Summer Student Research Funding

There are several sources of funds to support undergraduate summer research. Please read all of the information below before you apply for an award: 


Please contact for more information.


Please note:

All undergraduate students performing summer research in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are required to register in the SURE Program .

  • Be prepared and plan ahead! Most applications require original transcripts and letters of reference;
  • Follow ALL instructions. It is the responsibility of the applicant and supervisor to ensure completeness (incomplete applications will be returned);
  • Each agency has its own priority areas for funding and application formats. If your projects relate to more than one agency, we suggest that you submit your proposals to all that apply. If you are unsure about this strategy, please contact our office at;
  • Students are responsible for being aware of the deadlines of all agencies they are applying to. If you are unsure of a deadline, please contact for assistance;
  • All applications that require a departmental or institutional-level signature must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education, TRW 2D09, AT LEAST 3 business days BEFORE the agency deadline (UCVM internal deadline for signatures is 3 business days). Students will be informed once a signature is obtained and will be responsible for pick-up and delivery of their own application to ensure it reaches the agency by their deadline. Please review all internal deadlines here.

University of Calgary Awards

The University of Calgary USRP Program is designed to give UofC undergraduate students the opportunity to work with University of Calgary researchers early in their program. Information and application forms may be found here. Value of awards: $4000.

Deadline: February 8, 2019

The Graeme Bell Travel Award is designed to support travel to a conference or seminar related to your research in Health and Wellness. Information and application forms may be found here. Value of awards: $1000. 

Deadline: February 8, 2019

External Awards

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation seeks to raise funds for the treatment and research of neurological diseases through the use of more natural and holistic approaches. Value of award of up to $7,000 for salary and travel to the BONF Conference, and project supplies. Further details and access to the online application system are available here

Deadline: January 26, 2019

Students must have secured a training position with a supervisor who is a full member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health (ACHRI) or a listed mentor on the CIHR Training Grant. The supervisor must be conducting an eligible research program that falls under the mandate of the CIHR, IHDCYH, and ACHRI. Further information and application forms may be found here.

Deadline: February 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

AIHS provides motivated students with exceptional academic records an opportunity to participate in medical or health-related research at the University during the summer months. Students will receive a stipend of $1500/month for 8, 12, or 16 weeks during the period of May to August. Please see here: AIHS Summer Research Studentships.

Deadline: February 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm (MST)

Each year, through the Zoetis Summer Student Research Fund, Zoetis makes $8,000 available to support the salary of a summer research student at each of the Canadian veterinary colleges. This award is offered with the intent of enriching innovative research opportunities for undergraduate students. Potential research activities falling within the scope of this funding pertain to companion animal medicine and will positively impact and provide clinical applicability to the Canadian veterinary community. More information can be found here. Proposal submissions should be made in writing to Zoetis to the attention of Dr. Gordon Strick via email: 

Deadline: TBA

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide undergraduate and health professional students with opportunities to undertake health research projects with established investigators in an environment that provides strong mentorship. Value of award is $5,000.00 for up to four months. More information can be found here.

Deadline: TBA

USRA awards are only tenable under the supervision of a faculty member who currently holds NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) funding. More information and application forms may be found here. Value of awards: $4,500 over 16 weeks. Students are required to submit  all supporting documents online

Deadline: Feb 8, 2019 

For more information about the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program click here