2017 Externally Funded Research Opportunities


CRA Summer Studentship Programs

Applications Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017

There is a high demand for new rheumatologists in Canada. The Summer Studentship programs are an excellent way for medical students to garner experience and interest in our important subspecialty.

The CRA has an ongoing clinical Summer Studentship (sponsored by Pfizer) designed for medical students registered in a Canadian University Medical School.  This experiential program provides selected students with the opportunity to work in a clinical setting with a rheumatologist, who is a member of the CRA.

The CRA is also pleased to offer a research-based Summer Studentship designed to introduce medical students, registered in a medical school, to the subspecialty of Rheumatology.  The format of this program entails connecting a student with a CRA preceptor who has an available Rheumatology research project. These respective research projects must enable participating students to make a significant contribution over the course of the summer.

For further information on these two exciting CRA Summer Studentship programs, or if you are a student interested in registering for one of these programs, please see the attached information packages below:

Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at the University of Toronto.

Applications Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Institute of Medical Science is a graduate department at the University of Toronto.  Over the past 14 years, we have hosted a Summer Undergraduate Research Program, inviting students from select international institutions to participate in summer studentships in the labs of distinguished IMS faculty members.  From June 1st to August 24th, 2017 students will participate in projects relating to biomedical research across the University of Toronto campus and affiliated teaching hospitals.

For more information on our program please visit the International Student Application process section of our website at: http://www.ims.utoronto.ca/programs/summer.htm

Eye foundation of Canada Summer Scholarship Program 

Applications Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 EFC Summer Scholarship Announcement

The Dr. M. Daria Haust Pathology Summer Studentship, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Haust Award Cover Letter
Haust Application Form (PDF)
Haust Application Form (.docx)

If you would like additional information regrding the clinical opportunities, p
lease contact Dr. David Hurlbut, Director of the KGH Autopsy Service and Kingston Reginal Forensic Pathology Unit for further information. 
Telephone: 613-549-6666 x3506
Email: hurlbutd@kgh.kari.net

For questions regarding the application process please contact Barb Latimer bal@queensu.ca.

Ontario Drug Policy Research Network Student Training Program

Overview of ODPRN
The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) involves leading clinical researchers from five medical schools across Ontario. Its primary objective is to generate scientifically sound evidence on drug utilization, safety, and effectiveness for the purpose of informing drug policy decisions. The three core principles of the ODPRN are: scientific rigor, timeliness, and policy-relevance.
Please visit our website for more information about ODPRN and our research: http://www.odprn.ca/

Overview of the Student Training Program
The ODPRN Student Training Program is seeking a motivated and hard-working Master’s or undergraduate (including medicine and pharmacy) summer student with a strong interest in drug policy research. The successful candidate will receive $6000 for three months. This does not cover potential costs associated with project-dependent resources that may be required.

The main objectives of the program are:
1. To allow the opportunity for students to conduct drug safety and policy research
2. To train students in the processes involved in using the administrative databases available at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) when relevant to their project
3. To support trainees in their endeavours to work through a drug policy-relevant research project
4. To establish a multidisciplinary environment that allows the students to collaborate with individuals, including other trainees, researchers, physicians, and policy-makers
5. To expose the trainees to real life policy decision-making processes

Program Components
The successful candidates will be involved in the following program components:
  • The main aspect of the training program will involve the undertaking of an independent drug policy research project such as a systematic review, economic analysis, observational study, etc.
  • Projects may involve use of Ontario healthcare databases housed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) if data already exists or if projects can be covered by external funding
  • Attendance of webinars where Core Academic Unit (CAU) members and/or policy-makers will present on a specific research area
  • Participation in webinars where students will deliver presentations on research progress
  • Involvement in a drug policy experience, which may include attendance at policy meetings or telephone correspondence with policy-makers
Application Timeline
  • Submission deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Notice of final decision: April 1, 2017
  • Program/funding start date: May 1, 2017 (flexible)

Eligibility Criteria
  • Must be enrolled in a Master’s or undergraduate program (including medicine and pharmacy) with strong interests in drug policy research
  • Cannot concurrently hold any other major scholarships (i.e., CIHR, OGS); however, students are eligible to hold a DSECT and an ODPRN award concurrently
  • Must be able to commit to working on ODPRN project full-time (40 hours/week) throughout the summer term
  • For students interested in conducting an ICES project, their supervisor or co-supervisor must be an ICES Scientist and have funds and/or existing data to support the project work
  • Must identify a CAU member who is willing to support the application and agrees to act as a key resource throughout the program (please see Appendix listing CAU members and their contact information)

Application Instructions

ODPRN Application Form

Please email or mail the following documents to Racquel Jandoc (contact information below):

  • The completed and signed application form
  • A detailed CV describing the following information: educational attainment, research experience, awards/scholarships received, relevant presentations and publications
  • A one-page statement of interest describing:
    • How research interests are consistent with the program
    • A proposed drug policy research project (please see Appendix on descriptions of drugpolicy projects)
  • Copies of all university transcripts (do not need to be official transcripts)
  • Two letters of reference from two academic/professional mentors who can comment on your research abilities
  • A letter from a CAU member with a declaration that they are willing to supervise you in their capacity working with ODPRN (this is in addition to the reference letters unless CAU member is already your primary supervisor)

Please submit applications and/or direct any questions to:
Racquel Jandoc, MSc
ODPRN Student Training Program Coordinator
Room ELL-215, Victoria Hospital
800 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario N6A 5W9
Phone: 519-685-8500 x77849
Email: racquel.jandoc@ices.on.ca

The Dr. Marc L. Smith Memorial Summer Studentship In Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
 Summer 2017 Clinical Experience

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is offering a funded summer clinical experience during the months of June, July and August (minimum 6, maximum 8 weeks). This experience is typically reserved for a second year medical student, however first year medical students may also be considered.


The student will gain experience in the departmental rehabilitation programs, including: acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputee, stroke and general musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Under the supervision of each of the seven Attending Physiatrists, the student will attend ambulatory clinics in the various specialty areas of rehabilitation, physical medicine and electromyography. The student will also have an opportunity to participate in inpatient rounds with the interdisciplinary team, and follow an inpatient throughout their rehabilitation stay. In addition to learning about the practice of PM&R, there will be the opportunity to improve neuromusculoskeletal clinical skills.


The student is expected to make a presentation on a clinical topic to the members of the department, and will be encouraged to work on a submission to the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation medical student essay contest: http://www.capmr.ca/2-uncategorised/303-medical-student-essay-contest.


Interested applicants are asked to contact:

Dr. Jessica Trier  jessica.trier@queensu.ca  or 613-533-6290.   

Letters of application accompanied by CV should be directed to Dr. Trier’s email address and copied to heather-ann.thompson@queensu.ca no later than February 28, 2017.