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About the Program

The Ward Summer Student Research Program is a highly prestigious student experience offered by the Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) that provides opportunities to undergraduate students to experience a unique interdisciplinary mentorship within the field of research.

Successful incumbents will work with a BRI Scientist and their team on a research project and showcase their research to the organization and visitors at the annual Ward Student Research Day held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. As part of the program, successful candidates will participate in events such as Lunch & Learns, Wheelchair Basketball, the Ward Summer Student Research Day and other BRI-related events to enhance both their training and research experience.

This 12-week program runs from May 4, 2020 to July 24, 2020.

Applications for the 2020 Ward Summer Student Research Program is now open. The deadline for applications is on January 31, 2020. Please make arrangements well in advance to avoid any delays. Applications after this date will not be accepted.

About the Scientists

Scientists who are accepting student(s) for the 2020 Ward Family Summer Student Research Program and the Summer Student with Lived Experience positions are listed in each individual job posting.

2020 Summer Student with Lived Experience Opportunity

As part of this program, the Bloorview Research Institute has a dedicated position for undergraduate and/or college students living with a disability. This position was established to enhance the inclusion of young people with disabilities in pediatric research.

Like all positions within the Ward Summer Student Research Program, this opportunity will expose the successful candidate to the field of research and pediatric rehabilitation while providing them with a unique mentorship experience. For more details, apply here.

Learn more about our 2019 Ward Summer students and student scholarship winners!

For any questions, please email


  • The program runs for 12 weeks from May 4, 2020 – July 24, 2020 
  • Students will be paid $14.00 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay
  • Students will be paid biweekly through payroll

Application Information

Visit the Current Job Opportunities page to apply for any of the above mentioned positions. Use the search function to find the applicable job posting.

Only applications submitted through Holland Bloorview’s Current Job Opportunities page will be accepted. Applications submitted via email will NOT be accepted.

We receive a high volume of applicants for this prestigious program each year. As part of the competitive application process, there may be pre-qualifying questions for each opportunity. If you do not meet the specific requirements, you will not be able to move further in the application process. Please ensure you answer accurately.

Only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews in February or early March.

Please do not contact scientists directly regarding your application. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact