Each year, approximately 17 studentships are given to top ranked students based on scholarly achievement, scientific merit of the proposed project, and the potential benefits applicants will gain from the experience.

Funding is provided for an optional 8, 10 or 12-week period between May and August. Students receive a stipend of $4.725.00 for 12 weeks, $3,937.00 for 10 weeks and $3,150 for 8 weeks.

Eligibility Criteria

For full eligibility criteria refer to the Summer Studentship Award guidelines below. 

  • The applicant must be a current undergraduate or medical student registered at a recognized university Returning in the fall to continue their current program. Undergraduate students graduating in spring/summer are ineligible to apply for the studentship but may apply to be part of the Summer Student Research Program as an externally (non-BC Children's Hospital) funded participant.
  • The applicant must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or foreign national. Out-of province and international applicants are welcome to apply but please note the proper work/student permit and a Social Insurance Number from Service Canada is required.
  • The primary supervisor must be a BCCHR Investigator at BC Children’s Hospital whose area of investigation has direct relevance to improving the health of children and families. Affiliate Investigators are not eligible as per the BCCHR membership guidelines.
  • The proposed research project must have direct relevance to improving the health of children and families.

Applications will be accepted for projects that (1) include active in-person engagement in research on the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre campus or (2) can be completed remotely within Canada, but not on the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre campus. 

Studentship holders must attend at least 75% of the Research Education Program in June & July. The start date and end date will need to planned accordingly. Studentships may be withdrawn if the applicant does not participate in the Research Education Program.

An investigator may submit only one project attached to one applicant. Students may apply for only one project attached to one investigator. Investigators must provide whatever space, supplies or resources the student requires to complete the project.

Alternative Funding Sources

Students are encouraged to apply for all other relevant summer student awards and discuss alternative funding sources with their supervisor. Please see the Program Application FAQs for more information.

Interested in the MITACS Accelerate Program? This program provides a $7,500 matched stipend for short-term undergraduate students working on a hospital campus. Eligible faculty members can submit a research proposal supporting a new partnership with a potential student. If awarded, a matched $7,500 stipend is provided with the student receiving $15,000 for a 4+ month project.  

If successful, BCCHR Summer Studentship funding can be used as part of the matched stipend. Please note the maximum stipend for BCCHR Summer Students is $4,725 for 12 weeks, the MITACS Accelerate Program requires a $7,500 match for a 4+ month project. 

Application Form

To apply, download the BCCHR Research Summer Studentship application below. The deadline for submitting a complete application will be Friday, January 27, 2023. 


2023 Summer Studentship Application

The deadline for submitting the RPIF to UBC ORS for signatures is Tuesday, January 24, 2023. For more information contact Nur Eisma, neisma@bcchr.ubc.ca

All award application forms are formatted as fillable Adobe PDF's that can be saved. The application package will download as a Zip file. After clicking the link to download the application, the browser window should ask to Open or Save the file from bcchr.ca

Is your default set to show PDF files with Preview or an Internet Browser window? You will get an error message that reads 'Please wait...if this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of your document, your PDF viewer may not be able to display this type of document.' To avoid this, open Adobe Acrobat on your desktop, select File > Open to access the application. 

For more information on the application process, please contact resinfo@bcchr.ca.