Undergraduate/Medical School Summer Studentships
The NBHRF Summer Studentship Program is designed to encourage undergraduate students to pursue formal post-graduate training and a career in health research in New Brunswick by offering a salary stipend to participate in medical or health research at a New Brunswick institution.
Research supported must be in a field of human health research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines/categorizes these fields by four pillars: 1 – biomedical, 2 – clinical, 3 – health system services and 4 – population health.
The supervisor is the applicant on behalf of the student. The supervisor must be an independent health researcher, with an academic or clinical appointment at a New Brunswick university, college or research institution with sufficient financial and operational resources to enable the student to perform the research.
- Application Deadline:4:00 p.m., February 15th of each year, if the 15th falls on a weekend, the application must be submitted online the next business day by 4:00 pm AST.
- Funding Decisions by:March 28th
- Funding Start Date: May to July each year
- Final Report Due Date: November 30th
The program is offered annually, subject to availability of funding.
The award is provided at a rate of $500/week for a period of 8, 12 or 16 weeks depending upon the project and the student’s availability.
1) 8 weeks (July - August) $4,000
2) 12 weeks (June - August) $6,000
3) 16 weeks (May - August) $8,000
The applicant will indicate the appropriate dollar value of the request in the NBHRF line of the "All Funding Sources" table on page one.
The supervisor is the applicant on behalf of the student.
- The supervisor must hold funding for a specific research project in which the student will be involved.
- A supervisor may apply for no more than 2 NBHRF Summer Studentships per year and must submit an individual application for each student.
- The student must be under the supervision of at least one health researcher (i.e. supervisor) who has an academic appointment at a New Brunswick institution related to health research
- The student has to meet one of the following criteria to be eligible:
- registered in year one, two or three of an undergraduate degree program in a health-related field; or
- registered in year one, two or three of a New Brunswick based M.D. program and may also hold an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Applications are reviewed to ensure that they:
- fit with the purpose, scope and requirements of the funding program.
- fit within a field of human health research as defined in “Scope” above.
Once the application is received, review will begin immediately. Decisions are typically made within two to four weeks from the time of the submission deadline.
Awards are made for the chosen number of weeks in the year of funding. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants may apply again in subsequent years.
Complete the application form and provide the following attachments:
Plain Language Project/Program Summary
Outline the proposed research project. Applicants should provide an appropriate synopsis of their proposed research including research question(s) approaches, methods and literature, and any preliminary results etc. Please include the supervisor’s funding information for the project the student will be working on (agency, type of grant/award, duration, amount). Be sure to describe the role of the trainee in the proposed research project with respect to the skills they will gain and the expected outcomes.
· Maximum 2 pages.
Relevance of Project to Health Research in New Brunswick
- Maximum 1 page.
· Most recent transcript for the student named in the application
Canadian Common CV (CCV)
- A completed CV must be created (and/or updated) and submitted in the Canadian Common CV system as part of the application process. Using the CV “Funding” option, select “Funding Source NBHRF”, and then select “CV Type NBHRF Template”. Please note that a “Draft” CCV will not be accepted as part of the application. A submitted version of the CCV will have a date submitted and a confirmation number at the top of the CCV.
Grant Recipients are required to submit a Final Report by November 30th of the year the grant was awarded for each student by completing the NBHRF final report form found by logging into your NBHRF account.
The signed financial statement from the institution and a summary report must be attached in the Final Report.
All fields of the report form must be completed accurately. If information is missing or incorrect, the report will be rejected and recipients will be instructed to redo it.
The grant recipient will receive an email from the NBHRF Program Director indicating whether or not the final report is complete and accepted. If it is not complete, appropriate actions will be arranged.
Recipients who do not submit a final report or any other required documentation will be ineligible for future NBHRF research funding.
Summary Report Details
A plain language summary report from the supervisor and the student must also be attached in the Final Report and must answer the following questions:
(a) Describe the research project you worked on (objectives and goals).
(b) What progress was made towards achieving those goals during the 8 to 16 week period?
(c) Describe the tasks that were learned and performed.
(d) Describe any results that were determined.
(e) How did the experience assist the student in their development as a health researcher?
(f) How did the experience assist the applicant in their development as a supervisor/mentor?
(f) How did the student contribute to the research project and progress that was made?
(g) What research skills did the experience help to develop for the student?
(h) What are the student’s educational / research plans for the next year?
The document must adhere to the following format:
Page Set Up and Format for Summary Report
Margins: ¾” (2 cm)
Page:8.5” x 11” (21.5 x 28 cm)
Spacing:No condensed type or spacing
Length: Maximum 2 pages