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I know the opportunities for Canadian's are not as accessible and well known as they should be so I thought I would share the list I compiled last year when I was applying towards international research opportunities.


Below are the programs I myself specifically looked into and know Canadian’s are accepted and compiled some information about (whether or not there is extra info included below the link is completely random depending on if it was easy to copy and paste at the time). I applied to the majority of them I'd say. I ordered them by due date (at least for last year). I remember absolutely scouring all corners of the internet but there might be some out there that accept Canadians that I missed or chose not to take note of myself because I wasn't interested


Also look at these sites if you have the time, they are largely geared towards US citizens but some accept Canadian’s. No good way to discern upfront though, you have to go to each link individually and look under eligibility. Best of luck!


If you have any questions you can always pm me, though I might not respond that quickly.





Dec 6th


Application: Online

Transcript: Hard Scanned

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Register Online

Essays: General Cover letter

Compensation: All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing


Jan 14th


Application: Online

Transcript: Soft

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Register Online


A brief description of your research interest. This can include both current and future areas of interest. Please describe how a summer project at Janelia Farm will support your research goals and how these interests relate to your future career plans.

500 word limit.

A brief description (500 words or less) of some piece of current or past research work that you have done. Describe where and when you undertook this work, who your advisor(s) was/were and the aims, methods and conclusions of the project. Were there any journal publications or other forms of research communication? You will be asked to explain this project during the interview.

Compensation: 4500 For 10 Weeks


Jan 15th


Application: Mail

Transcript: Hard

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Separate Reference Forms

Essays: Letter of Motivation 1 Page. Passport, letter of enrolment

Compensation: 650 a Month

Living costs: (140 €/month in a single room and 112.50 € p.P./month in a double room)


Jan 31st


Application: Online

Transcript: Hard but will also send a scanned

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Register Online

Essays: Please include a short essay (250 words or less) on what you hope to obtain by participating in the University of Rochester Center for Visual Science Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program.


Feb 1st


Application: Online

Transcript: Soft

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Register Online

Essays: Statement of Purpose


Feb 1st


Application: Online

Transcript: Soft

LOR: 2 Online

Essays: Admissions essay


Feb. 1st


Application: Online

Transcript: Scanned

LOR: 2 Online

Full access to the benefits of the Mount Sinai Recreation Office

A cutting-edge research project in one of over 200 laboratories

Networking opportunities with current students, faculty members, and School administration

Housing in one of Mount Sinai's residential buildings

A $3,500 stipend


Feb. 1st


Application: Online

Skill Assessment Form Online

LOR: 2 Online

Essay outlining experience and interests


Feb 7th


Application: Online

Transcript: Soft

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Register Online. But they must send by email

Essays: Personal Statement: Please state why you want to work in a stem cell lab for the summer (500 word limit)

Will receive a stipend of $4,320.00. On-campus housing may be provided, at cost (~$2900 for the ten weeks), though students may also secure housing on their own through sub-lets and other options.


Feb 15th


Application: Online

Transcript: Hard Scanned

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Register Online

Essays: A personal statement (maximum 1000 words) describing the student's academic background, scientific interests, any previous research experience and what he/she hopes to accomplish from attending the summer research program.

Compensation: 3200 CHF

Help finding housing in Lausanne for the duration of the stay is provided for students from out-of-town. July 4th to August 26th 2011


March 1st


Form to fill out, short personal statements, 2 references contact information

€300 per week will be offered, along with a financial contribution towards travel expenses for international students


March 6th


Online application, short personal statements, references unclear

300 a Week + 800 One time towards travel


March 11th


CV, short personal statements, 2 letters of recommendation

300 a Week + 800 One time towards travel


March 17th


a. School-specific application form (for CV/resume)

b. Official transcript(s) (academic records)

c. A cover letter describing your research interests and career goals

d. One letter of recommendation from the faculty of your college or university. Please use the School-specific form, “Recommendation Form For UTRIP”

e. TOEFL Scores or anything equivalent such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System) if English is not your native tongue.


The Program will provide each participant with a round-trip air ticket from his or her home country, and cover all accommodation fees during the program period.


March 20th


Online application, short personal statements, 2 references contact information

300 a Week + 800 One time towards travel


April 30th


Application: Online

Transcript: Soft

CV: Yes

LOR: 2 Register Online

Essay: 1000 Character statement of interest




Application: Email

LOR: 1 by email

Letter of motivation

Transcript: Soft

Proof of enrolment

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this is an amazing and comprehensive list! thanks so much. a quick scan through some of the links made me realize that most of these are for current undergraduates. have you seen any research internships for students who have already graduated?


