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. We are in the process of updating this webpage: some programs are listed with prior years' deadlines if the new deadlines are not yet available or have not yet been checked; 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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Mitacs Globalink Research Award (France, Algeria, India)
The Mitacs Globalink - Research Award provides $5,000 to $10,00 for research collaborations between students and faculty in Canada and their counterparts abroad. At the undergraduate level, funding is available for projects in France, Algeria, and India. 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. The current application round is for projects that begin as early as February 2016 and as late as December 31, 2016. More information.
Please note: To hold the award, you need McGill's support, which will require that you return to studies following the award. Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science before applying for more details.
Deadline: November 20, 2015.
Research Internship Program at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne / Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland)
This program offers a three, four, or six month placement in research laboratories from all five schools of EPFL, starting in May at the earliest each 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 also allows students to pursue both this research internship and the semester student exchange program (one before or after the other). More information.
Deadline: December 15, 2015. (Note: students can also write directly to professors from EPFL to ask for an internship. Funding may still be available but this would run “outside” of the research internship program being presented here. Contact professors several months in advance, because if/once you are accepted, visa applications take time.)
Internship Program; Study and Internship Program — UAS7 (German universities of applied sciences)
- Internship Program: Hands-on research opportunities at a German University of Applied Sciences.
- Study and Internship Program: Study at a UAS7 campus for the German Wintersemester; then intern at a company or organization, or a research lab 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. Tuition waivers are available, as well as scholarships for transatlantic travel expenses. More information
Two deadlines: October 1, 2015, and February 15, 2016.
ICE: Inorganic Chemistry Exchange
The ICE 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 2016. The program places students at an institution other than their own, in the laboratory of one of the ICE faculty members. More information.
Deadline: November 2, 2015.
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 2, 2015, but may vary by participating institution.
Summer Studentships in Hemophilia Research — Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS)
The 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 13, 2015.
IAESTE — International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience
IAESTE is an international organization exchanging students for paid technical work experience abroad. Some jobs will be in research and development, or of a laboratory nature. See list of eligible disciplines. 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. More information - Canadian website; More information - international website.
Note: IAESTE does charge fees.
Deadline: For positions offered through IAESTE, December 11, 2015. For a position found on your own, where IAESTE is helping with your visa application, 6-8 weeks before job's start date.
IRIC Next Generation Awards — Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, Université de Montréal
This program offers undergraduate students a 12-week or a 16-week full-time summer internship (paid) in the field of cancer research at IRIC. Awardees may also be offered the opportunity to continue their project at the graduate level. Knowledge of French will not be taken into account when evaluating applications. Results will be communicated in March 2016. More information.
Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016, 5 pm.
Summer Research Fellowships — The Endocrine Society
The 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 8, 2016
Computational Biology Undergraduate Summer Student Health Research Award
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide undergraduate students in the life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences with an opportunity to undertake computational biology health-related research projects with established researchers in an environment that provides strong mentorship. Examples of potential research activities falling within the scope of this program include the development of new algorithms, databases, and visualization systems and application of data mining and machine learning techniques to solve biological problems. More information.
Deadline: January 15, 2015
The Kupcinet-Getz International Summer School (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
Each summer select 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 scientistexperience science first hand by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute. Eight weeks (June 27—August 21, 2016, to be confirmed). There is a stipend, and housing for overseas students. More information.
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Research Traineeships at ESPCI ParisTech (Paris, France)
ESPCI ParisTech is a prestigious grande école that conducts high level research in chemistry and physics, including related fields such as neurobiology and nanobiophysics. Many ESPCI professors are interested to host U2 and U3 McGill undergraduates for research placements, typically for 8 to 14 weeks. Paid and unpaid placements are possible throughout the academic year, including the summer term. ESPCI may be able to offer a travel allowance or help find housing. benedicte [dot] ravier [at] espci [dot] fr (More information via email, contact Mme Bénedicte Ravier).
