Alberta Innovates Summer Studentships

The Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship (formerly the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Summer Studentship) program provides funding to support students engaging in medical and health sciences research and innovation during the summer months (May-August). The objectives of the SRS program are to: 

  1. Encourage SRS recipients to pursue high impact careers in health research & innovation
  2. Introduce students to cross-disciplinary research & innovation in emerging technology areas
  3. Build a network of highly-talented individuals that can advocate on behalf of the research & innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

The Undergraduate Research Initiative administers the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship program at the University of Alberta. Please do not apply to Alberta Innovates directly. Contact URI for all inquiries related to the program. You can also schedule an appointment with us to receive feedback or advice regarding your application by contacting us at uri@ualberta.ca or using our online calendar. 

University of Alberta students wishing to apply to the Alberta Innovates SRS program for work at the University of Calgary must apply through the U of C competition. For information about applying through the U of C, visit their website.

Priority Areas for 2021

Alberta Innovates routinely adjusts the SRS program guidelines to increase emphasis on capacity development in areas of strategic relevance to the province.  As a condition of our funding from Alberta Innovates, 30% of awards are to be directed to projects that align with one or more of these priority areas: Digital Health, Data Enabled Health Transformation, and Health Innovation and Technology Acceleration. Please see the definitions below. 

Applications aligning with one or more priority areas are strongly encouraged but are not treated preferentially in the adjudication process. The proposed research aligning with the priority area(s) should be within the scope of the student's proposed work, integral to the overall research project, and well-rationalized throughout the project proposal.

Digital Health
Digital Health – the convergence of digital and emerging technologies with health, healthcare, living, and society. It has the potential to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery through personalizing medicine, enabling better access to care and empowering citizens to manage their own health.
Data Enabled Health Transformation
Data Enabled Health Transformation - the creation, amalgamation, analysis, and application of large quantities of complex information to improve health /or healthcare decision-making. Examples include: data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence platforms.
Health Innovation and Technology Acceleration
Health Innovation and Technology Acceleration - while not all discoveries have a clear path to adoption and use, research can be approached in ways that increase the potential for uptake, such as by considering marketplace need, industry pull, technology partnerships, scale-up requirements, and the types of evidence needed to mobilize support for further development. Increasing the availability of talent that can accelerate the development of innovations - particularly related to the Internet of Medical Things, xR, wearables, personalized health, and health economics – is of high priority.

Program Guide & Resources


Participant Waiver 

As per University of Alberta risk management procedures, participants in the Alberta Innovates SRS program will be required, upon award acceptance, to review and sign the following participation waiver: 

The purposes of this waiver and release of liability document are to ensure you are aware of the risks associated with the activity, to accept those risks, and to help you understand your responsibility in case of injury or property damage arising from your participation. This will allow you to make an informed choice about whether to participate. This is a legal document and, by signing it, you are giving up certain legal rights, including the right to sue should you be injured during participation. For more information about waivers, visit the Insurance & Risk Management website.

Note: This waiver is only required for successful applicants at the time of award acceptance. This waiver does not need to be submitted with your application.  


How to Apply

The Alberta Innovates SRS application must be submitted online. Paper or email application forms will not be accepted. We recommend that students and supervisors complete the application using the offline template provided, then students should submit the final, completed version through the Google Form.

Students will be required to upload a PDF of their transcript(s) to the Google Form. A Google account (i.e. Gmail) is required for the application form. University of Alberta applicants can use their institutional Gmail account (@ualberta.ca). If you do not have a Google account, please contact URI for assistance.

Note: Students may apply through the Alberta Innovates SRS application process to be considered for the following awards (according to student/supervisor eligibility):

Applicants are asked to provide information to help determine their eligibility for these awards and consent to share application materials (including transcripts) with the relevant agencies. In the event that your Alberta Innovates Summer Studentship application is not successful, URI will forward your application package to these other competitions (as applicable) for further consideration. All subsequent notification/administration related to these awards is the responsibility of the corresponding agency.


Deadline for Applications

The deadline for Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship applications for the 2021 competition has passed. Watch this page for updates regarding the 2022 competition in late fall.