Research Opportunities

Hospital / Research Institutes

University Health Network, Office of Research Trainees

KITE/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
550 University Ave
Toronto, ON M5G 2A2

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

McEwen Stem Cell Institute
101 College Street

Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

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

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

The Institute for Education Research
222 St. Patrick Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1V4

Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
200 Elizabeth St.
Toronto, ON M5G 2C

The University Health Network (UHN) is Canada’s largest hospital network, encompassing 4 hospital sites and 7 research institutes with each specializing in different areas of expertise. At UHN, trainees will find outstanding patient care, partnered with cutting edge health research and multi-disciplinary collaboration. UHN provides an unparalleled opportunity for a trainee to develop and fully realize their potential as a scientist.  Each year UHN hosts over 500 summer students.

UHN does not have a formal summer student placement program, rather each prospective student establishes their own connections with UHN Principal Investigators (PIs). We recommend that students familiarize themselves with the types of research happening within our organization. Searches can be done by PI name, research institute or by research interest by visiting our website here and scrolling down to click on “view a list of UHN researchers with profiles”. Once you have determined a few PIs that are conducting research that aligns with your interests, you should contact them directly to inquire whether there is an opportunity for you in their lab. It is up to the PI whether the participation in a summer research project is on a volunteer or paid basis.

We also suggest reviewing the various summer research programs offered through departments at the University of Toronto as many of our PIs have appointments there. Within their websites you can find a listing of researchers and select those conducting research at UHN. PI websites will also specify the U of T Department(s) with which they are affiliated.


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

Office of Research Trainees
Lindsay Lustig
Phone: (416) 634-8775

Office of Research Trainees
Lindsay Lustig
Phone:  (416) 634-8775

Hospital / Research Institutes

Women’s College Research Institute

The Summer Student Research Program

76 Grenville Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1B2

Program Administrator
Kristen Dileo

International Research

Centre for International Experience

Exchange programs are a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture while earning an academic credit. On exchange, you will find yourself with locals and living close to the pulse of the host culture. The University of Toronto has agreements with various universities around the world. Depending on the host university and your interests, you can conduct research with faculty at a partner institution listed on the CIE website.

Summer Research Exchange Program

CSB397Y0 Research Abroad in Cell & Systems Biology
An independent research project conducted in a cell biology, developmental biology, plant biology, neurophysiology, or systems biology research lab in an approved partner university. The laboratory research is supervised by a faculty member at the partner institution.
Prerequisite: BIO230H1/BIO255H1/BIO271H1 with a minimum grade of 73%; permission of the CSB Undergraduate Associate Chair
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

PCL397Y0 Research Abroad in Pharmacology and Toxicology
An independent research project in a pharmacology and/or toxicology laboratory in an approved partner university. This international research experience will be supervised by a faculty member at the partner institution and will allow students to develop critical thinking and evaluation skills while applying their knowledge and trouble shooting skills to practical research questions.
Prerequisite: PCL201H1, PCL302H1, PSL300H1, PSL301H1 with a minimum grade of 65%; permission from the Undergraduate Coordinator
Enrolment Limits: Pharmacology Specialist, Biomedical Toxicology Specialist, Pharmacology Major, Toxicology Major, Pharmacology and Toxicology Specialist, Environment and Toxicology Specialist, other students in Life Sciences with the appropriate pre-requisite courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Research Abroad
HMB394Y0 International Research Project in Human Biology
Your individual, independent research project is supervised by a faculty member in an approved university. This unique opportunity to conduct a lab-based research project is open to students in any Human Biology program. Coordinated by Centre for International Experience. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs including relevant courses in human biology.
Distribution Requirement Status: Science
Breadth Requirement: None

Cumberland House
33 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2E3
Room: 204

For questions about regular exchange (including potential semester and year-long research placements):
Learning Abroad Office
Phone: (416) 978-1800

For questions about CIE Summer Research Exchange Program:
Elina Tulla

Learning Abroad Advisor & Manager – Summer Experiences
Phone: (416) 978-2115

International Research

International Course Module

The Faculty of Arts & Science’s International Course Module Program (ICMs) provides an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate an intensive international experience into the framework of existing undergraduate courses.

Since the ICMs were first introduced, more than 50 groups of students have traveled to destinations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. Modules are integrated into the course plan and travel is scheduled to coincide with Reading Week.

Student groups may submit ICM proposals with a sponsoring faculty member. See submission guidelines for complete information.

Please note:  The ICM program funds Arts & Science students and faculty only, and faculty members from Medicine wishing to apply for this program would need to provide funding for their travel.