Deadline: Ongoing. For placements starting in May, contact ESPCI in the preceding January or earlier.
DAAD RISE — Research Internships in Science and Engineering (Germany)
DAAD 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 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 15, 2016; Letters of reference: January 22, 2016. (Application period starts December 1, 2015.)
DAAD RISE Professional — Research Internships in Science and Engineering (Germany)
DAAD RISE Professional 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 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, but undergraduates who are RISE alumni 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, 2016; Letters of reference: February 7, 2016. (Application period starts December 1, 2015.)
Janelia Undergraduate Scholars — Summer undergraduate program (Washington DC area)
The Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program is a 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, committed students with significant research experience, in the fields of: Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience; Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience; Chemical & Molecular Tool Development; Theory and Computational Neuroscience; Evolution and Genetics; Instrumentation & Computational Tool Development; Optical Physics and Imaging; Structural Biology & Biochemistry. International students are eligible and visas will be supported. The program covers all living expenses including housing, food, and travel; plus a stipend. More information
Deadline: January 7, 2016
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program (New York NY area)
The CSHL URP provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research for the 10-week program (June 13 — August 13, 2016), living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment. Research at CSHL focuses on: Molecular Biology & Cancer, Genetics & Genomics, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, and Quantitative Biology. The URP provides room and board (participants live and work among CSHL scientists) and a stipend. More information
Deadline: January 15, 2016
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 16, 2015.
Hospital for Sick Children — SickKids Summer Research Program (Toronto)
This 15-week program provides opportunities for undergraduate or medical students to conduct research in a laboratory/clinical setting at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) under the supervision of a Research Institute Scientist. More information.
Deadline: "Coming soon! Applications and position listings will become available in December." (Last year's deadline was January 16, 2015)
Undergraduate Summer Studentship Award — CIHR Institute of Genetics and CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
These Summer Studentship Awards provide undergraduate and health professional students with opportunities to undertake health research projects with established investigators in an environment that provides strong mentorship. There are two types of awards. The CIHR Institute of Genetics funds undergraduate students in the life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences with an opportunity to undertake computational biology health-related research projects. The CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis funds undergraduate or health professional students for projects relevant to one or more of the research priority areas: Chronic Pain and Fatigue; Inflammation and Tissue Repair; Disability, Mobility and Health. Please refer to website for details and more information.
Deadline: January 21, 2016
Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program — Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (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 26, 2016
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, 2015.
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: January 23, 2015.
Parkinson's Disease Foundation-American Parkinson Disease Association (PDF-APDA) Summer Student Fellowships
The PDF-APDA Summer Student Fellowships supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research project, under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community, for 10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work. More information.
Deadline: January 26, 2016
Summer @ EPFL (School of Computer and Communication Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne / Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland)
This program offers a research placement, minimum of 2 months but longer preferred
During a period of at least two months and preferably including the 2nd week of July, participating students get the chance to learn new skills and to gain hands-on experience while working personally with leading senior scientists. Participating students will work in a research unit, typically to solve problems which are usually part of major research efforts. Often, this will lead to performing challenging programming or design tasks to prove new concepts. Funding is available. More information.
Deadline: January 31, 2016.
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; see also specific information for Canadians.
Deadline: January 27, 2016, for "Studentships in Summer 2016 (Non Member State Nationals)". Check website for deadlines of other CERN programmes.
Summer Studentships for Research in Gastroenterology
The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) is pleased to offer Summer Student Scholarships for Research in Gastroenterology, in collaboration with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC), the Alberta Association of Gastroenterology (ASG), and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. The applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate program or related programs (e.g. nursing, dentistry). Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree, or will graduate before undertaking this award, are not eligible. More information.
Deadline: January 31, 2016
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. The program offers a stipend and funding for travel expenses. This program will run from July 4 to August 25, 2016.