Very few places take people who have graduated and are basically at 4th year summer. Though if youre taking a year off you probably want more than a summer commitment so you might be better off looking elsewhere.


Definitely though I recall seeing at least a couple that take people who just graduated so if you look you may be able to find them.

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The Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program



For further information about the program, please email us at dpipkin@bcm.edu.




Program Information

The program is scheduled to begin in the middle of June and continue through the first week of August with exact dates to be determined. Students selected for the eight-week program are assigned a Surgery faculty mentor who they work closely with during the program. The Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program encourages the development and interest of well-qualified current undergraduate students who are considering a medically oriented career. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to work with faculty, surgical residents, medical students, and nurses in our various teaching hospitals. During the eight weeks, students become familiar with the hospital environment, the operating room, and the lifestyle of a surgeon. They are expected to become an integral part of their surgical teams by participating in rounds, surgery, and conferences.


Each participant is assigned a Surgery faculty member at a specific institution: Ben Taub General Hospital, St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital, The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, or Texas Children's Hospital. The faculty members practice General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, or Cardiothoracic Surgery. The students begin each day with early morning rounds, usually beginning around 6:00am. After rounds, the schedule for the remainder of the day is dependent upon the student's assignment. However, most mornings will be spent in the operating room, with clinic and/or conferences in the afternoon. Although night call is not expected, long hours are not unusual.


The participants begin the program with an extensive orientation, including an anatomy course and an orientation on "scrubbing in" and sterile technique. In addition to the clinical experiences of the program, the participants have the opportunity to attend "Brown Bag" Lectures several times a week. This informal lecture series is prepared specifically for the summer students. Faculty members conduct the lectures in an effort to introduce students to other options in surgery as well as important medical issues.


"Seeing an institution as large as Methodist Hospital recover from a natural disaster was a rewarding experience in itself, even without being in the OR. I did more rounds and saw more patients during this recovery period and being able to hear from patients really turned me on to the patient interaction side of a physician's job. Later when we were able to do work in the OR that was rewarding as well. It's amazing what can be done to help the human body. I feel privileged to have had the chance to stand at the OR table, witness a newly transplanted kidney turn pink as its perfused, and to have felt the pedal pulses of a patient that had none before a vascular bypass in his leg. It has been an experience more rewarding than what any class could teach me."


Tess Kim

University of Illinois - Chicago


This program permits individuals who are considering a career in medicine to become more familiar with the hospital environment and provides a realistic view of a career in medicine. Additionally, the participants will observe how surgeons conduct their daily lives and activities. It is expected that participation will enrich a participant's background and help in his/her decision to enter medicine.


We hope to provide an educational experience that will be of value to your eventual practice of medicine, regardless of which specialty you enter. If you have any questions, please contact the Surgery Education Office, (713) 798-6078, studentprograms@bcm.tmc.edu.













Brown Bag Lecture Series

The Brown Bag Lecture series is held twice a week on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 12pm to 1pm. This informal lunchtime lecture series is prepared specifically for the summer students to learn about other areas and issues in the medical field. Faculty members conduct the lectures in a relaxed manner, with plenty of opportunities for the students to ask any questions they may have. Below are some of the Brown Bag Lecture Series topics and lecturers.

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Tuesday/Thursday, 12 pm - 1 pm

Lecture Title Lecturer

OB/Gyn R. Todd Ivey, MD

Careers in Neurosurgery Alex Valadka, MD

Transplant Surgery John Goss, MD

The Future of Research in Medicine F. Charles Brunicardi, MD

How to Get Into Medical School Lloyd Michael, PhD

AIDS and Hepatitis Stephen Greenberg, MD

Trauma Kenneth Mattox, MD

Postgraduate Education Charles McCollum, MD

Women and Medicine Sally Raty, MD

Mechanical Devices and Support George Noon, MD

Life as a Medical Student Francis Kretzer, MD

Sports Medicine William J. Bryan, MD

Plastic Surgery Samuel Stahl, MD

Pediatric Surgery David Wesson, MD



The Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program participants are taught how to properly scrub before surgery during operating room orientation.



Application Process

Applications to the Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program will be accepted from October 1st - middle of January annually. As long as a student is a current undergraduate college student, that student is eligable to apply to the Michael E. DeBakey Summer Program. The application consists of a one-page application and the supplemental materials listed below. The completed application and additional materials must be received by the January 17th deadline. The Committee will review each completed file and those selected will be notified by mail before the end of April 30th. No application is reviewed until after the deadline.


