Schulich Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Student working at lab bench

The Schulich Research Opportunity Program is intended to foster an appreciation for research as an integral part of a medical career. The program provides support for research experience and mentorship from a faculty member within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. 

SROP is aimed at first year medical students who want to continue or expand on a project started through their Experiential Learning course. Applications may be submitted by individual students or by groups of 2 or 3 students. 

Research projects in both clinical and basic areas may be supported through SROP, as are projects across the full range of disciplines with Schulich. This includes laboratory research in any of the basic science departments, clinical and population health research, health services research, and research on medical education. 

International projects can be submitted through the Global Research Opportunities in Health (GROH) Program



SROP provides a stipend for one summer to medical students engaged in research. Participants will be paid $4,500 for an entire summer. Participants are expected to work full-time for 10 weeks on their project. If students are in a group, each student will receive $4,500.


Projects will be required to obtain Western University's Research Ethics Board (REB), Animal Care Commitee (ACC) or Biohazard approvals, as applicable, prior to commencement of the student's work. 

Supervisor Requirements

  • The supervisor commits to supervise and mentor the student(s) over the course of the SROP award. 
  • The supervisor is responsible for all research costs other than the student(s) stipend.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students are expected to present their research at Schulich's Annual Clinician Scientist Trainee Symposium and to take advantage of other opportunities to present their research at poster sessions or venues such as: London Health Research Day; institutional or departmental research days; regional meetings; and national or international meetings.
    *Although these activities are highly encouraged as a critical part of the research project, they may not conflict with curricular sessions unless specific permission is obtained from the Undergraduate Medicine Education Office.
  • Finally, students and supervisors will also be expected to complete a brief evaluation form after the end of the summer. The form will be provided by the Schulich Research Office.

Expected Number of Awards

It is expected that up to 8 - 10 awards will be made in the first year of this pilot competition.

Application Process

- Application are due February 8, 2021. (Individual Application / Group Application)
- Students/Supervisors will be notified of results by March, 2021.