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What you need to know.

EligibilitySupervisor MatchProgram DurationInternational StudentsDomestic Students
Participants in the IMS Summer Student Program must be enrolled in medical school (without a previously obtained graduate degree) or pursuing an undergraduate science degree program. Undergraduate applicants must have an average of B+ Cumulative GPA (3.3/4.0 or 77%) or higher. Participants who apply for IMS funding must hold a Cumulative GPA of A- (3.7 GPA, 80% or First Class Distinction) or higher.

Medical student applicants must not hold a graduate degree and must be in good standing as determined by their school registrar.

Students are required to initiate their own student/supervisor match by contacting supervisor(s) directly, before submitting their application.  Students who are able to secure a supervisor but whose applications do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements will not be considered for funding.

A list of faculty recruiting students for the 2019 program will be available at the end of the year 2018.

The IMS offers participants a 12-week (June 3 – August 23, 2019) immersive experience in a laboratory or clinical setting in the University of Toronto community.  Students are expected to be present for the complete duration of the program, with no exceptions.
The International program is a wonderful opportunity for students from around the world to gain hands-on research experience at the University of Toronto.  It is available to undergraduate or medical students who are not Canadian Citizens or permanent residents and do not have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).  International students that currently study in Canadian universities and have a SIN should apply as Domestic students (please see “Domestic Students” tab for more information).  The IMS accommodates a limited number of International students each year.

Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or medical school at a post-secondary institution outside of Canada.  Must have an average of B+ or 77%, or higher.

The International Application Package for 2019 intake will be available at the end of the year 2018:

The domestic application process applies to students who:

  • Are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents and have a valid Social Insurance Number.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (including final 4th year) or medical school.
  • Have an average of B+ cumulative GPA (3.3/4.0 or 77%) or higher. Medical students must not hold a graduate degree and must be in good standing as determined by their registrar.

The Domestic application package for 2019 intake will be available at the end of the year 2018 and will consist of the following:

  • Domestic Students Application Form
  • Most recent official transcript (screenshots of electronic records and hard copies will not be accepted) -> for undergraduate students.
  • Official letter of Good Standing with institutional seal and signature, obtained from current university -> for medical students only.
  • Current CV/Resume highlighting awards, abstracts, presentations, publications


Please take note regarding changes that have been made to the funding policy.


The following funding options are available to domestic students accepted to the program. Students receive a minimum stipend $4,800 in total (June-August) through one of the following:

OPTION #1: External Funding. The student funds their summer research through an external grant or award. The IMS office does not administer this option. For possible sources of external funding visit the Faculty of Medicine, Research Office.

OPTION #2: Full Funding from the Supervisor. The supervisor funds the student ($4,800) through an operating grant, affiliated research facility funds etc. The IMS office does not administer this option.

OPTION #3: Joint Funding*. IMS provides $2,000 and the supervisor to provide the remaining $2,800. IMS funding is subject to availability. This option is a competitive process and not guaranteed.

  • Limit of one joint funded applicant per supervisor.
  • Students must have an average of A- (3.7/4.0 or 80%) or higher Cumulative GPA.
  • If the joint funding is not successful, the student and supervisor should come to an agreement on alternate plans for funding.

*Funding for the administration of joint awards is provided by:
a) UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award.
b) IMS Award.
c) IMS SURP Director Award *New 2018* – Open to all currently registered undergraduates (BSc) including those in 4th year.

SURP Application Deadline

Applications Deadline for SURP 2019 – February 15 at 11:59 pm EST

Application Forms and Documents

Supervisors Info – SURP 2019

SURP Domestic Application Form

SURP International Application Form

Application Instructions for International Applicants

SURP Fully Funded International Agreement