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Introduction to research

Summer Introductory Program to Health and Social Science Research - For students in the domains of health sciences, nursing, medicine, social or human sciences.

Various organizations offer research education scholarships for undergraduate students. The financial support, varying between $4200 and $5000, comes from theFonds québécois de recherche en santé (FQRS), the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health.

These programs aim to foster undergraduate students’ interest in health and social sciences research and to provide the best applicants with funding so they can carry out introduction to research activities in a university environment for the duration of the scholarship

Every year, the Centre for Studies and Research on Family Health Intervention (CERIF) welcomes two to four students with scholarships. Depending on the funding organization, the internships are done between May 1 and August 31 of each year.

Eligible applicants

The summer introductory program to health and social science research is offered to undergraduate students at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (Gatineau or St-Jérôme Campus) who meet the following criteria:

- Full-time students must be registered in a regular undergraduate program in a Québec university.

- Students must have completed at least one year of study but not the entire program.

- They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents domiciled in Québec (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, Art. 1.1) for a minimum of one year.


To be awarded an internship, please contact the holder of the Canadian Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health and the CERIF in order to discuss the possibility of a project combining your personal interests with those of the CERIF. You have to be accepted in a research laboratory in order to submit your application. The CERIF's staff will provide you with support in submitting the required documentation.


Applicants are selected by the universities which also review their work-term report on the basis of two criteria:

  • The applicant's capacity to benefit from the summer program
  • The scientific and educational merit of the proposed project

Depending on the funding body, the project can be presented from different angles.

For the internship offered by the FQRS:The research theme involves a human health issue related to the student's program of study and is aimed at understanding human biology and its dysfunctions (eligible themes cover all aspects of health and illness, regardless of the methodology and models used). The purpose of the clinical experience is to promote the development of intellectual and technical competencies

For the internship offered by the FQRSC:The research theme involves psychosocial aspects of life and health. Individuals, families, or communities’ development and functioning are examined through different angles: parent-child relationships, marital and parental relationships, family transitions and life trajectories, adaptation, intercultural relationships, beliefs, and social networks and support. 

For the internship offered by the CIHRs:The research theme must involve clinical or biomedical research, including the examination of health services and nursing practices. Social-cultural and environmental aspects of individual or population health are domains of interest.

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For more information on scholarships offered in the framework of introduction to research internships, please consult the Internet sites of the funding organizations mentioned above. If you would like to have such a learning experience within our team, please contact the CERIF and the Canadian Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health for further details.