Undergraduate Research Initiative

Alberta Innovates Summer Studentships

The Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship (SRS) program provides funding to support students engaging in health and medical research during the summer months (May-August).  The intent of the program is to encourage such students to consider careers in medical/health research.

The Undergraduate Research Initiative administers the Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship program at the University of Alberta. Contact URI for all inquiries related to the program. Please do not apply to Alberta Innovates directly.

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.

New in 2019:

Alberta Innovates has a strategic interest in supporting students interested in the area of Digital Health.  As a condition of our funding from Alberta Innovates, 20% of awards in Summer 2019 are to be directed to Digital Health projects.

Digital Health is defined as "the intersection of information communication technologies and health, discovering, developing, or leveraging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, sensors, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, bio-sensors, and in silico simulations."

Program Guide & Resources

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 (@ualberta.ca) Gmail account.  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 application period for Summer 2019 has now closed. Information about the Summer 2020 application cycle is not yet available; we will update this page as we receive information from Alberta Innovates.