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Neurosciences & Mental Health

Education and training opportunities

SickKids is an internationally renowned teaching hospital which is home to Canada's largest, hospital-based child health research institute hosting over 1,000 researchers. SickKids is affiliated with the University of Toronto. Within the organization, a number of opportunities have been initiated to provide training programs and resources for the next generation of life science researchers. With research programs focused on a variety of disciplines, we are always interested in recruiting world class talent from all educational backgrounds and academic levels. Students and fellows can refer to the Research Training Centre (RTC) for detailed information about specific training programs, funding opportunities and awards, seminars, links to application forms, and links to career sites.

Post-doctoral fellows

All trainees within the program must be registered with the RTC, which provides valuable resources, and coordinates trainee activities. In addition to providing a limited number of 'Restracomp' fellowships, the RTC runs career building exercises and provides valuable information on moving to Toronto and working in one of our labs. Researchers who have received their doctorates in appropriate disciplines within the last five years and are interested in contributing to any of our research programs are encouraged to contact the principal investigator directly.Current openings may also be found on the SickKids Careers site.

Graduate students

Typically all students training in the Neurosciences & Mental Health program need to be registered as students at the University of Toronto. In general, students who are considering undertaking masters and/or doctoral studies with members of the program should contact the relevant university department first to enquire about the specific application processes.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate opportunities within the program include co-op placements (available throughout the year), summer studentships and lab volunteers. Co-op placements are typically funded through research grants, while summer studentships are available through NSERC and SickKids own internal competition – the Samuel Lunenfeld summer studentships. Please refer to the SickKids Summer Research Program (SsuRe) site for information about summer student programs.

High school students

While we don’t provide formal training opportunities for high school students, we do have some opportunities for high school students to learn about science and get experience in the lab. You can learn more by visiting Kids Science.