Summer Studentship Program

Spend your summer studying women and children’s health.

This program aims to encourage a new generation of talented young researchers to pursue careers in children's and women's health. Students receive invaluable, direct experience working on specific projects under the guidance of WCHRI members for three or four months during the summer. Funding of up to $1,300 per month is provided between May and August.


All applications to WCHRI must align with our relevance criteria in order to be eligible for funding. 

  • Undergraduate students (including medical education students) registered in a recognized degree program at time of application from any Canadian university may apply.
  • Students must complete the WCHRI in-training  membership requirements prior to submission of the application. 
  • Students must commit to the proposed research for a minimum of three months from May to August. Medical education applicants with 11 weeks available for summer research are eligible.
  • Projects must be supervised by a WCHRI member and carried out at the University of Alberta.
  • Supervisors may put forward only one applicant per year. Co-supervision is not permitted.
  • Supervisors must be WCHRI academic members for not less than 1 year prior to application; except new recruits with an academic appointment of less than 1 year at time of application deadline.

FoMD Studentship in Placental Research

We are pleased to offer the Facutly of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) Studentship in Placental Research through this competition. This award, partnered with WCHRI, provides up to one full four-month summer studentship and is allocated to a top awardee whose work is directly in the area of placental research. Eligibility will be determined by WCHRI based on committee recommendation.


The 2019 competition closes February 1, 2019 at 4 p.m. Applications must be submitted to WCHRI using the WCHRI Grants electronic submission portal. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application form and information

Application information session

WCHRI is pleased to host an application information session January 11, 2019 in ECHA 4-036 from noon–1 p.m. Please register for the session.

For further information

Contact WCHRI grants administration at

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Past participants

We are proud of what our past students have accomplished in this program. Read about the 2018 Summer Studentship projects.