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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. The program provides undergraduate students with a unique hospital-based research experience and showcases the postgraduate environment as a prospective career. The employment term runs from May to September. The program 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.


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

Scientists looking for a summer student generally post positions on the careers section of the website; however, students interested in a summer placement should contact scientists with whom they are interested in working. 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?

The application process for 2020 studentships is open. The deadline for supervisors to apply for funding is Friday March 27, 2020.
Successful applicants (supervisors) will be notified by April 30, 2020.

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.