Research Opportunities

Summer Research Studentships

CANHEART 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

Summer Research Studentships

endMS Summer Research Assistantship Grant

This grant provides eligible principal investigators (P.I’s), on a competitive basis, with a $5,000 grant for one summer term to hire a named undergraduate or medical student of their choice to work on a well-defined MS-related research project in their lab. This program aims to attract and support researchers to explore the field of MS and further MS research, while enabling students to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of MS and interest in MS research.

For more information on this competition, including eligibility criteria, application guidelines and instructions, please refer to the Applications and Guidelines' documents on the website. After reviewing these documents, please direct any inquiries to

The endMS Summer Studentship Program will not be offered in 2017.

Summer Research Studentships

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

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.  Companies 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 company.  I‑USRAs can be held within the Canadian-based research facilities of any Canadian private-sector organization eligible to host an I-USRA. 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 company per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

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

Summer Research Studentships

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 Research Studentships

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.