COVID-19 Summer Studentship Grants

OMSA recognizes that 2020-2021 has been an unusual school year for everyone, and that as a result of the pandemic, summer employment may be even more challenging than usual to obtain. We also recognize that medical school is extremely expensive and that many students rely on their summer earnings to minimize their debt. In an effort to support Ontario medical students, we have created this one-time-only grant to fund student projects for Summer 2021. 

There will be a total of $15,000 of funding available and students may apply for either of the following grant options:

Part time funding: valued at $2,500, appropriate for projects that will require at least 12 hours of work per week for a minimum of 10 weeks
Full time funding: valued at $5,000, appropriate for projects that will require at least 25 hours of work per week for a minimum of 10 weeks

The purpose of the funding is to compensate students for their otherwise unpaid labour, not for the purchase of materials or supplies. The funding will be distributed as a lump sum at the beginning of the summer. 

Inclusion Criteria
Any project that is being completed under the supervision of a University or Hospital staff
Any project that is related to the field of medicine, including primary research, medical education, ethics, history of medicine, etc. 

Examples of projects that would be considered: 
A history of medicine literature review with the end goal of producing a poster presentation 
A quality improvement research project with the end goal of producing a paper for publication 
A comprehensive review of your schools curriculum with the deliverable being a proposal on how to improve the hidden curriculum.

Exclusion Criteria
Projects that are receiving funding via another source (i.e. school studentships, paid by supervisor) 
Projects that will not have a reasonable deliverable paper, poster, proposal, etc. for end of summer 2021
Projects that will not require a minimum of 12 hours of work per week for the medical student applying. 
Projects or work that falls within the purview of a defined volunteer role (e.g.. your Med Soc position) 
Projects that are a part of the student’s graduate studies 

Examples of projects that would not be considered: 
I want to learn French this summer and will be taking a course (no reasonable deliverable or concrete end point)
I am starting the PhD portion of my MD/ PhD studies and am looking for additional funding (already receiving funding, work is part of graduate studies)

How to Apply
Complete this Google form with your demographic information and upload your letter of intent and a letter of support from your supervisor. The application deadline will be Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm

The letter of intent should include a detailed description of the project that you will undertake this summer including the deliverables that you will have completed by the end of the summer. You should also detail how many hours a week you will be working on this project over the summer and what skills you hope to develop as a part of this project. You may also wish to include how this work will benefit you personally or professionally. 

The letter of support from your supervisor should include a description of their qualifications, a brief overview of the project, a description of your role in the project, and an attestation that you are not being funded by other means for this project. The letter should be signed and dated by them. 

Before applying to this grant, please review the other OMSA grants that are available to ensure that your project is not better encompassed within other grants offered  (notably the Medical Student Education Research Grants or the Innovator Grant). 

Grant Distribution 

The applications will be reviewed by the OMSA Grants committee based on the standard rubric. The top 25% of applications based on the average of two evaluator’s markings will then be put into a randomized draw to decide the final grant winners. Applicants should expect to hear back from OMSA regarding their application status no later than April 26th, 2021 regardless of outcome. 

The grant will be awarded in two equal installments. The first installment will be made at the start of the summer. The second installment will be released to the awardee after the submission of a midterm report outlining the project’s progress to date and accompanied by a letter from the student’s supervision indicating satisfaction with the progress. Successful applicants will sign a contract confirming that they will return the awarded funding if the project does not come to fruition and/or there is no deliverable by the end of September 2021. 

Successful applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their project outline and a brief personal statement for publication on the OMSA website. 

Please note that this is our first and likely only time delivering this grant. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new process.


Please submit any questions or concerns to VP Finance Rae at