Summer Opportunities


Summer Job Opportunities

For more details about job opportunities please follow this link to the Human Resources site.  Many of the part-time positions available at Western are open to our students year round.  Jobs are posted under Staff Careers on the Working at Western website.  Departments may also post jobs within the department or through Western Connect.

Digital Media Student Intern

We are looking for highly motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic students with skills and interests in e-learning to assist our faculty in moving content online for the Fall semester. This 3-month summer position is open to undergraduate, graduate, medical, and dental students; these are full-time positions (35 hours per week), work will be done remotely and/or occasionally on-campus depending on the A-V material being produced. Please see the job description for further details. If you have further questions, you may direct them to Janelle Pritchard, Manager Graduate Studies:

Deadline to apply: June 3rd, 4:00 p.m.

  • Application process: please complete the online form, ensuring all fields are completed.
  • Transcripts: Not required at this time.
  • References: Students may be required to provide a reference.  The committee will communicate this with candidates directly.
  • Interview: This may be required, and only candidates being considered for the position will be contacted directly (by email). Please provide your UWO email address in the form below.
  • Notifications: The timeline is very tight, and we hope to notify successful interns by June 8th, 2020 (this is after the start date of the position, yes). The payment will be for the full month of June until the end date.
  • Preference for undergraduate studentspreference given to students entering their 4th year or who have just graduated from 4th year. 

Dean's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (DUROP)

The Dean's Undergraduate Research Opportunites Porgram provides outstanding science and basic medical science undergraduate students with the opportunity to acquire research experience with a faculty member at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and to discover the value of a biomedical research career. 

The award stipend, provided by the Dean, is $3,000 for 16 weeks of research. In addition, students receive a minimum $3,000 matching stipend provided from their supervisor (faculty member).

The application for a Summer 2020 DUROP position will open on January 14, 2020. The deadline for submission is 11:55 p.m. om February 14, 2020.

DUROP Application


  • Students need to decide what type of research interests them.
  • Students must then find a potential supervisor (faculty member) by reviewing the relevant departmental and faculty member websites.  All areas of research within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are eligible for DUROP.
  • Faculty members who have been granted supervision duties with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies may supervise undergraduate students. Ask if they are eligible!
  • Work with the faculty member to discuss possible summer projects.
  • Faculty members may interview as many students as they wish but only one DUROP application per faculty member will be accepted. 
  • Students may be asked to provide the faculty member with both their transcript and CV.
  • Once a mutually agreeable project is determined, both the student and the faculty member must complete and submit the application.  Please note:
    • The project description must be clearly outlined.
    • The role of the student must also be clearly described.
  • Award winners will be notified by email on March 27.
  • Students must formally accept the DUROP award before winners are announced.
  • Students who are accepted for the NSERC-USRA competition are ineligible for the DUROP award.

If you have questions, please contact the BMSUE office


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) enable undergraduate students to gain research experience under the supervision of a faculty member who holds an active NSERC award. 

The award stipend provided by NSERC is $4,500 for 16 weeks of work. In addition, students receive a minimum 25% supplement provided from other sources.

To apply for a NSERC USRA through the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry:

  1. Consult the website of Western's Office of Research & Development Services
  2. See the NSERC website for information on USRA application guidelines, eligibility criteria, program requirements, and FAQs.
  3. Students should read the relevant department and faculty members’ websites for information on areas of research. This will help students to identify the appropriate faculty members as supervisors for their USRA research work.
  4. Contact suitable faculty members to discuss possible summer projects. A list of eligible faculty members within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is available from Joan Estabrooks, Manager, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education Office,  Medical Sciences Building, Room 138 after November 19th.  The list is not available online.

When a student and a faculty member reach agreement on a possible summer project:

  1. The student must login or register at NSERC website .
  2. The student must complete Form 202 Part I online. Please note that “Official” transcripts are not required for Western students who plan to complete their USRA at Western. A copy of your Academic Record can be requested from Joan Estabrooks and emailed to you. Please include your student number in the email. The Academic Record Legend is not required for the Form 202 Part 1 as Research Western will provide this to NSERC.
  3. As an academic record that includes marks from first term courses must be submitted with your application, please do not ask for a copy until January when all marks are available.
  4. The student should print and complete this Stipend Form. The faculty member with whom they are applying should sign this and fill it in. There is no need for any other signature on the stipend form, except your supervisor’s.
  5. The Schulich NSERC USRA competition requests completion of this Supplemental Form to provide more details for the adjudication panel.
  6. The faculty member should login or register at NSERC website and complete Form 202 Part II online. The student will need to provide the supervisor with their "reference number". Part I and II can be fully completed but the supervisor should not submit the application until the academic record is attached in early January. The deadline for faculty members to submit Form 202 Part II is Monday January 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Applicants must use the online forms available on the NSERC website. Please make sure you use the current version of Form 202, which is available on the NSERC website.

Applicants must submit the Stipend Form and Supplement Form to the Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education Office, MSB 138, by the deadline of Monday, January 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  A printed copy of your NSERC USRA application (Part I and II) is not necessary. Do not submit any additional materials with your application.

Recipients of these awards are expected to be selected by early March 2020.

Please note: Students may only apply with one Schulich Medicine & Dentistry supervisor. Each eligible Schulich Medicine & Dentistry supervisor may submit one application. Please confirm that your supervisor is aware of this. 

Preference is given to second- and third-year students.

Helpful Links:

For further information: contact the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences Education Office, at 519.661.2111 ext. 83169 or email Joan Estabrooks, Manager.

Western Internal Funding - Student Grants

Internal funding opportunities sponsored by Research Western are provided to those who meet the individual eligibility requirements for each program. Please read the program guidelines carefully, and forward any inquiries to (or email the contact identified on the program's website).