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This list is not exhaustive. Please talk to your professors and staff in your department, and check the internet, to find other opportunities which may be available to you.

About dates and deadlines: Programs are listed here according to application deadline. Some programs are listed with last year's deadlines (2012-2013) if the new deadlines (2013-2014) are not yet available; check their website for possible updates. Deadlines have passed for some programmes; they are listed for reference purposes because many of them will be offered again next year, likely with similar deadlines.

See also the listing of "Other opportunities from previous years".

This list is provided for reference only; mention of a programme does not necessarily imply endorsement by McGill University.

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SUS SOAR: Summer Opportunities And Research - The Science Undergraduate Society maintains this online searchable database of research opportunities in other Canadian provinces to help students find summer research opportunities and other activities in their home provinces or province of choice.


Mitacs Globalink Research Award

The Mitacs Globalink - Research Award provides up to $5,000 toward student travel for research collaborations between students and faculty in Canada and their counterparts in the following partner countries: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam. Interested faculty and students develop a research plan for a proposed 12-24-week project, which is submitted to Mitacs for funding consideration. Following Mitacs approval, students travel to the partner country and begin the project under the joint supervision of the host and home faculty members. More information.
Deadline: Ongoing; "Applications are accepted at any time. Mitacs recommends that applicants submit proposals 10-12 weeks prior to the student’s projected departure date. Results are typically announced within 4 weeks."


Research Internships at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne / Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland)

This program offers a three, four, or six month internship in research laboratories from all five schools of EPFL, starting at any time of the year. Successful and selected students obtain a prestigious Scholarship of Excellence which enables them to cover the main costs of living as well as some of the travelling expenses. EPFL allows students to pursue both this research internship and the semester student exchange program (one before or after the other). More information.
Deadline: Ongoing; "Send your application 6 months before your wished starting date."


Internship Program; Study and Internship Program: UAS7 (German universities of applied sciences)

  • Study and Internship Program: Study one semester at a UAS7 campus then intern at a company or organization, or a research lab on a UAS7 campus.
  • Internship Program: hands-on research opportunities in a research lab or institute on a UAS7 campus.

Research at UAS7 member campuses is application-oriented and typically geared towards the needs of regional business and industry. In many cases German is not required, but a willingness to learn some basic German is always helpful. Open to all undergraduate students regardless of your nationality as long as you are enrolled at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university. Scholarships are available. More information
Two deadlines: September 15, 2013, and February 15, 2014.


RISE: Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange

RISE is a summer student exchange program for undergraduates in the chemical sciences who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study by the end of the school year in which they apply. Successful applicants will be awarded summer employment in the research group of a RISE group member at one of the participating institutions (not their own), plus a small travel allowance. More information.
Deadline: Typically November 1, 2013; some participating institutions may have earlier deadlines.


Inorganic Chemistry Exchange

The Inorganic Chemistry Exchange program offers summer employment opportunities to undergraduate students in chemistry, who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study as of May 2013. Up to 9 qualified candidates from across Canada will be awarded employment as a summer research assistant at an institution other than their own, in the laboratory of one of the ICE faculty members. More information.
Deadline: November 1, 2013.


Summer Studentships in Hemophilia Research - Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS)

The Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) will support interested Canadian Medical or Science students to work for up to 4 months during the Summer doing research on a research project relevant to inherited bleeding disorders. More information.
Deadline: November 15, 2013.


IAESTE - International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

IAESTE is an international exchange program that enables students to gain international work experience through a paid and career-related job overseas. Jobs are in industrial, academic and other organizations; many of these jobs are in research and development ("work of a laboratory nature"). For Canadian students who have independently found a job abroad in an IAESTE member country, IAESTE Canada can also help with acquiring a work permit. IAESTE does not have placements in business, social sciences or psychology; see "Duration and Eligibility" for a list of disciplines. IAESTE does charge fees. More information - Canadian website; More information - international website. Deadline: December 13, 2013.


The Kupcinet-Getz International Summer Science School (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Each summer a select number of outstanding undergraduate students from all over the world participate in research projects in mathematics and computer science, physics, chemistry and life sciences. Each student is associated to a laboratory or a theoretical research project under the supervision of an experienced scientist; they experience science first hand by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute. Eight weeks. More information.
Deadline: December 31.


