What do students and supervisors need to know about SURP?

Eligibility

Domestic Students 

Participants in the IMS Summer Undergraduate Research Program must be pursuing an undergraduate science degree program or enrolled in medical school (without a previously obtained graduate degree).

  • 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. 

Application Package for 2021 intake will be available at the end of the year 2020. 

International Students 

SURP 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. 

  • Undergraduate  or medical school applicants must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution outside of Canada and have an average of B+ or 77%, or higher. 

International Application Package for 2021 intake will be available at the end of the year 2020.

Supervisor Match

You are required to initiate your own student/supervisor match by contacting supervisor(s) directly, before submitting your 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.

Program Duration

The IMS offers a 12-week (June – August: dates tbd) immersive experience in a laboratory or clinical setting within the University of Toronto community.  You are expected to be present for the complete duration of the program, with no exceptions. 

Domestic Students

Requirements 

The domestic application process applies to you if you: 

  • Are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident and have a valid Social Insurance Number
  • Are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (including final 4th year) or a 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

 

Domestic Students Application Form 

The Domestic application package for 2021 intake will be available at the end of the year 2020 and will consist of the following: 

  • 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 

 

Funding Methods 

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 

  • You fund your 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 Supervisor 

  • Your supervisor funds you ($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 your supervisor provides 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. 
  • You must have an average of A- (3.7/4.0 or 80%) or higher Cumulative GPA. 
  • If the joint funding is not successful, you and your supervisor should come to an agreement on alternate plans for funding. 

 

Funding for administration of joint awards is provided by: 

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Award.
  • IMS SURP Director Award – Open to all currently registered undergraduates (BSc) including those in 4th year. 
  • IMS Administered Award (Funding Partners: University Health Network (UHN), Department of Surgery, Department of Psychiatry).
  • Jasmine Quigley Memorial Award.

International Students

* Please note that due to COVID-19 the IMS is unfortunately not able to offer SURP to international students residing outside of Canada this year.  We are confident that we will be back to normal offerings in 2022. 

Requirements 

The IMS accommodates a limited number of international students each year.  The international application process applies to you if you:

  • Are not a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident and do not have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) (if you currently study at a Canadian university and have a SIN you should apply as a domestic student)
  • Are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or medical school at a post-secondary institution outside of Canada
  • Have an average of B+ or 77%, or higher

Home University Funding

Your Home University must provide full funding for: 

  • All costs related to health insurance and Canadian study permit/visa application fee
  • All costs related to travel
  • A total student stipend of CDN $4,800 towards food, accommodation and other living expenses while in Toronto
  • Out of the $4,800, you will be contributing up to $2,500 towards accommodation while in Toronto.  To reserve accommodation and secure a place in the IMS Summer program a deposit of CDN $100 must be paid upon confirmation of acceptance to the program. These expenses must be paid out in the form of a cheque, money order or bank draft to the University of Toronto, c/o Institute of Medical Science. The remainder of the non-refundable Accommodation payment is due April 1, 2020
  • Students must ensure home institution signs the funding agreement with the University of Toronto, see SURP Application Forms

Visas

All international students will need a valid Canadian visa to participate in the program. Students can apply for the visa on being accepted to the program and an offer being sent to them.