Summer Students


The Child & Family Research Institute’s Summer Student Research Program fosters research awareness and interest in the undergraduate and medical community. The program attracts students from local, national and international academic institutions, and exposes them to research in the area of children’s and women’s health.

Since 1987, the Summer Student Research Program has provided more than 800 students an opportunity to participate in research projects related to child and family health under the supervision of researchers from CFRI, BC Children's Hospital or BC Women's Hospital & Health Care Centre.

If you are interested in applying for the CFRI Summer Student Research Program please review the information and guidelines below.

Summer Studentships

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. Students provided with a studentship work up to a maximum of 12 weeks between May and August.

Please note applicants are encouraged to apply for all other relevant summer student awards. Application deadlines for some of these awards are early as mid-January.

For guidelines and application forms for this studentship go to CFRI Funding

Summer Student Research Education Program

The Summer Student Research Education Program takes place in mid-May through July.  The Program includes an orientation, 8-week seminar series, several workshops and a poster session. All CFRI-funded summer students are automatically enrolled in the Program.  Students with external (non-CFRI) funding may apply to participate in the Education Program. Externally-funded students are accepted into the Education Program on a first-come basis. These students must be onsite and supervised by a faculty member associated with CFRI, BC Children's Hospital or BC Women's Hospital & Health Care Centre.

For guidelines and application forms for this studentship go to CFRI Funding.


Looking for a supervisor?

It is up to the applicants to contact potential supervisors. Applications will be accepted from investigators based at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Care Centre or CFRI.

Applicants are advised to visit the CFRI website to view researchers affiliated with CFRI. Click ‘Find a Researcher’ to filter researchers by area of research and view researcher profiles. Contact information is provided so applicants will be able to contact the researcher directly.

Researchers may commit to students well before the application deadline; therefore it is strongly recommended that applicants initiate this process as early as practicable.

Registration forms are available in early January and are due mid-March



The Child & Family Research Institute gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the BC Clinical Genomics Network, BIO-RAD Laboratories Ltd, and the following research clusters: Childhood Cancer & Blood Research, Diabetes, Nutrition & Metabolism, Developmental Neuroscience & Child Health, Genetics & Health, Immunity in Health & Disease, Innovations in Acute Care & Technology, Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy, and the Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics.

Summer Student Poster Day Abstract Booklet
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