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The High School Youth Research Summer Program (HYRS) provides exceptional Grade 11 and 12 students in the province with paid experiential learning opportunities at post-secondary institutes in Alberta, enhancing their interest and success in health research and innovation.
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Developing the next generation of health research and innovation leaders to accelerate discoveries into care is a core mission for Alberta Innovates and its partners. This program is designed to provide summer experiential learning opportunities for Alberta-based high school students that are interested in emerging technologies, research commercialization and cross-disciplinary research in health. Students will have the opportunity for skills development and networking through primary research activities, workshops, speaker series, career mentorship and other events. The program is delivered in partnership with participating universities.
Funding: Variable (check with participating post-secondary institutions)
Funding Term: Up to six weeks (must occur between May 1 to August 31)
Please refer to the post-secondary institution external links under the 'How to Apply' section of this page
The following sections describe the standard eligibility criteria. Additional eligibility criteria may be included by participating post-secondary institutions.
Student Eligibility: To be eligible to hold a HYRS Studentship, studentship applicants must:
Supervisor Eligibility: The supervisor must be employed at a participating post-secondary institution. The supervisor must be able to provide appropriate supervision for the proposed project. The supervisor does not need to be a faculty member. In instances where the supervisor is not a faculty member, the post-secondary institution will confirm appropriateness with Alberta Innovates. An approved supervisor is limited to:
Project Eligibility: To be approved, projects must be relevant to the program and occur under an approved supervisor. Projects that are strongly relevant to the following areas may be prioritized for funding: Digital Health, Data-Enabled Health Transformation, or Health Innovation and Technology Acceleration.
Post-Secondary Institution Eligibility: Must be a comprehensive academic and research university in Alberta or an undergraduate university in Alberta engaged in health research and innovation related activity. Must have applied for and received funding from Alberta Innovates to administer the HYRS Program.
Under the guidance of Alberta Innovates, the host post-secondary institutions run studentship competitions and administer the program. Exact competition details will be found on individual post-secondary institution websites.
Please visit the respective post-secondary institution competition pages for information specific to their institution:
For specific questions related to timelines, application instructions, please visit the post-secondary institution’s website.
All studentship applications must be:
Follow the links in the “How to Apply” section to access information for current and future competitions at each participating post-secondary institution.
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