CERN programs for students

At CERN (in Geneva, Switzerland), the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. CERN offers various opportunities for students, including summer student programmes to join in the day-to-day work of research teams. The program through which you can apply depends on your nationality/citizenship. Note that Canada is not a CERN member state. More information-general; Specific information for Canadians.
Deadline: Check website for your particular programme. Most have deadlines of January 31, 2014.


Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada - Studentships

The Brain Tumour Research Studentship program has been developed to accelerate brain tumour research and encourage new, young researchers to join the field. The program opens on an annual basis to first-year medical students and first, second or third-year undergraduate science students pursuing a four-year Bachelor of Science degree. Research studentships offer funding for two summers of research work. More information
Deadline: January 17, 2014.


Hospital for Sick Children - SickKids Summer Research Program

This program provides opportunities for university students to conduct research in a laboratory/clinical setting at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) under the supervision of a Research Institute Scientist. To be eligible, students must be in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of an undergraduate degree program. This 12-week program runs between the months of May and July. More information.
Deadline: "Applications for the 2014 Summer Program will become available 2nd week of December." (In 2013, the deadline was January 18.)


Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program - Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto)

The goal of the Program is to introduce undergraduate and medical students to the field of diabetes research and to encourage research in diabetes and its complications as a career. Students will be required to work full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks between May 1 and August 31. (This competition is not restricted to University of Toronto students.) More information.
Deadline: January 20, 2014.


TRIUMF

TRIUMF is Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics. It offers the opportunity to Canadian students to experience the excitement of research at a national laboratory such as TRIUMF. More information.
Deadline: January 22, 2014.


Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) - Summer Student Fellowships

This program supports students in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal is to cultivate an early interest in the cause(s) and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease. Typically, summer fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of laboratory work. This program is open to both national and international applicants. More information.
Deadline: "This application period typically opens in December and closes at the end of January."


Summer Research Fellowships - The Endocrine Society

he Endocrine Society offers Summer Research Fellowships to encourage promising undergraduate students, medical students and first year graduate school students to pursue careers in endocrinology. The Society provides a stipend to each student award recipient to participate in research projects under the guidance of a Society member for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer. More information.
Deadline: January 30, 2014? Check website; "application will be available in November 2013".


DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

RISE gives students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and physics the chance to spend a summer working with German doctoral students for 2-3 months on serious research projects. (In addition to this DAAD RISE program, see also the DAAD RISE professional program described elsewhere on this webpage.) More information.
Deadline: January 31, 2014.


DAAD RISE professional (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

This program offers unique opportunities for science and engineering students from the United States and Canada interested in gaining serious practical experience in Germany. RISE professional is for recent graduates, Master and PhD students from North American universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology and physics (or a closely related field) are invited to apply. Undergraduates who are RISE alumni or former DAAD scholarship holders are also eligible. German language requirements depend on the nature of the internship. (See also the other "regular" DAAD RISE ("non-professional") program described elsewhere on this webpage.) More information.
Deadline: January 31, 2014.


Summer Studentships in Gastroenterology

The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG), in collaboration with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC), is pleased to offer Summer Student Scholarships for Research in Gastroenterology. These scholarships are designed to provide short-term financial support for undergraduates who wish to obtain introductory training in research in the field of Gastroenterology. More information.
Deadline: January 31, 2014.


Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Life Science Students - School of Life Sciences, EPFL, Switzerland

The Summer Research Program in Life Sciences and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), will offer an intensive research training opportunity to 25 undergraduate students interested in research careers in life sciences. This program will run from July 4 to August 28, 2013.
More information.
Deadline: Check website; "Applications for Summer 2014 will open in mid-November". (Previous deadline: January 31, 2013.)


Summer Student Program - Sandra Rotman Centre and Grand Challenges Canada - Toronto, Ontario

The Sandra Rotman Centre and Grand Challenges Canada’s Summer Student Program offers university students a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful work experience in the field of global health, communications, finance, or grant administration. More information.
Deadline: Check website; "Please watch for the posting of the application site for the summer 2014 session in December 2013." (Previous deadline: January 31, 2013.)


