Discovery Fund


The Discovery Fund ($3000) is a scholarship program that aims to spark interest in international health research among non-medical undergraduate students. Students will have the opportunity to engage in an academic learning experience that includes a structured summer project on global health issues. This fund is limited to undergraduate students at the University of Toronto.


Applications for 2019 are now available. Please download this fillable PDF document: UTIHP Scholarship for International Health Research

If selected, please submit a manuscript and poster submission upon completion of your project on November 2019 (tentative date). For more information about these submissions, please read this document.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday, March 29, 2019. Email your applications to If you have any questions about the scholarship, please direct them to

How it works

Finding a supervisor

The Discovery Fund is intended to help undergraduate students either conduct their own original research, or assist in ongoing research - in both cases, their research must be under supervision. We do not help applicants find their supervisors - they are required to reach out to prospective supervisors themselves, However, a good place to start would be the IMS Faculty List, DLSPH Faculty List, or by asking your professors.

Ethics Approval


All research involving primary data collection must be REB (Research Ethics Board) approved. Please ask your supervisors on how to best go about the REB approval process, or if you need REB for you project at all. However, as the approval process is not immediate, we will not require proof of REB approval at the time of application submission. Successful applicants will be contacted in the weeks after the deadline, and will be asked to submit proof that they have at least applied for REB. At the end of the project, recipients of the scholarship will be asked to submit a report on their research, formatted like a research article, any relevant receipts, and their REB approval in order to receive the $3000 reimbursement for their research. 

Conducting Research Abroad?

Please make sure that you fulfill U of T's requirements for conducting research abroad if you plan to travel for your project. Information on this can be found through the Center for International Experience.

Past Recipients
Heather Abela
Catherine Bobiash-Rozkiewicz
Quentin Fox
Vanessa Kishimoto

Evani Patel

Braden Kenny

Vardaan Gupta

Helena Najm

Zara Ahmed

Aseel Anabtawi

Simran Dhunna




Jesse Beatson

Nabila Purno

Sarindi Aryasinghe

Greg Dungca

Mary Qiu