Research Opportunities

Research Programs

University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program funded by the Vice-President Research.  The UTEA program provides eligible undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct summer research projects under the supervision of eligible U of T faculty members. 

To provide opportunities for research experience at the undergraduate level in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) or social sciences and humanities (SSH); to augment the formal research courses offered by the University of Toronto; to give undergraduate students opportunities to experience different approaches to research in various fields; to help students learn and appreciate the investigative methodology of areas of particular interest; and to provide students with an experience that will allow them to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in research.

The UTEA is an allocation-based program, through which a Division is allocated a number of UTEA awards.

Please check with your department for more information if available.

Research Services
McMurrich Building
12 Queen’s Park Crescent West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1S8
3rd Floor

Michael Hussey
Research Funding Manager, Internal Programs
(416) 978-3211

Shanna Pritchard, PMP
Research Funding Officer, Internal Programs
(416) 978-7118



Summer Research Studentships

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

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.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

Summer Research Studentships

Hannah Studentship

Hanna 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.

Application Deadline: February 20, 2017

Summer Research Studentships

AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Award (NEW!)

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.)

Application Deadline: January 20, 2017

Summer Research Studentships

Banting and Best Diabetes Centre

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.

200 Elizabeth Street
Eaton Building, 12th Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2C4
Room: 12E248

General Inquires:
Sanam Tajadod
Phone: (416) 978-3498

Program Coordinator
Dr. Priska Stahel




Summer Research Studentships

Summer Internship Program (SIP)

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:

Application Deadline:  No competition planned for 2020

Summer Research Studentships

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.

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2019

Summer Research Studentships

Canadian Foundation for Infestious Disease (CFID)

CFID Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

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 Research Studentships

Summer Studentships in Inherited Bleeding Disorders Research

The Canadian Hemophilia Society will support interested Canadian Medical or Science students to work for up to 4 months during the Summer of 2016 on a research project relevant to inherited bleeding disorders. Stipend: $6,000.00. Medical students in any year/Science students in 3rd or 4th year. 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, 2017

Summer Research Studentships

Canadian Liver Foundation Research Grant Program

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