International Research

Science Abroad

This exciting program allows science students to complete a research course at one of several prestigious research facilities located overseas.  Students will collaborate with colleagues from other countries, and explore problems of a global nature.  Through this experiential learning process, students will have the chance to relate their academic studies to real-world lab situations, while also earning course credit that will count towards their degree requirements

Professional and International Programs
Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A9

Phone:  (416) 978-8713

Research Programs

Graduate and Life Sciences Education, Faculty of Medicine will award 8 annual summer research project studentships per summer to support third or fourth year specialist and/or major students in our Basic Science departments and in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.  Non-University of Toronto students should have equivalent qualifications.  This is to provide mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students who undertake in depth study in one of our life sciences programs of study.  Each department receives one studentship per summer to be awarded to a student the department selects based on excellent academic merit and interest in future graduate training.  The award carries a value of $4,800 each.

Award Duration:
This is a 12 full week summer program, normally between May 1 and August 31


  • Students must be registered as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto and have successfully completed a term in a full-time undergraduate program directly prior to the award period.
  • University of Toronto and non-University of Toronto students may be considered.
  • Students may be considered by only one application to this program.
  • Supervisors can be named as primary supervisor for only one application through one unit to this Program.
  • Student must have obtained a cumulative cGPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students must be enrolled in a third or fourth year specialist and/or major in the Faculty of Medicine Basic Science departments and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term.
  • Be engaged on a full-time basis in research activities under the direction of an eligible supervisor
  • Interest in future graduate training
  • Has not started a program of graduate studies

In addition to these conditions, the submissions should have the following attributes

  • A designated faculty member appointed as coordinator of the summer program for each department or group.
  • A continuity of supervision for each student for the duration of the summer program, with supervisors involved in the program being members or associate members of the School of Graduate Studies.
  • An academic structure with clear accountability at the end of the summer program, e.g. required seminar presentations of students' own work.

Please Note:  It is the responsibility of Faculty Supervisor/Department Chair/Division to communicate all award/payment/reporting details to the student.

Research Programs

Research Excursions

The 398/399 Research Excursions provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their third year (i.e., after completing at least 9 but not more than 14 credits) to participate in a practical or experiential activity under the supervision of a faculty member. The practical, experiential component can take the form of research/learning in archives, laboratories, libraries, or in a field camp, etc.—but not in a classroom at another university (that is covered by the Faculty’s summer abroad and exchange programs). The projects run within the May-August period, when both Faculty and students would be able to make the time commitments necessary. Regular tuition fees apply.

Each 398H0/399Y0 has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc., and would be eligible to count towards program completion if the program sponsor (Chair or Director) so chooses. A limited number of 398H0/399Y0 courses are available each year. Faculty supervisors propose the projects and choose the students who apply.

Students must also attend a Safety Abroad Seminar. Descriptions of the projects are available on the Faculty's web site in early February.

Applications are available online and must be emailed to the supervising instructor by late February (due date indicated on the website). Students are informed in mid-March whether they have been accepted. Successful applicants are registered by the 399 office.

undergraduate.artsci@utoronto.caOffice of The Dean
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2005
100 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G3

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (398/399 Programs)

Research Programs

Research Opportunity Program

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their second year (i.e., after completing at least 4 but not more than 9 credits) to earn one course credit by participating in a faculty member’s research project. Each 299Y1/399Y1 course has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc. Not all departments or programs will necessarily participate in the ROP each year. Regular tuition fees apply.

A limited number of 299Y1/399Y1 courses are available each year. Faculty supervisors propose the projects and choose the students who apply.

Descriptions of ROP projects are available on the Faculty's web site mid-February. Students wishing to participate should email online ROP Application forms to undergraduate.artsci by the due date indicated on the website.

Students can apply to a maximum of three ROPs in total, but can accept only one project. Students are informed in early July (mid-April for Summer courses) whether they have been accepted. Successful applicants are registered by the ROP office.

Students are expected to keep a journal recording meetings, progress, and what was learned about the project in particular and the nature of research in general.

Office of The Dean
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2005
100 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G3

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (299 Programs)

Research Programs

The department awards these to students applying for summer research programs.  Please contact the department for more information.

Faculty of Medicine
Institute of Medical Sciences
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Medical Biophysics
Molecular Genetics
Nutritional Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology

Research Programs

Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program - NSERC

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.

McMurrich Building
12 Queen's Park Crescent W
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1S8
3rd Floor

Research Funding Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering
Alexander Quinn

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