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Inspire Summer Studentships

The Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC) is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive infectious disease research community. We recognize that diversity strengthens the quality and impact of research by bringing multiple ideas and perspectives.

The EPIC Inspire Summer Studentships will foster inclusive excellence by providing third-year Black and Indigenous undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in infectious disease research with and receive mentorship from EPIC’s faculty members. These awards aim to support Black and Indigenous students who are interested in infectious diseases and to create a more diverse talent pool for the next generation of infectious disease research leaders. Faculty members who supervise an EPIC Inspire Summer Student Fellow must also commit to supporting the student in continuing their work as a fourth-year thesis project, should the student choose to do so.

Recipients will gain a core set of interrogative skills in the area of infectious disease through their research, coursework and/or attendance and participation at EPIC trainee events and programs.

Tags: Co-curricular Curricular Paid

Offered: 16 week summer term (May 1-Aug 31)

By: Emerging & Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC)

Student Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Registered in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto, excluding undergraduate professional degree programs (MD, DDS, BScN)
  2. Will have completed their third year of an undergraduate program at U of T by April of their application year
  3. Self-identify as Black or Indigenous
  4. Intend to re-register for full-time undergraduate studies at U of T in September 2023
  5. Available to work full-time for 16 weeks between May 1 to August
  6. If already found, supervisor must have a primary affiliation at one of EPIC’s partner institutions (the Hospital for Sick Children, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Unity Health Toronto, University Health Network and University of Toronto)
  7. International students are eligible to apply as long as they meet the aforementioned criteria and are authorized to work in Canada.

Availability: 3rd year

Research Type(s): Research Fellowships / Studentships, Summer Research Programs, Research Skills Training

Location: Dependent on the nature of the faculty research project that the student is supporting.

Hours Involved: Full-time

Application Required: Yes

Contact: epic@utoronto.ca