About the Amgen Scholars Canada Program

The Amgen Scholars Canada Program is an immersive, 10-week program of research experience, professional development and social activities. Program features include:

Research experience

  • Conducting research in the laboratory of a leading U of T faculty mentor 
  • The Distinguished Scientist Seminar series
  • Laboratory journal clubs 
  • Program capstone research day oral or poster presentation
  • Participation in the National Amgen Scholars Program Symposium in California

Professional development – workshops and seminars on:

  • Science communication, oral and written
  • The life as a scientist
  • Science career exploration
  • Graduate school preparation with graduate coordinators

Social activities

  • A welcome event
  • A variety of quintessential Toronto activities which may include a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game, an escape room at Casa Loma, an evening visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario, the CN Tower and Skywalk, Canada Day celebrations and a visit to the Toronto Islands
  • Scholar-led activities

Program Benefits

All participants in the program receive the following benefits:

  • Opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers
  • Hands-on laboratory research experience
  • $6,500 CAD stipend
  • Accommodation at New College on the historic University of Toronto St. George campus
  • Paid travel expenses to and from Toronto for the program  
  • Meal subsidy 
  • All expenses paid participation in the National Amgen Scholars Program Symposium in California in July
  • Additional benefits include participation in career development events, social activities and sightseeing in Toronto and Ontario and access to the University of Toronto libraries, lectures and more!


Current undergraduate students who are academically excellent, passionate about biomedical science and interested in pursuing a career in science are encouraged to apply.  

To apply you must meet the following requirements:

  • Current enrollment at an accredited university in Canada as a second, third or non-graduating fourth year undergraduate student 
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • An interest in pursuing an M.Sc., Ph.D. or an M.D./Ph.D.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale)

The Amgen Scholars Canada Program particularly encourages applications from students who identify as part of a historically marginalized group(s) or face barriers to accessing research opportunities. No previous research experience is required to apply to this program but basic laboratory experience, such as an undergraduate laboratory course component, would be an asset.

Scholarly Requirements

The Amgen Scholars Program is a comprehensive program that includes activities that will take time during your weekends and weeknights, as well as during the day. Please consider carefully if the program is right for you: you are expected to prioritize Amgen Scholars Program activities during the 10 weeks of the program. Notably, Amgen Scholars are unable to take courses or to work for the duration of the program.

As an Amgen Scholar you are expected to fulfill the following expectations

  • Full-time participation in the 10 continuous weeks of the research experience (May 15 – July 21 2023)
  • Join in laboratory events such as lab meetings and department lectures
  • Attend social and professional development events as required by the program
  • Participate in the Amgen Scholars launch party and capstone symposium
  • Attend the National Amgen Scholars Program Symposium in California in July
  • Live in the campus accommodations at New College on campus in vibrant downtown Toronto
  • Complete Amgen Scholars Program evaluations 


How many students are accepted to the Amgen Scholars Canada Program?
There are 15 students accepted each year. 

Should I contact faculty that I am interested in having serve as a mentor?
No, please do not contact faculty until after you have been accepted into the program. 

When will I know if I have been accepted?
All successful and waitlisted applicants will be contacted on March 1.  Unfortunately, we are not able to contact all applicants.

I am currently a student at the University of Toronto. Am I able to apply?
Yes! Current students at the University of Toronto are welcome to apply. 

I am in my final year of university. Am I able to apply?
Unfortunately, no. If you are in your fourth year of study and returning for a fifth year, you are eligible. If you are in your fourth year (or third year) and not returning for another year of undergraduate study, you are not eligible.