Summer Studentships - Cystic Fibrosis of Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada Summer Studentships are intended to provide financial support for the three-month period June to August, and are awarded for a single summer. Summer Students are eligible to apply for an award in successive years. More information.
Deadline: February 1. (Note that applications must be made by the proposed supervisor on behalf of a student.)


Associated Medical Services Hannah Studentship

This award offers students from all undergraduate faculties the opportunity to study and learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history. Students will participate in research projects in the areas of history of health, disease or medicine for a period of 3 months. More information.
Deadline: February 1, 2013.


American Physiological Society (APS) - Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students to pursue a career as a basic research scientist. These fellowships are to support full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory research experience to work in the laboratory of an established investigator. There is no citizenship restriction. Final-year/graduating students are not eligible to apply. More information.
Deadline: February 2, 2013.


American Physiological Society (APS) - Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships

This program funds 6 full-time undergraduate students with significant prior laboratory research experience to work for 10 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator. There is no citizenship restriction. Final-year/graduating students are eligible to apply. More information.
Deadline: February 2, 2013.


American Psychological Association - Summer Science Fellowship

The APA offers this expenses-paid, six week, intensive summer training program at George Mason University, in the Washington, D.C. area. Placements may be available in: Applied Developmental Psychology; Biopsychology; Clinical Psychology; Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology; Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Neuroscience; School Psychology. Eligibility is strictly limited to rising college seniors at U.S. or Canadian colleges and universities. U.S. citizenship is not required. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. More information.
Deadline: February 10, 2014.


Starbucks Clinical Genetics/Genomics Research Studentship Award — The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

The Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics and the new Centre for Genetic Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children are offering an annual summer student award to enable a student to participate in a clinical genetics/genomics research project for a 12 week term. More information.
Deadline: February 11, 2013


B.C. Cancer Studentships

For senior undergraduate university students and/or junior medical or dental students seeking hands-on training in cancer research in British Columbia. These summer studentships may address any discipline of cancer research including clinical, translational, basic, behavioural and population research areas. Preference will be given to students who are residents of British Columbia or who may be from out of province but are full-time students at a university in British Columbia. More information.
Deadline: February 13, 2013.


MBARI Summer Internship Program - Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, California, USA

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's summer internship program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks in 2014 (June 9–August 15) to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision. Program includes a stiped; partial travel support may be available. More information.
Deadline: February 13, 2014.


Undergraduate research grants—Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Up to $3,000 available for undergraduate students for geographical research projects that contribute to the completion of the undergraduate student's academic programme. Awards are restricted to projects that are undertaken in Canada, by Canadian residents, and that address some element of the country’s geography. More information.
Deadline: February 14.


Canadian Blood Services - Summer Internship Program (SIP)

This program is meant to to attract and support students at Canada’s post-secondary institutions to contribute to, and experience from, working on projects within any division of Canadian Blood Services. All full-time students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in an accredited university or college located in Canada are eligible to apply. More information.
Deadline: February 15, 2013.


RTC Summer Research Program for Undergraduates @ The Lunenfeld - Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex, Toronto

This program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work throughout the summer on a project assigned to them by their laboratory supervisor gaining valuable experience and research skills. Students must have completed, at the minimum, their second undergraduate year of a recognized university science program. Three months, full-time hours. More information.
Deadline: February 15, 2013.


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA) - Summer Student Fellowship

Undergraduate students spend 10-12 weeks in the summer getting hands-on oceanographic research experience and working with world-class scientists and engineers in WHOI's Summer Student Fellowship program. Open to non-American students. Program offers stipend, housing, and travel support. More information.
Deadline: February 15 each year.


Caltech SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program - Pasadena, California, USA

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), for a 10-week period, with a financial award. International students are eligible to participate in SURF on the Caltech campus; however, only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for SURFs at JPL. More information.
Deadline: February 22.


Undergraduate Summer Research Program - Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto

This program is offered to current full-time students registered in either Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, or Dentistry. Applicants must have completed at least one full year of an undergraduate program to be eligible. This program is offered to any student registered in an accredited university. Students are encouraged to contact IBBME professors to discuss potential positions and projects. More information.
Deadline: 2014 information not yet available, but in 2013, the deadline was extended to February 25, 2013.


endMS Research Training Network - Summer Studentship Awards

The endMS Summer Studentship Award provides promising undergraduate or medical students with $5000 to work on MS-related projects under the direction of a supervisor in Canada whose research is relevant to the field of MS. This program is focused on enabling students to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of MS and interest in MS research. More information.
Deadline: Check website for deadline; "The 2014 endMS Summer Studentship Award competition will launch in early 2014." (Previous deadline: February 25, 2013.)


