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Summer Student Awards


​​CAN TAP TALENT is pleased to offer summer student awards. A central principle of CAN-TAP-TALENT is equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA), and this grant will follow the Tri-Agency Dimensions of Care and Government of Canada Best Practices in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) research.


This grant aims to provide awards to students to enhance the knowledge and skills to deliver and advocate for equitable, anti-oppressive care for their patients and clinical research participants as well as equitable, anti-oppressive academic and work environments.


At this time, this CIHR-funded CAN TAP TALENT Student Summer Award is exclusively for candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or visible minority student researchers.

Candidates will have an opportunity to increase their clinical trials training and capacity through a summer enrichment experience at an academic clinical research centre.

CAN TAP TALENT will accept a rolling intake of applicants to meet capacity. This Summer Student award is open until funds are fully allocated.


Application Process
This Summer Student Award follows a two-step application process. In the initial step, priority is given to applicants who self-identify as belonging to a visible minority (Black, Indigenous, Visible Minority, etc).


Step 1: Please fill out the online application here.

Step 2: Upon completion of Step 1, you will receive a link (within two business days) to complete the Summer Student Award Application.

Application Guidelines:

Applicants will be asked to provide (1) a personal statement, (2) an academic CV, (3) a letter of support from an Academic Supervisor, and (4) an academic transcript.

1. Personal Letter of Intent:

This letter should be no more than two (2) pages and should include the following elements:

  • Describe how your project or academic interest is related to clinical trials.

  • Describe why the CAN-TAP-TALENT program is of interest to you and how you expect to benefit from this training experience.

  • Discuss your current training environment and supervisory support;

  • Describe your professional, academic, and extracurricular experiences/achievements and how they will have prepared you to successfully complete this CAN TAP TALENT program.

  • Describe your career goals and how the award would help to support your pursuit of these goals.

  • If applicable, describe barriers that you have experienced as a member of an underrepresented group in science or research and how you have sought to overcome these barriers. How would this award support you to overcome barriers relative to equity, diversity, and inclusion?


Please Note: In compliance with the Declarations of Research Assessment (DORA), CAN TAP TALENT encourages applicants to include complementary achievements which are not included in traditional academic records. These achievements will be considered to provide a more holistic reflection of a candidate’s personal achievements. These complementary achievements will contribute to your total score.

2. Academic CV

3. Letter of Support

4. Academic Transcript

Applicants must have completed a minimum of two terms at the time of submission of the application and their GPA must be B- at the time of taking up the award.

Funds Available:

There will be up to 8 Summer Student Awards available. The value of the individual awards will be $6000 CAD. 

The duration of the award is 14 to 16 weeks on a full-time basis. The activities conducted during the tenure of the Award are governed by the agreements, including employment agreements (if applicable), you have with the host institution and the relevant terms and conditions of awards.

Selection Process

The selection process of award applications will be carried out by CAN TAP TALENT and will be based on the following three selection criteria:

  • Academic excellence

  • Clinical research potential

  • Expected quality of the training and mentorship to be received

Competition Timeline:

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling intake to meet capacity. This summer student award will be open until funds are allocated.

Extended Deadline April 28, 2024 – Apply Now


If you have any questions regarding the Award, please email or

For post-award inquiries, please contact

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