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SRI Summer Student Research Program

An image of students at the 2011 poster competition, about 50 in all.

Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) offers a Summer Student Research Program that provides undergraduate students with a unique hospital-based research experience and showcases the postgraduate environment as a prospective career. Within this program, SRI provides an orientation and a seminar series, whereby leading faculty talk about their research, and hosts an end-of-summer poster competition. The summer employment term runs from May to September.


For all our student programs, with the exception of Focused Ultrasound, students must be enrolled in a university program (it does not need to be the University of Toronto) and hold at least a B+ average in their most recent year of study. Students who have recently completed a program before the summer but who demonstrate strong evidence of an intended career trajectory in medical research may be considered. Students holding a visa are eligible only if the visa permits.

How to apply

Scientists looking for a summer student generally post positions on the careers section of the website. Students are encouraged to check there, and contact scientists with whom they are interested in working. For Brain Sciences and Focused Ultrasound, follow the links in the sidebar menu for separate application instructions. 

When you get here

Students who are successful in obtaining summer employment will receive an orientation at the beginning of the term. Students are encouraged to attend the weekly summer student seminar series to gain exposure to a variety of research areas and topics, and to interact with scientists and other students.

Poster competition

Every year, students who have been funded through the SRI Summer Student Research Program and any other research summer student who has been hired through Sunnybrook's research administration are invited to participate in the poster competition and showcase their research projects.

Previous years' summer research project competition recaps

Frequently asked questions

What is the deadline to apply?

The application process is now closed. Students are strongly encouraged to connect with a potential supervisor and inquire for future opportunities.

What is the value of the award?

The stipend associated with this studentship will vary from about $5,800 to $6,600, depending on the student's year of undergraduate program and the length of his or her placement at SRI.

How many students will be given awards?

The SRI Summer Studentship Award is designed to attract outstanding university students into postgraduate careers. Awards of $3,200 will be given to the top 25 ranked applications. A panel of Sunnybrook graduate students and postdoctoral fellows chaired by Dr. Joanne McLaurin will review the applications.