Merck: Summer Student opportunities

Merck is a leading biopharmaceutical research company. "The summer Student Program provides summer employment opportunities for students who are registered full-time in a post-secondary, vocational or technical program and are intending to return to full-time studies in the following academic year. Summer opportunities might be offered in the following areas: General Office Work; Marketing; Finance; Production." More information.
Deadline: "[P]lease consult our career site during the month of March (student must apply on the posting to be eligible)."


Meakins-Christie Summer Studentships

The Meakins Christie Laboratories are the centre of respiratory research at McGill University. More information.
Deadline: March 4, 2013.


SCN (Stem Cell Network) Undergraduate Research Training Award & Co-op Award

These awards provide salary support for an undergraduate or co-op student to work on a stem cell-focused research project in the lab of a SCN PI over two four-month work terms. In addition, the SCN Undergraduate Research Training/Co-op awards also covers the travel and accommodation costs for the student to present their research at a subsequent Till & McCulloch Meeting (TMM). More information.
Deadline: March 4, 2013; also September 5, 2013


SCN (Stem Cell Network) Social Sciences Summer Student Award

This studentship provides salary support for one four-month work-term for a summer student to work on a research project with clear relevance to stem cells. In addition, the award also covers the travel and accommodation costs for the student to present their research at a subsequent Till & McCulloch Meeting (TMM). Applicants must be working towards their undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in social sciences (or related fields; i.e.; ethics, law) at a Canadian University. More information.
Deadline: March 4, 2013


Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program (BUSRP) - Western University, London, Ontario

The Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program provides an excellent opportunity for 10 to 15 undergraduate students to obtain research experience during the summer (May 1 - August 16). For 3rd year students enrolled in a Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, or Genetics program. More information.
Deadline: March 6, 2013, 4:00pm


Child & Family Research Institute (Vancouver, BC)—Summer Studentships, Summer Student Research Education Program

The Child & Family Research Institute exposes students to research in the area of children's and women's health. The Summer Student Research Program offers well-motivated students, with records of exceptional academic performance, an opportunity to work closely with an investigator on a specific research project. Students will work for a period of up to 12 weeks and participate in a 8 week summer seminar program held during the summer. Out-of province applicants are welcome to apply. More information.
Deadline: Check website; "Updated application forms will be available December 2013"; "Registration forms are available in early January and are due mid-March."


Excellence in Science contest - Quebec government

This program encourages women to pursue careers and academic disciplines in which women are under-represented. The annual contest includes both cash prizes and work placements in a laboratory in France. More information.
Deadline: March 14, 2014


Undergraduate research bursaries, Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

La Fondation universitaire Armand-Frappier de l’INRS offers awards to undergraduates specialized in the field of human, animal or environmental health to undertake a summer research project in a lab of the Centre INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier Centre. More information.
Deadline: Mars 14, 2014, 16:30


Society for Vascular Surgery - Student Research Fellowship

This program stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate and medical school students registered at universities in the United States and Canada. The award is designed for students to spend a meaningful period of time on a project either in a block of several months or spread out over a longer period of time, not to exceed 12 months. The minimum full time commitment is two months. The awards are made to the institution (school, hospital, or research facility) where the student project will be conducted. The student must be sponsored by an Active Member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. More information.
Deadline: Annually on March 17


ISM (Institut des sciences mathématiques) Undergraduate Summer Scholarships

ISM Summer scholarships are offered to undergraduate students in mathematics and statistics who are registered in one of the ISM member universities (Concordia University, Laval University, McGill University, the Université de Montréal, UQAM, UQTR, Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop's University). They allow selected candidates to carry out research under the supervision of a Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with one of the ISM member universities, and to acquire research experience in a university or industrial environment. More information.
Deadline: March 17, 2014.


Bertha Lapitsky Award

A 16-week summer research award designed to support a Psychology undergraduate's involvement in Child Development Research. For more information, please contact the Psychology Undergraduate Coordinator at 514-398-6121.
Deadline: typically in mid-March.