Please print the attached application. If you have problems printing this application, please e-mail the Surgery Education Office at studentprograms@bcm.tmc.edu with your mailing address to receive an application by mail.


For a complete file, the following documents are required.

1. Completed application (please note that "Classification" means Freshman, Sophomore, etc)

2. Two passport size photographs (attach one to application)

3. Three letters of recommendation

4. Official college transcript

5. Personal statement (one page)

6. Resume


Mail the completed application and required documents to:

Baylor College of Medicine

Surgery Education Office

Attn: Deborah Pipkin

One Baylor Plaza, 404D

Houston, TX 77030


ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 3, 2012 AND RECEIVED BY THE DEADLINE OF JANUARY 17, 2012. The reason we ask that the applications be postmarked by the 3rd of January is that once mail comes to Baylor, it can sometimes take a while to actually make it up to the Surgery Education Office. That being said, the official deadline is January 17th.


Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to verify receipt of parts of the application and or completed applications. Files not completed by January 17th will not be considered for acceptance.

At this time we are unable to provide any sort of stipend to help defray living expenses. After the applicants are selected, housing information will be sent to the participants to assist them in finding their own housing.



Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to be a Texas Resident to participate in the Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program?


No, we accept applications from students all over the world. You do not have to be a resident of Texas, or even a United States citizen to be considered and/or accepted into the Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program.


Who do the letters of recommendation have to come from?


The three letters of recommendation that you are required to turn in to complete your application can be written by anyone you choose. They can be from personal sources, professional sources, school sources or from sources in the medical field. It is up to you.

How do these letters need to be sent in?


Since we ask that you do not call and check to see if the peices of your application have arrived, we suggest that you collect all of your letters or recommendation (they can be in sealed envelopes) and send in your complete application in one package.


Is there a prompt or format for the Personal Statement?


No, there is not a specific prompt for the personal statement. The only format is that we request it be no longer than one page in length.


Is housing provided?


Unfortunately participants in the program are responsible for finding and funding their own housing. When you are accepted into the program, we provide you with a list of temporary housing in and around the Medical Center to help with your search.

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http://www.hsci.harvard.edu › Education

Internships will be for a period of ten (10) weeks (or longer, by agreement with the mentor and Principal Investigator) during the summer of 2012.


Program Dates for HIP 2012

Monday, June 4 – Friday, August 10, 2012



Cambridge and Boston, MA – Harvard University and the 11 Harvard-affiliated hospitals and research centers


Program Goals

The goal of the HSCI Internship Program (HIP) is to provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory, and to expose them to different professional options within the scientific arena. This is accomplished through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Interns will present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium - a requirement of all program participants.


This program represents an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on experience in stem cell research while working in a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) laboratory under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Internships will be for a period of ten (10) weeks (or longer, by agreement with the mentor and Principal Investigator) during the summer of 2012. Interns are expected to work full time in the host laboratory for the duration of the internship, attend the weekly seminar and stem cell companion course. A stipend of $4,320.00 will be provided, and this is intended to cover transportation and housing costs related to participation in this program. On-campus housing may be provided, at cost (~$3200 for the ten weeks), though students may also secure housing on their own through sub-lets and other options. After acceptance into the program, students will discuss specific project details with their mentor.



This is an UNDERGRADUATE internship program open to Harvard undergraduates as well as undergraduates from colleges and universities across the US and internationally.


Applicants who will receive their baccalaureate degrees by September, 2012, or are currently in high school or graduate/medical school, are ineligible and their applications will not be considered.


Foreign students are responsible for obtaining a valid student visa prior to the start of the program. The Harvard International Office will sponsor the visa application.


Some background in biological science is essential. This should preferably include (for applicants from Harvard) Harvard courses LS1A and LS1AB (for freshmen) and SCRB10, MCB52 and/or MCB54 (sophomores and juniors).


Previous research lab experience is highly desirable.


Applicants must express a strong interest in stem cell biology.


Students who have previously participated in the HSCI summer internship program are ineligible to reapply for the program.


Applications must include the following in order to be considered by the review committee:


A completed online application including a statement of interest


An academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable) uploaded as part of the online application


Two letters of recommendation, including one from an individual qualified to comment on the applicant’s scientific aptitude.


