Research Opportunities

Hospital / Research Institutes

3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 2E1

Research Training Centre
Dr. Rosanne Aleong
Phone:  (416) 785-2500 Ext. 2905;

Hospital / Research Institutes

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Research at CAMH

Student placements at CAMH

Please note: Students interested in becoming CAMH Research trainees should review the scientific profiles available on the CAMH website, identify researchers working in their area of interest, and contact them directly about any current opportunities, with a short introductory e-mail and a copy of their CV.

CAMH Main Toronto sites:

CAMH operates central clinical and research facilities in Toronto. We also have 8 locations throughout the province that provide communities with education and support for program development, health promotion and prevention. Our main sites in Toronto are: 

Queen Street site (Queen and Ossington)
1001 Queen Street West
30, 40, 50 and 60 White Squirrel Way
100 and 101 Stokes Street
80 Workman Way 
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1H4

College Street site (including CAMH's Emergency Department)
250 College Street (College and Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1R8

Russell Street site (Russell and Spadina)
33 Russell Street 
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S1

Research Services

Hospital / Research Institutes

Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis. For available opportunities, see current research projects and accompanying lab links or search by program on the home page.

160 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3E1

Administrative Assitant
Annie Chan
Phone:  (416) 978-8861
Room: 230

Hospital / Research Institutes

150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 1R8

Shalini Rajesjwaran
Research Operations Coordinator
Phone: 416 425 6220 Ext 6432


Hospital / Research Institutes

Hospital for Sick Children
Sick Kids Research Institute

The SickKids Summer Research Program (SSuRE)

The SickKids Summer Research (SSuRe) program runs for 15 weeks from early May to mid-August. The program, open to all undergraduates working on a research project under the supervision of a SickKids scientist for the summer, includes orientation, training, social events, weekly scientific and professional development seminars presented by Hospital and Research Institute staff members, a career exploration and networking event, and the annual SSuRe Symposium Day, which includes a poster session and oral presentations by summer program participants.

Students hired as SickKids research summer students must provide proof of enrollment in an undergraduate program during the current academic year in which they are applying, or provide proof that they are entering an academic program (undergraduate or graduate) in the Fall following the summer program completion. Students will be paid at least the current minimum wage + 6% vacation pay. Summer students may also apply through their supervisor for external funding (e.g. CIHR summer studentship, NSERC USRA). No minimum grade point average (GPA) is required to be eligible to apply for a research summer student position at SickKids, but note that these positions are highly competitive and a strong GPA is advantageous. Specific start and end dates and hours worked are arranged directly with the hiring scientists.

A list of open positions, including the scientists recruiting summer students, descriptions of the available positions, and application forms, are posted to the SickKids website in mid-December. Each scientist will indicate the method by which they wish to receive applications (i.e. email, fax, mail). The method(s) indicated are the only way to apply to each scientist on the list; 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 summer students.

Many scientists choose not to post positions on the SickKids website but are still accepting summer student applications, so students may also contact individual scientists directly by email, before or after the posted position deadline, to inquire about summer research opportunities.

Deadline for applications posted on the SSuRe Program website: January 31, 2020
Deadline to be hired via a direct application to a SickKids scientist: none

Starbucks Clinical Genetics /Genomics Research Studentship Award 2019

Starbucks Clinical Genetics/Genomics Research Studentship Award 2019

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 students to participate in a clinical genetics/genomics research project at the Hospital for Sick Children for a 12-week term (May-August). The research project that the awarded students will participate in will be chosen by the Starbucks Students Award Committee.

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. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

The stipend for the award is $6,115 for the 12-week program ($14 + 4% vacation for a 35-hour work week). To apply students must submit the following: a letter outlining your past relevant experience, your objectives and how this experience might ultimately support your future goals, a current CV, university level transcripts, and two letters of reference. Letters of reference should be sent directly from the referee to Khadine Wiltshire. 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.