Baycrest Research Training Centre - Summer students

This program provides opportunities for university students to conduct research in a laboratory/clinical setting at Baycrest under the supervision of a practicing Scientist from the Research Division. The program is 12 weeks in length, with specific starting and ending dates arranged directly with each hiring Scientist in accordance with their research schedule. Located in Toronto and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest conducts translational research in aging and brain health. More information.
Deadline: March 30? Check their website. (Applications are "enabled from January 1 to March 30"; "Most hiring decisions will be made by April 15 of the given year.")


University of Toronto: various life sciences summer research programs

Many life-science units at the University of Toronto offer summer studentships; in general, these are also open to non-UofT students. (To help you with your internet searches, some of these are called the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), and are funded by the UofT Life Sciences Committee.) More information: Here are some (likely not all) participating UofT units: Biochemistry (deadline February 8, 2013); Immunology (deadline February 19, 2013); Institute of Medical Science; Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (deadline March 29, 2013); Medical Biophysics (deadline March 4, 2013) Molecular Genetics (deadline: March 1, 2013); Nutritional Sciences (deadlines: March 1 and March 30, 2013); Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ongoing postings); Pharmacology and Toxicology (deadlines: February 25 and March 15, 2013); Physiology (deadline: March 27, 2013); however, interested students are advised to investigate other UofT units to inquire about funding opportunities in those units. See also this page.
Deadline: Varies by department.


Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) Internship program

The program offers research opportunities and diverse training (graduate and undergraduate) in investigating how social conditions affect health and well-being. A major component of the internship is the work carried out in collaboration with a supervisor, while a weekly seminar/workshop series exposes interns to a variety of disciplines and provides training in translating research into policy. Internships are offered at two points in the year: January through April, and starting in 2014, September to December. There will be no summer cohort in 2014. More information.
Deadline: As of December 4, 2013, "The IHSP is no longer accepting applications for the Winter cohort. Applications for the Fall 2014 cohort will be accepted in early spring."


NRC Student Employment Program

Practical career-related experience in research and development, library sciences, communications, marketing and other areas. Positions are offered at NRC institutes and corporate offices. More information.
Deadline: Applications are accepted all year-round.


IBM - Extreme Blue Internship Program

The "Extreme Blue" program is IBM's premier internship program for top-notch students pursuing software development and MBA degrees. Once selected into the program, you will become part of a team working in one of the 15 Extreme Blue labs worldwide. Your team's challenge is to develop the technology and business plan for a new product or service that addresses an existing market challenge. The program runs for 12-weeks in the summer. More information.
Deadline: See website for details.


CISCO - Internship Positions

Cisco sells consumer electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology and services. Cisco has graduate and intern programs worldwide, not limited to but including Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). More information.
Deadline: See website for details.


NSERC Program Guide for Students and Fellows (Undergraduate)

This page outlines awards that are relevant to undergraduate students. More information.
Deadline: not applicable (this page is a gateway to more information).


McGill Industrial Practicum

A four-month paid work term, usually in the summer, which is recognized by McGill University (appears on your transcript). Some IP placements are research-related. More information.
Deadline: ongoing.


McGill IYS: Internship Year in Science

A career-related, professionally supervised, paid work term for 8, 12 or 16 months. Experience first-hand the current practices and technologies in business and industry. The IYS will be indicated on your transcript. Some IYS placements are research-related. More information.
Deadline: ongoing.


NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

This award is held in an industry setting (not at a university) and is managed by NSERC, not McGill. More information.
(For NSERC USRAs at McGill, see this page.)
Deadline: Minimum of 4 weeks before start date of work term


Journal of Young Investigators (JYI) Science Career Center's listing of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

The Science Career Center at JYI has composed an extensive list of summer undergraduate research opportunities in all fields of science. More information.
Deadline: Not applicable; this page is a gateway to more information.


National Science Foundation (USA) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site, which may be at either a US or non-US location, consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. More information.
Deadline: varies by REU "Site."


See also the listing of Other opportunities from previous years. If you find one of those programs interesting, you may wish to check the internet and then contact the organizers to ascertain whether the same or a similar program will be offered again. Some of them may be offered this year or in the future, likely with similar deadlines.