Summer Research Programs

The call for projects for the 2021 CREMS Summer Program will be sent to faculty in late January / early February. If you do not typically receive these invitations please contact Lisa to add you to the distribution list 

The 2021 CREMS Summer Program projects will be posted here in May 2021 and open for applications. There are typically 40 remote projects available. If you are interested in a project, please contact the supervisor listed on the proposal directly with your resume and to request an interview.


IMPORTANT - CREMS COVID-19 Response for 2020

All 2020 CREMS projects are remote. Our Directors have worked closely with the Faculty of Medicine Vice Deans, MD Program, Graduate and Academic Affairs, and Research and Innovation, along with TASHNr, in order to move ahead with these remote Summer CREMS opportunities. Through our work, we have been able to move ahead with most projects, however, Sick Kids and WCH will not be participating in CREMS this year. The International CREMS Program is also cancelled.

*Please note that due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that any of the posted CREMS projects could be cancelled prior to official hospital onboarding. In particular, UHN is responding to COVID-19 outbreaks that could impact HR onboarding with delays or cancellations. These supervisors are moving ahead with interviewing and selecting the summer CREMS students, but your start date may be delayed or cancelled due to HR constraints.



Step 1: Call for projects goes out to all U of T Faculty - Late January 2021 / Early February 2021


Step 2: Project submissions are sent to an adjudication committee made up of both clinicians and basic scientists who review and score the projects 


Step 3:  The projects are reviewed by the faculty adjudicators and ranked. Funding is determined 


Step 4: CREMS will then notify all supervisors to let them know if their projects have been selected for the program. Successful projects will be posted to the CREMS website and students will be notified that they can now apply to the successfully funded projects listed 


Step 5: Students will begin to contact supervisors of the project(s) that they are interested in.  At this point we ask that supervisors set up a meeting with those interested and select which of these students they feel is most suitable for the project 


Step 6: Supervisors advise CREMS of their student selection and will be sent a Mentor Agreement form to be signed by supervisor and student that they agree to work with each other and that the Supervisor agrees to pay half of the total stipend ($2,750). Supervisors must have their student selection in to CREMS


Step 7: Mentor Agreement Forms to be complete and sent back to CREMS via email by June 2021


Step 8: Program begins early - mid June





CREMS Summer Research Program provides opportunities each year for medical students enrolled at the University of Toronto to participate in a full-time, 10 to 12 week summer research project between their first and second year, or second and third year of medical school, under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Students may choose from a list of supervisors and projects available on the CREMS website in February, or have a choice of their own research projects and supervisors. Unlike in the Research Scholar Program, the chosen supervisor is not restricted to one appointed to a graduate department at U of T.


The CREMS Summer Program is open to first- and second-year medical students as well as students with a Master's or PhD degree. MD/PhD students are eligible to apply for a one-time CREMS Summer Program, either between first and second year or second and third year of their medical training.

All students will be notified if successful in May 2020


The Summer Program formally runs for a continuous 10 to 12 week period from late May or early June to mid- or late August. You will work on the research project on a full-time basis, in addition to attending a short series of four to five mandatory seminars during the course of the summer. Seminars will feature a variety of topics related to biomedical research given by distinguished members of the Faculty of Medicine.


A stipend of $5,500 is included; CREMS will contribute $2,750 and the supervisor will be responsible for $2,750. The supervisor is also responsible for any extraneous study or travel expenses.

Application process

PHASE 1 SUPERVISORS: A call for submissions will go out to faculty in January

PHASE II STUDENTS: Students will choose from a list of available projects posted under Faculty Listing.

The student is required to submit an application to the CREMS Programs Office only once you and your supervisor have been selected by the adjudication team for funding. When you are notified that you are successful, a student application form will be sent to you. Please do not contact CREMS in order to obtain the application. The application should be prepared in consultation with your supervisor, not by your supervisor. A student curriculum vitae (CV) is not required. The student application will be due in late March (date to follow).

The Summer Research Program does not operate on a first come, first served basis. All applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed, ranked and selected by the CREMS Programs Director and a review panel consisting of at least three other faculty advisors.

The number of available positions offered depends on the availability of funding for that year; usually, 50-60 students/supervisor pairs are funded. Successful and non-successful applicants will be notified by early May. Please note that in order to qualify for the following summer studentship awards, you must apply to the CREMS Summer Program by completing the CREMS application form before the deadline. We will submit your application for consideration on your behalf to these foundations:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Summer Medical Student Award
  • Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada Studentship

Requirements for successful completion

Upon completion of the Summer Program, students will be required to submit via email to the CREMS Director:

  1. Formal project abstract fit for publication
  2. Supervisor Evaluation Form
  3. One-page Informal Report about your research experience

These reports are due at the end of September. Moreover, students are required to participate in the annual Medical Student Research Day held in February of the following year, by submitting an abstract and presenting a poster of their findings. Successful completion of the Summer Program will be evaluated by the CREMS Program Director and at least one other reviewer.