

The competition will re-open in January 2020


The SickKids Summer Research Program (SSuRe)

The 2020 SSuRe Program activities will run from May 11 - August 14, 2020. Specific start dates are arranged directly with the hiring scientists. The program includes weekly seminars presented by the Hospital and Research Institute staff members. The final event of the program is the Annual Summer Student Symposium. At the Symposium, most students present the results of their summer projects in poster format while seven outstanding students present orally. Awards are presented to select students with exceptional research projects.

Any non-graduate research student working under a SickKids scientist for or over the summer may participate in the SSuRe Program activities, regardless of citizenship, area of placement or study, or source of payment. The only area of the SSuRe Program with restrictions is if the scientist with whom you'll be working is receiving a Lunenfeld Summer Studentship. Scientists will advise you if you are a Lunenfeld funded student. 

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 31, 2020.


Starbucks Clinical Genetics/Genomics Research Studentship Award

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 for the award is $6,115 for the 12-week program ($14 + 4% vacation for a 35-hour work week). 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 is January 24, 2020.

KEENAN RESEARCH CENTREeenan Research Centre - St. Michael's Hospital

Keenan Research Summer Student Program

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 must agree to participate in the program on a full-time basis and not terminate their engagement prior to the stipulated end date. Summer students work 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday 7.5/hrs per day). The summer student’s project must take place at St. Michael’s, unless the principal investigator’s office/lab is located off-site. Students hired as employees of the hospital and paid hourly wage that falls on a pay scale starting at $14. Students registered as research volunteers who wish to gain experience in a research setting (Please note: volunteer students will not be paid stipends/honorariums at any time and will solely act as volunteers).

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, 2020.

The deadline date to email PI's is April 1, 2020.


RTC Summer Research for Undergraduates @ The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum

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 must have completed, at the minimum, their second undergraduate year of a recognized university science program by May 2019. 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 work on a project assigned to them by their laboratory supervisor. In addition, students will be required to summarize their work in the form of a poster presentation at an event near the end of the summer. Students will be paid at an hourly rate of $14.00+ 4% vacation pay.  

Deadline for applications: February 28, 2020. 

MBP Summer Student Program

Program description: 12 week summer program for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students interested in interdisciplinary biological and medical research. 

Biological Science Research in: Cellular & Molecular Biology; Molecular & Structural Biology; Experimental Therapeutics; Epidemiology & Statistics; Cancer Biology; Cancer & Bioinformatics.
Medical Imaging & Physics Research in: Clinical Physics; Thermal and Photodynamic Therapy; Laser Biophysics; Ultrasound; X-Ray Detector Physics; Digital Radiography; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Electron Microscopy; Image Guided Therapy. Inquiries: Daphne Sears Tel: 416-634-8755

Deadline: Mid-January, 2020. Students may submit applications until Thursday April 30, 2020, however please be aware that MBP faculty will begin reviewing completed applications and making hiring decisions as of mid-January 2020.

Experience Awards (previously Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (IUSRA)

Experience 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 or 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 for a full 16-week period.  Organizations 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 organization.  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 15 students per eligible organization, per location, per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Deadline for applications; NSERC should receive applications from the organization at least FOUR weeks before the scheduled start date of the work term.

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. 


APDA Summer Student Fellowships

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; no paper copies will be accepted.

Deadline for applications December 2, 2019.


Summer Student Program

Each summer, Grand Challenges Canada welcomes passionate and driven students from a variety of disciplines to work as part of our team through our Summer Student Program. Grand Challenges Canada’s Summer Students will work in and across the following areas, based on their interests and experience: Operations and Finance; Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health; Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace.

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: January 19, 2018 at 4pm ET.