Research Training Centre
- 686 Bay Street - 3rd Floor, G2 East - Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning - Toronto, Ontario, M5G 0A4
- 416-813-7654 ext. 301426
- SickKids Research Training Centre
The Research Training Centre (RTC) at SickKids supports over 1,200 undergraduate research students, graduate research students, research fellows, and research associates in their career, skills, and research development.
At SickKids, you’ll work alongside renowned researchers across our seven multidisciplinary research programs, as they pursue some of the most innovative and impactful paediatric health research in the world.
You'll gain recognition from working with our world-class researchers to uncover new insights into biological, medical, and social questions. Our staff is here to support a meaningful work environment, and to nurture and advance your professional career.
Become a Research Student or Fellow
Find information on joining SickKids as a research student or fellow, moving to Toronto, and the benefits of pursuing your education at SickKids.
SickKids Summer Research (SSuRe) Program
Learn more about the SSuRe Program, including program activities, how to apply for a research summer student position, and important deadlines.
Check out the skills and career development programs and opportunities you’ll have access to when you join SickKids.
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards
Apply for awards, scholarships, and research funding opportunities through SickKids and other external organizations.
Check out Kids Science for more information on opportunities such as the StAR program and Summer Mentorship program.
About the RTC
Since 1997, the Research Training Centre (RTC) has enhanced the training, support, and career development of students, fellows, and staff in the RI through targeted initiatives that include internal funding competitions, skill and career development programs, special events, policy development, and advocacy.
Students and fellows from around the world pursue research at SickKids over the course of any given year, including undergraduate students, summer students, graduate students and research fellows. The RTC also serves clinical trainees pursuing research as part of their medical education.
We offer several benefits as you pursue your undergraduate, MSc, PhD, postdoctoral research, and future endeavours.
Skills and Career Development
We offer a robust skills and career development curriculum in collaboration with experts from within the organization and across Canada, ensuring you have the skills and support you need to succeed here and in your future career.
You'll be backed by strong financial support for any research, including the oversight, support, and administration of internal and external scholarships, fellowships, awards, graduate research student stipends, and research fellow salaries.
Policy and Advocacy
We serve as the core policy development and advocacy forum for research student and fellow issues.
We will track and support you with the necessary resources as you progress through your research training at SickKids, and into your career.
Exclusive Events for Research Students and Fellows
We regularly host special events aimed at celebrating research excellence and achievement of our research students and fellows.
We publish a regular RTC email newsletter with education, funding, and job opportunities. We also support the publication of The Training Post, the Research Institute's monthly research student and fellow publication.
A message from Dr. Simon Sharpe, Associate Chief, Research Training and Career Development
Innovation, collaboration, creativity, rigour, and impact—these are the hallmarks of excellence in research, and research training, for which SickKids is known around the world.
These are also the hallmarks of the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers training in one of our seven multidisciplinary research programs. If you’re already one of those people, we’re proud to have you. And if you’re considering joining us at SickKids, I hope you take some time to explore what the Research Training Centre has to offer you while at SickKids. Our professional and career development programs, research funding, and community building are part of what makes SickKids a fantastic place to pursue undergraduate, MSc, PhD, or postdoctoral research.
The Research Training Centre, which was founded in 1996, works to ensure that you can make the most of your time at SickKids and leave here ready to take on whatever your career, and your life, has in store. We offer a number of research funding opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows at every level, and an exciting—and ever-growing—curriculum of skills and career development programming that will help you succeed as a researcher and excel in whatever career you choose. In the summer, we provide summer student positions for a number of exciting research and training opportunities through the SickKids Summer Research Program (SSuRe).
The Research Training Centre also offers opportunities to get involved in the Research Institute community through the Career Development Committee, The Training Post (our research student and postdoctoral newsletter), the Postdoctoral Advisory Committee, the Research Associates Advisory Committee and many others. Through our special events, we aim to inspire you, to celebrate you, and to offer you training opportunities you’ll get nowhere else. We also work to advocate for the needs of research students and fellows to the SickKids, University of Toronto, and national communities.
The Research Training Centre is committed to supporting the Kids Science program with their mission to educate and inspire youth to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) related fields.
Our fundamental goal at SickKids is to create a better world through advances in research and medicine. One of the best ways we work to achieve that goal is by providing you with the skills and opportunities to go out and improve the world, wherever you are. It starts here.
Simon Sharpe, PhD
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