High School Health Research Bursary Award

  • January 16, 2014
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Work placement: June 30 to August 15, 2014

Student application deadline: 4pm, May 2, 2014

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The High School Health Research Bursary Award is a program designed for senior students interested in post-secondary studies in Health or Life Sciences. Top science students in grades 11 and 12, who are interested in pursuing or have been accepted into a university or college level science program, are eligible for a bursary of $1,500, and will be paired with research mentors from internationally renowned research programs at Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Major research centres and institutes include the Population Health Research Institute, Henderson Research Centre, Offord Centre for Child Studies, Centre for Gene Therapeutics, Juravinski Cancer Centre, The Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, The Brain and Body Institute and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.

As a result of funding received from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Hamilton Health Sciences and partner institutes have been able to expand the bursary awards program across Ontario. School boards are invited to nominate a single, deserving student in grades 11 and/or 12 (maximum of two student applicants per school) to compete for 12 available spots.

Corporate Partners and Signature Sponsors


Since its inception in 2004, the program has grown thanks in part to the interest from our corporate partners and signature sponsors Tripemco Burlington Insurance Group Limited, Aviva Traders, and Waterloo Insurance who have collectively contributed $106,000 over the past 10 years! We look forward to another successful year in 2014.

2013 Bursary Video

2013 High School Summer Student Research Bursary Awards

High School Summer Student Research Bursary Awards provide an opportunity for Ontario’s top science student’s to work aside world-class researchers.

Program Overview

Work placements are in Hamilton, from June 30 to August 15, 2014. Students will work regular workday hours Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays) between 8/9am to 4/5pm. Transportation or parking costs (to and from placements) within Hamilton are covered for all students in the program. Residency at McMaster University which includes accommodations, meal plans, and transportation or parking costs to and from work placements are available for accepted students residing outside the following areas:

  • Grimsby/Beamsville
  • Dundas/Hamilton/Stoney Creek
  • Brantford
  • Burlington/Oakville

Application Requirements

Students are required to submit an application along with a 1,000-word essay and a letter of nomination from a science department head and/or teacher. Additionally, grade 12 students must include an acceptance letter from a recognized university or college for September 2014 enrollment.

Students must be nominated by their high school’s science department head and/or teacher. Submissions will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel, and a minimum of twelve bursaries will be awarded for 2014.

Applications must be emailed to by 4pm, May 2, 2014.

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If you are a Researcher considering mentorship, please visit the Mentor Information page.