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Ward Family Summer Student Research Program

The Ward Family Summer Student Research Program is a highly prestigious student experience offered by the Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) giving undergraduate students an opportunity to experience a unique interdisciplinary mentorship within the field of childhood disability and developmental differences research.

Successful incumbents will work with a BRI scientist and their team on a research project, participate in lunch and learns and other activities to enhance both their training and research experience. The program will culminate with an opportunity for students to showcase their work at the 18th annual Anne & David Ward Summer Student Research Day, which will be held this year on July 23, 2024.

This year's 12-week program will run from May 6 to July 26, 2024.

The program is generously supported by the Ward Family Foundation.


  • The program runs for 12 weeks from May 6 to July 6, 2024
  • Students will be paid $16.55 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay
  • Students will be paid biweekly through payroll

Application Process

Applications for the 2024 Ward Family Summer Student Research Program will open starting the week of December 11th, 2023, on a rolling basis. 

Deadline to apply: February 19, 2024.

Visit Holland Bloorview’s current job opportunities on our Careers website to apply.

Sparking student Opportunities for Advancing inclusive childhood disability Research (SOAR)

To provide students experiencing structural disadvantages based on their identities, socioeconomic backgrounds and lived experience with invaluable research and mentorship opportunities, the Bloorview Research Institute has created SOAR positions within the Ward Family Summer Student Research program .

Like all positions within the Ward program, these opportunities will expose the successful candidates to the field of research and pediatric rehabilitation while providing them with a unique mentorship experience. 

The SOAR positions are available through a new partnership between the Bloorview Research Institute and the Community of Support-Research Application Support Initiative (COS-RASI). Administered by the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine, COS-RASI is a collaborative initiative that provides learners from underrepresented communities with mentorship and support at various stages of their research career journey. These students include but are not limited to those who identify as Indigenous, Black, Filipino, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or identify as having a disability.

Applications to the SOAR positions for any prospective COS-RASI students have now closed. We appreciate your interest and recommend visiting our website in December 2024 for next year’s program details. Students who are currently registered with the COS-RASI program can submit their applications through the job portal between February 19 and March 1, 2024.


SOAR is generously supported by the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.