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Program at a Glance

Program Status: Active
Priority Area(s): Provides undergraduate students with paid experiential learning opportunities at post-secondary institutes in Alberta.


Program Status: Active
Alberta-based: No
Organization Type: Academic Institutions & Researchers
Post-Secondary Students


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 students already registered in an undergraduate program that are interested in emerging technologies 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.   


  • Increase awareness and interest in research and innovation careers that are at the intersection of health and emerging technologies.    
  • Create opportunities for emerging talent to acquire experience and connections in Alberta’s health research and innovation ecosystem.   
  • Increase the competitiveness of Alberta as a destination for research and innovation talent. 

Funding: Variable (check with your post-secondary institution) 

Funding Term: Up to four months 

Open Intakes

Summer Research Studentships - Intake

Due date: Continuous

More details


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 an SRS Studentship, Studentship Applicants must: 

  • Be registered in an undergraduate degree program at a university in Canada (note: this may be waived by universities to allow exceptional high school students to participate); and 
  • Be able to participate in the SRS program at the Alberta-based university to which the student applied.  

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 a maximum of four studentship recipients per supervisor per year for SRS.  

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 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 SRS program.

How To Apply

For students: 

Under the guidance of Alberta Innovates, the host post-secondary institutions administer the SRS competition program. The following sections describe the general eligibility criteria and application instructions. Exact competition details will be communicated by each participating post-secondary institution. Please visit the respective post-secondary institution competition pages for information specific to their institution: 

For specific questions related to studentship competitions and applications, please use the respective post-secondary institution website for support.  

For post-secondary institutions:

We are now accepting applications from post-secondary institutions who wish to apply for block funding. Application is by invitation only. To begin your application, please reach out to the program contact below.

The deadline to apply is October 30, 2023, at 3:00 PM MT.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the program contact below.

Evaluation Process

All studentship applications must be: 

  1. Assessed for merit through a competitive process; and 
  2. Assessed for relevance to Digital Health priority areas. 

Follow the links in the “How to Apply” section to access information for current competitions at each participating post-secondary institution. 

Studentship intake cycles and timelines are determined by each participating post-secondary institution and posted on their respective websites. Please follow the links in the “How to Apply” section for more details.  


The following resources are specific to post-secondary institution applicants.

Program Contact

Nicole Mardis

Director, Health Innovation Talent

Open and Upcoming Intakes

Summer Research Studentships - Intake

The Summer Research Studentships (SRS) program provides undergraduate students with paid experiential learning opportunities at post-secondary institutes in Alberta, enhancing their interest and success in health research and innovation.


Funding History

Student names, supervisors, and projects to be published on a three-year trailing basis.