Application deadline: February 1
Recent award competition results: In 2012, twelve summer studentships were awarded (34% success rate). In 2011, twelve summer studentships were awarded (39% success rate). In 2010, twelve summer studentships were awarded (52% success rate).
Cystic Fibrosis Canada Summer Studentships are intended to provide support to students engaged in summer research projects in areas of the biomedical or behavioural sciences relevant to cystic fibrosis, normally under the direction of CF clinic directors or principal investigators based at a Canadian host institution. The research project should be attainable within the three-month term of the award.
Full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline are eligible to receive this award. Under certain circumstances, other special academic situations may be considered for a Summer Studentship.
The proposed supervisor need not be in receipt of a Cystic Fibrosis Canada grant.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada Summer Studentships are intended to provide financial support for the three-month period June to August, and are awarded for a single summer. Summer Students are eligible to apply for an award in successive years.
The value of a Cystic Fibrosis Canada Summer Studentship is reviewed on an annual basis, and will correspond with prevailing rates. In 2013, the amount is $5,000 per award.
Summer Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the demonstrated merit and potential of the applicant; the suitability and excellence of the proposed research environment; and the intrinsic value and feasibility of the proposed research.
One supervisor cannot submit more than two summer studentship applications to any one competition. The supervisor should not rank the applications submitted.
Applications must be made by the proposed supervisor on behalf of a student. Applications directly from students cannot be accepted.
Applications, official transcripts and a letter of support from the proposed supervisor must be received by Cystic Fibrosis Canada on or before the February 1 deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will be returned to the applicant.
Use of funds
Cystic Fibrosis Canada Summer Studentships are stipend awards.
Terms and conditions
a. Payment of grants
Summer Studentship awards will be paid, through the institution concerned, in a single payment on 1 June.
b. Earnings from other sources
Summer Studentship awardees may not hold a second major award during the term of this award.
All students participating in this program must agree to complete the summer studentship award form and submit a report, written by the student, describing their summer project, no later than September 30. This report is not to exceed four (4) pages with figures to be inserted, and should include: a brief statement of the purpose of the project; methods and materials used; results and their interpretation; conclusions; and a declaration that the student performed the necessary experimentation and wrote the report. A list of appropriate references should be included following the 4-page report.
It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure that the student submits the completed form and written report. If a report is not submitted, the supervisor will not be permitted to submit a summer student application the following year.
d. Transfer of awards
Summer studentship awards may not be transferred from the student in whose name the application was submitted.
e. Karen Lackey Award
The application for a Summer Studentship that receives the highest ranking in the annual competition will be awarded the Karen Lackey Award, a $250 book allowance.
To accept the award, the Summer Student must submit a one-page biography and a brief statement of his or her career goals. The $250 book allowance is payable at the conclusion of the grant, upon receipt of the four-page report on the research project, and a letter of thanks to Mrs. Gladys Lackey written c/o Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Subject to the availability of funds and under certain circumstances, the recipient the Lackey Summer Studentship award may also be eligible to apply, in writing, for a Special Travel allowance to assist with travel expenses that are related to the presentation of their research at a scientific meeting.
f. William J. Skelly Award
Each year, all Summer Students are considered for this $500 cash award, initiated by the Kinsmen of District 8. The Skelly Award is granted to the Summer Student who is deemed, on the basis of his or her report, to have conducted the most outstanding work that summer. The award is made on the recommendation of Cystic Fibrosis Canada's Medical/Scientific Advisory Committee. If, in the opinion of the Committee, no project is considered worthy in any one year, the prize need not be awarded.
Subject to the availability of funds and under certain circumstances, the recipient of the Skelly Summer Studentship award may also be eligible to apply, in writing, for a Special Travel allowance to assist with travel expenses that are related to the presentation of their research at a scientific meeting.