There is no fee associated with the application process for the INSPIRE program. Please carefully review the steps below to apply for the INSPIRE Program.

Application Procedure Diagram

1. Review the eligibility criteria

  • Are you an undergraduate student (undergraduate or recent graduate) interested in pediatric research? Students currently registered in any undergraduate or college training program or those within three years of completion of a high school or post-secondary degree are eligible to apply.
  • Does your course schedule permit program participation? Students must be available four to six hours each week.

2. Complete the Online Application Form

The 2023/2024 calendar year intake cycle will open starting August 1 and close at 4 pm on August 4. Upon submitting the online application form, the INSPIRE program team reviews your application and matches you with projects according to your interest and time commitment. INSPIRE Application Form can be accessed here.

For a complete application, a CV, unofficial transcript, your general availability, and your tentative course timetable for the duration of eight months are required.

3. In-Person/Virtual Interview

The interviews will be set up between the candidates and research teams. Only successful applicants will receive an interview invitation.

4. Notification of Decision

What Happens Next? The program coordinator will send the list of online training modules to the successful applicants to complete before their first day in October.

While applying for the INSPIRE program, please note these required steps before working with a research team. Once you have been selected to volunteer with a research team, you will need to complete the following online courses:

 Please be prepared to spend a few hours working on these courses.
You will also be requested to do the following:

  • A criminal record check
  • Required to submit your QR Code for proof of vaccination against COVID-19
  • Attend an INSPIRE student orientation.

Considering these required steps, we strongly encourage people to apply to the program and look forward to reading your application! ​

INSPIRE 2023-2024: Dates and Deadlines

  • Project Intake for Investigators Opens: June 1, 2023
  • Student Application Opens: August 1, 2023
  • Student Application Closing:  August 4, 2023   4:00 pm PDT
  • Student/Investigator Project Matching Begins: September 1, 2023
  • Student Interviews: Sept. 1 – Sept. 30, 2023 – Extended
  • Notice of Decision: September 30, 2023
  • INSPIRE Project Intake for Investigators Closes: October 2, 2023  8:00 am PDT
  • INSPIRE Onboarding: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2023
  • Completion of INSPIRE program: April 30, 2024

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