Signed PDF copies of letters of recommendation should be uploaded at https://hsci.wufoo.com/forms/recommendations-for-hip-applicants/. Hard copies of recommendation letters will not be accepted. Only two letters of recommendation will be accepted.



Complete applications - including uploaded letters of recommendation - are due by 5:00 p.m. (EST-USA) on Monday, February 6, 2012. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.


The decisions of the application review committee are final. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to respond with specific information related to the committee’s decision on a particular applicant.


Students accepted to the program will be notified via e-mail on or about Monday, March 12, 2012.


Questions? Contact Maureen Herrmann,

Program and Administrative Manager,




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FYI for 2013 & beyond



Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Life Science Students





from July 9th, 2012 to August 31st, 2012

(Students must be present for the complete program to participate.)


Deadline for Applications: February 6th 2012

On-line application

Contact Email: summer.sv@epfl.ch


The Program Announcement

The Summer Research Program in Life Sciences and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), will offer an intensive research training opportunity to 25 undergraduate students interested in research careers in life sciences. This program will run from July 9th to August 31st 2012.


Each student will gain hands-on lab experience under the supervision of an EPFL Faculty from one of our institutes.

• Brain Mind Instutute (BMI)

• Institute of Bioengineering (IBI)

• Global Health Institute (GHI)

• Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC)


The SRP is made up of several parts and the student must participate in each one.

• Two months of lab work (40 hours/week)

• Friday Seminars

• Closing Student Symposium

• Social Events



Alice Emery-Goodman

Office :SV 3813

SV-DO, Station 19, EPFL

1015 Lausanne

Tel: +41 21 693 07 94

All day Tues.&Thurs.

and Weds. mornings

Fax: +41 21 693 18 75




Prof. Bart Deplancke


Prof. Darren Moore


Prof. Melanie Blokesch

Prof. Pierre Gönczy

Dr. Harald Hirling

Dr. Sacha Sidjanski

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for those people who actually like research beyond as a means to get into med school, you should consider U.S. MD/PhD programs.


It's tricky to get in. But one could also argue that it is tricky to get into med school in general.


The perks? Fantastically organized, large programs at amazing med schools/research institutions FOR FREE (they waive your MD tuition and give you a living stipend). About 15-20 of the U.S. med schools allow Canadians to apply for funded spots... if research is something you think will be an important part of your future (in addition to clinical practice), I would totally look into these programs.

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for those people who actually like research beyond as a means to get into med school, you should consider U.S. MD/PhD programs.


It's tricky to get in. But one could also argue that it is tricky to get into med school in general.


The perks? Fantastically organized, large programs at amazing med schools/research institutions FOR FREE (they waive your MD tuition and give you a living stipend). About 15-20 of the U.S. med schools allow Canadians to apply for funded spots... if research is something you think will be an important part of your future (in addition to clinical practice), I would totally look into these programs.


I would love a program like that, but I was worried about the US for the funding issue and I'm not a millionaire unfortunately :(. Do you mind sharing some of the schools who do accept Canadians and offer funding?



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I know this thread is a bit old, but does anyone know what the general opinion is of laboratory research internships outside of North America? I thought it would be a neat idea to do something a bit different and do a research internship in Asia such as Singapore, Japan, or Taiwan, but am wondering if internships in these countries are considered "less impressive" than doing an internship in the North America or places like the UK where perhaps people view these countries as being more "established" with their research institutes and programs.

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- 8 weeks research training

- Free accommodation plus weekly stipend of £200

- Follow an interdisciplinary research programme of training, research, talks, seminars and weekly social events with a group of like minded young scientists

- Carry out research in a world-leading institute and work with internationally recognised scientists

- Work in state of the art facilities

- Gain new skills and laboratory experience

- Join a community of over 300 young researchers

- Enhance your CV

- Spend your summer in the fine City of Norwich

- Use of on-site recreational facilities including outdoor pool, racquet courts and water sports.

- Open to UK and international students

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The international federation of medical student associations provides some great research exchanges. I did this exchange between my first and second year of medical school. It was one of the best summer I ever had.


My accommodations were covered, my meals were partially covered. Research work from 9-5 five days a week. Meet other med students from around the world. Spend Friday afternoons and weekends traveling around doing fun things with other med students. Was really very terrific. I highly recommend it. Many of the friends I made over two months of the project I still regularly remain in contact with 6 years later. We still catch up etc when we travel and are close to eachothers home towns etc.


You can search their project database here: http://ifmsa.net/public/searchredb.php


Every Canadian med school should have an IFMSA contact representative. They should be able to direct you towards more information.

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