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Research and Funding Opportunities at Canadian Universities and External Nursing Organizations


The following are research opportunities for nursing students specific to Canadian nursing programs across the country. These research opportunities include funding opportunities, opportunities to become a Research Assistant, or research events. This is not an exhaustive list of the nursing research prospects available to students. Any further questions related to research and funding opportunities can be directed to



Dalhousie University
Contact: Julie Barry Research Tel: 902 494 6125   Email:    CTNHR email:


All faculty, students and knowledge user partners interested in participating in scholarly research activities are welcome and encouraged to apply for membership status with the Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research.

There are three categories of membership:

  • Research Scholar
  • Knowledge User Scholar
  • Trainee Research Scholar

At the application stage, potential members will be asked to state which one of the four research pillars of CTNHR their interest most aligns with.  The four pillars are:

  • Health Needs of People
  • Health Systems & Health Workforce Planning
  • Knowledge Translation & Implementation Science
  • Marginalized Populations & Health Equity


St. Francis Xavier University

Contact: Research Services Group Location: Nicholson Tower – 7th Floor Phone: 1.902.867.2393 Email:


Every summer close to 100 undergraduate students undertake research projects under the supervision of StFX faculty.  With the exception of the Research NS Scotia Scholar Undergraduate Research Awards which are applied for through the Research NS website, applicants submit using the ROMEO Researcher Portal, with a deadline of NOON February 7 (when this date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due at NOON the next business day).


Events:  Student Research Day


The annual Student Research Day at St. Francis Xavier University was started in March 2003 by Dr. Angie Kolen-Thompson, an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Kinetics.  She credits the idea to her own graduate student research experiences from which she adapted to suit the students at StFX.

The Student Research Day gives students the opportunity to showcase their research or advanced studies undertaken as part of their upper-year classes, advanced majors, honours, or graduate programs.  An evening is dedicated to displaying the students’ work in either an oral presentation or poster format with the presenting students available for a couple of hours to provide other students, faculty, staff, and interested community members with the opportunity to discuss the research presented.


Cape Breton University 



Funding: NSHRF Scotia Scholars Award (Undergraduate)

The Scotia Scholars Awards provide financial non-refundable financial support of $5,000 for 8 months to high caliber research trainees engaged in health research at Nova Scotia universities. The objective of the Scotia Scholars Award is to support the development of the next generation of highly qualified researchers and leaders in Nova Scotia health research enterprise, and to encourage continued interest in health research careers. Funded applicants have the distinct honour of carrying the designation of Scotia Scholar.


More information 


University of New Brunswick

Event: Nursing Research Day is an opportunity for health care providers, educators, policy makers and community members to learn about the innovative research being done by students and faculty at University of New Brunswick.

For more information, please visit:


Group: Qualitative Health Research Group at UNB Saint John-FR and SJ

The overall goal of this initiative is to bring researchers, faculty, students and other stakeholders from across disciplines and sectors together to build qualitative research capacity in the Saint John area.  The objectives of the group will be to:

•    Share expertise across disciplines, sectors and qualitative traditions
•    Provide a forum to explore philosophical perspectives, methodology, methods and proposals
•    Promote opportunities for networking and interdisciplinary work
•    Share resources (e.g. references, transcription services)
•    Support scholastic and professional growth of undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (e.g. vetting research proposals or providing mock defences)


Contact: Dan Nagel- Department of Nursing and Health Sciences   E-mail:

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Opportunity: Many faculty hire undergraduates to work in their labs during the term through the university’s MUCEP program. Jobs are posted during the first week of each term. This is a great way to get a taste for research and make connections with faculty and students in the department.


Funding: This database contains information on internal and external funding opportunities for researchers at Memorial University.

Opportunities can be searched by keyword, strategic research theme, deadline or sponsor. Although every effort is made to ensure opportunities are assigned to the relevant theme, researchers are encouraged to search opportunities in all thematic areas.


Contacts: Centre for Nursing Studies (MUN)
Areas of Faculty Research:



McGill University

Faculty Research Interests:



Brock University

Faculty and Research:


Conestoga College (McMaster)

Research at Conestoga:

Leading Research in Seniors Care:

Researcher: Dr. Veronique Boscart (CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care). Veronique’s research interests focus on evidence based care in gerontology, curriculum development of gerontological education for nurses and health care professionals as well as care models for residential care settings. E-mail: Website:


McMaster University

Research Overview:


Queens University

Nursing and Health Research:


Ryerson University


Opportunities: Apply to become a research assistant at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.

Events: SRC Colloquium

The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing SRC Colloquium is a forum for faculty and their collaborators to share their scholarly, research or creative activities. Each colloquium takes place in room POD-463, Podium Building. All Ryerson community members are welcome to attend.

Sault College (Laurentian University)

Applied Research Centre:
Contact: John Coccimiglio Title: Applied Research Manager  Phone:(705) 759-2554 ext. 2498

Applied Research
There is often confusion between basic or fundamental research and applied research. Applied research deals with solving real-world problems that usually have direct commercial application. Basic or fundamental research is carried out to increase understanding of theories and fundamental principles and often times the end results have no direct or immediate commercial benefits. In applied research, activities such as prototype development, feasibility studies, clinical trials, technical consultation and problem solving are often involved.

How does the ARC help
The ARC facilitates the development of applied research projects from start to finish by participating in these activities:

  • evaluating and launching projects
  • identifying funding opportunities and help to prepare applications for R&D assistance and tax credits
  • assisting with the management of projects
  • arranging faculty release time to allow project participation
  • providing participants to work on projects
  • liaising with Facilities Management to provide work space, laboratories, and other facilities within the College


Ottawa University 



University of Toronto 

Research Opportunities:


University of Windsor 



Western University

Research Supervisors:



Red River College

Research & Innovation Day:


Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Nursing Undergraduate Research Internship Program:


University of Manitoba

Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research:


Undergraduate Research Award:


University of Saskatchewan 

Research Tools:



MacEwan University

Research Scholarship:


North Island College

Nursing Scholarship:


University of Calgary



Thompson River College

Undergraduate Research:


University of British Columbia

Internal Grants:


Researcher: Lillian Hung, RN, PhD, Clinical Nurse Specialist (VCH). Lillian’s research interests focus on technology and dementia. E-mail:


University of Alberta



University of Victoria

Researcher Database: Expertise database, designed to give you access to the wealth of expertise that the University of Victoria has to offer. This database is extensive, but it doesn’t include all faculty members or every area of expertise at UVic.


Event: Nursing Research Day 2020 is a one-day scientific conference aimed at sharing and showcasing the research conducted at the University of Victoria School of Nursing, its college partners and the communities within which they are involved. It brings together students from both the undergraduate and graduate programs, instructors, professors, and community members.