Applications should be submitted to Khadine Wiltshire, Research Administrator, at, no later than Friday February 15, 2019 by midnight. Please note “Starbucks Student Award” in the subject line.

For any questions or further information, please contact Khadine at

Deadline for applications is February 16, 2018

Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children
Peter Giligan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 0A4

Administrative Assistant, Research Training Centre
Grace Park
Phone: (416) 813-7654 Ext. 301426

Coordinator, Research Training Centre
Melissa Dalgleish
General inquiries, Graduate Studentships and Postdoctoral Fellowships (Restracomp), Clinician-Scientist Training Program (CSTP)
Phone: (416) 813-7781
maternity leave from July 20, 2018 until August 2019)

Hospital / Research Institutes

Mount Sinai Hospital
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

RTC Summer Research Program for Undergraduates at Lunenfeld

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.  

Application Deadline:  March 4, 2019.

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
600 University Avenue, 850-1
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X5

Coordinator, Research Training Centre
Susan Chou
Phone:  (416) 586-4800 Ext. 8407
Room: 850-1

Hospital / Research Institutes

St. Michaels Hospital
Li KaShing Knowledge Institute
Keenan Research Centre

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 are also involved in educational programming such as seminars, networking activities and a poster competition. Students can participate in the program in a paid or volunteer capacity; it is up to the PI’s discretion and funding which wage you will be paid or if you will conduct your research project as a volunteer.

Students must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate university program at the time of submitting their paperwork to the PI (at minimum application, CV and cover letter – you may be asked for transcriptions or references; please see the website for full details). Students must agree to participate in the program on a full-time basis; 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.

Application period: January 1st, 2018 to March, 31st, 2018 – it is recommended that you apply early in the application period.

Deadline for applications to principal investigators: April 1, 2018.

How do I apply to the program and when can I contact PIs?

  1. Students must first align themselves with a St. Michael's Principal Investigator (PI). Look at the list of PIs and select a few who conduct research relevant to your interests. Find a Principal Investigator at St. Michael’s. 
  2. Complete one application form per PI who you will contact. Ensure that you tailor each application form to the specific PI you wish to work with. For example, if you submit an application to a PI saying you are interested in mouse models and that PI’s research does not involve mouse models, you will not be a successful candidate. Please note: It is up to the PI whether they will engage you for the summer and if you will be paid or a volunteer. Application forms will be available on the KRSS webpage mid-October 2017.
  3. Email your application along with your CV, transcripts and references to the respective PI within the application period (January 1st, 2018 to March, 31st, 2018). Please do not contact PIs outside of the application period.

The Office of Research Administration does not assist individuals in finding a Principal Investigator to work with at St. Michael's either as a paid employee or a research volunteer. It is up to the individual to find a Principal Investigator at St. Michael's who is doing work that they are interested in and contact them directly. 

Many St. Michael's Principal Investigators are affiliated with the University of Toronto and you can also go through the departments at the university to get a listing of researchers.

St. Michaels Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1W8

Office of Research Administration
250 Yonge Street - 6th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5B 2L7

Keenan Research Training Centre

Keenan Research Summer Student Program

Office of Research Administration
Cordelia Cooper
Research Employment Coordinator
Phone:  (416) 864-3077

Hospital / Research Institutes

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Research Institute
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5

Hospital / Research Institutes

University Health Network, Office of Research Trainees

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2M9

Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
200 Elizabeth St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2C4

Krembil Research Institute
399 Bathurst St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 2S8

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
550 University Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2A2

Techna Institute
124-100 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1L5

Office of Research Trainees (ORT)
University Health Network
101 College Street, Suite 13-701
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1L7

Office of Research Trainees
Nisha Ganeswaren
Phone:  (416) 634-8775

Hospital / Research Institutes

Women’s College Research Institute

WCRI Undergraduate Summer Program

76 Grenville St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1B2
6th Floor