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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 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. The program, which runs from May to late August, starts with an orientation to SRI, and is followed by regular seminars whereby leading faculty talk about their research. In August, students present their work at the Summer Student Poster Competition.

Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2022. Deadline: Friday, March 25th at 4 p.m.


For all our student programs, with the exception of the Focused Ultrasound High School Summer Research Program, 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 show 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

Students interested in a summer placement should contact scientists with whom they are interested in working. It is good practice to send them your resume, cover letter, and transcript when you reach out to express your interest. Once you and your supervisor have agreed to apply for the program, you will work together to complete and submit an application. Please note applications are due March 25, 2022 at 4 p.m. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2022. For the summer student programs in Brain Sciences and Focused Ultrasound, follow the links for separate application instructions.

When you get to SRI

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 seminar series to gain exposure to a variety of research areas and topics, and to interact with scientists and other students.

Summer Student 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 showcase their research projects by participating in the Summer Student Poster Competition.

Read about previous years’ summer research project competitions.

Frequently asked questions

What is the deadline to apply?

March 25, 2022, 4 p.m. Please check back for more information on how to apply.

What is the value of the award?

The stipend associated with this studentship will vary from about $6,300 to $7,000, depending on the student's year of undergraduate program and the length of their 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.

Who can I contact for more information?

Questions can be directed towards our Summer Student Program Co-ordinator at