Deadline: January 31, 2016
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University
UROP International in Aachen consist of three elements: a research project at one of RWTH Aachen's research institutes or labs; a comprehensive accompanying program featuring an intensive German course and workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice; and activities to gain a look at German history and culture and meet German and international students at RWTH, such as regular get togethers, excursions in the region, and institute visits. More information.
Deadline: January 31 each year
Summer Studentships — Cystic Fibrosis of Canada
Cystic Fibrosis Canada Summer Studentships provide support to full-time undergraduate students engaged in 3-month summer research projects in areas relevant to cystic fibrosis, under the direction of an independent researcher based at a Canadian institution. More information.
Deadline: March 1, 2016? (Last year, the deadline was February 2, 2015.)
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 support full-time undergraduate students with little or no 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 not eligible to apply. More information.
Deadline: February 1 each year.
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 1 each year.
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, for 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. Placements may be available in: Applied Developmental Psychology; Biopsychology; Clinical Psychology; Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology; Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Neuroscience; School Psychology.More information.
Deadline: February 9, 2015
RCGS Independent Research Grants — Royal Canadian Geographical Society
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society supports research projects on geographical topics that further the mandate of the Society “to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.” Awards are restricted to projects that are undertaken in Canada, by Canadian residents and that address some element of the country’s geography. (Before applying, you may wish to review the website carefully and contact the organization to confirm that undergraduates are indeed eligible.) More information.
Deadline: February 14 each year.
Starbucks Clinical Genetics/Genomics Research Studentship Award — The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) — Toronto, Ontario
The Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics and the Centre for Genetic Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children offer 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 12, 2016
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 each year. (The program may have been last offered in 2011?)
BC Cancer Studentships — British Columbia
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 (supervised by a senior health professional that has an appointment in the B.C. Cancer Agency). In addition, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation B.C./Yukon Region is providing funding for studentships specifically directed towards breast cancer research (supervised by any academic researcher working in the province). More information.
Deadline: February 20, 2015.
MBARI Summer Internship Program — Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute — Moss Landing, California, USA
The MBARI summer internship program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision for 10 weeks. The 2016 program will be from June 6, 2016, to August 12, 2016. Program includes a stipend; partial travel support may be available. More information.
Deadline: February 2, 2016
Canadian Blood Services - Summer Internship Program (SIP)
This program provides support to students enrolled at Canada’s post-secondary institutions to gain experience by contributing to projects within any division of Canadian Blood Services. More information.
Deadline: February 27, 2015 (for funding May, 2015)
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 13, 2015.
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.
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 20, 2015.
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 Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, Dentistry, or a medical field. Applicants must have completed at least one full year of an undergraduate program to be eligible. Students are encouraged to contact IBBME professors to discuss potential positions and projects. More information.
Deadline: February 23, 2015.
endMS Research and Training Network - Summer Studentship Awards
The endMS Summer Studentship Award funds promising undergraduate or medical students 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: March 9, 2015 (?)
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 1, 2015.
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 6, 2014
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 6, 2014
Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program (BUSRP) - Western University, London, Ontario
The Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to obtain research experience during the summer (May to August). 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: March 15
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: March 13, 2015, 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: March 2, 2015
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 16, 2015.
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: "Selections will be made on an ongoing basis, so apply as early as possible." "Most hiring decisions will be made by April 15, 2015."
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 31, 2015); Nutritional Sciences (deadlines: March 1 and March 30, 2013); Pharmacology and Toxicology (deadlines: February 25 and March 15, 2013); Physiology (deadline: February 25, 2015); 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.
Schull Yang International Experience Awards
Schull Yang International Experience Awards for undergraduate McGill students in the Faculty of Science support a research traineeship at a non-Canadian university, for a minimum of 10 weeks, in the Summer term. There are also other Yang International Experience Awards that support other opportunities, such as internships for students in any faculty. More information.
Deadline: In 2016, the deadline for the Science research traineeship Schull Yang awards was April 21; however you should expect an earlier deadline in Winter 2017. Other deadlines may apply to other categories of Schull Yang awards.
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. 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.
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.
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.