2022 Keenan Research Summer Student (KRSS) Program Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Stream*

Deadline Date: March 18, 5pm (EST)

KRSS is recruiting 10 Black, Indigenous and other racialized students to join the Unity Health Toronto’s Research team as summer undergraduate students. Please see the student section of the research website for more information about the KRSS program.


This is an opportunity to:

  • Gain research skills, experience, and mentorship, to help prepare for graduate school or other career goals
  • Access professional development resources available
  • Participate in skill-building workshops related to professional development
  • Connect with other undergraduate students who are interested in health research

Students are paid $16/hour, 37.5 hours per week. The program is 10 weeks long (June 6-August 12, 2022).


  • Interested in building research skills and exploring a career in research.
  • Enrolled in a university/college undergraduate program (including medical students) in Ontario, Canada, in the Fall 2022, following the Summer Program.
  • Self-identified as Black, Indigenous or racialized.
  • Must be a person legally eligible to work in Canada, which is defined as a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant or the holder of a valid work permit. Must be able to provide supporting documentation.
  • Available to participate full-time (37.5 hours/week) for the full 10-week program (June 6 – August 12, 2022).
  • Available to work full-time onsite in downtown Toronto. Depending on the nature of the work some students may be able to participate in a hybrid model of both onsite and work-from-home. Students should be prepared however to work on site full-time if required.
  • Fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccines by May 22 2022. If your application is successful, you will have to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to your first day of work. Accommodations to this requirement under the Ontario Human Rights Codes may be available subject to supporting evidence.


 1. Examine this list of Principal Investigators (PIs) and their projects, and come up with 3 that you would enjoy working with, and prepare 3-5 sentences as to why. You will be prompted to include this information in the electronic application form in step 2.

2. Complete the electronic application form here: KRSS BIPOC Stream Application (google.com)

3. Send an email to KRSS.Program@unityhealth.to with the following attachments

  • Letter of Intent (see below for instructions)
  • Resume (tips for preparing a resume see here)
  • Proof of registration or admission to a university in Ontario (e.g. offer letter, transcript, etc.)
  • Supporting documentation (e.g. work permit) to confirm eligibility to work in Canada

*Please use this subject line when sending the above documents: KRSS BIPOC Stream Application – First and Last Name

**Please note that the hospital will conduct a reference check as well as a criminal background check for successful applicants (a criminal record does not necessarily disqualify you from employment) 


Please write a Letter of Intent (300-500 words) addressing each of the following points:

  • Tell us about yourself and explain what motivated you to apply for the KRSS Summer Student Program.
  • Describe your research interests. We want to know more about the issues or topics that you are passionate about researching, and what you find interesting about them.
  • We also want to know about the research methods or skills that you are especially interested in learning or practicing, as well as research skills or relevant experience that you already have.


  • Eligibility Screen: All applications submitted on or before the deadline will be screened for eligibility requirements (i.e., applications are complete when submitted).
  • Application Review: Applications will be reviewed and selected by an evaluation committee. Selected applications will be provided to Researchers for consideration. We are striving towards having a panel of reviewers that will consist of mostly BIPOC staff, students and researchers.
  • Interview with Researchers: Researchers will decide which students they want to invite for an interview and will make the final hiring decision. (tips for preparing for an interview see these two sites: Indeed & UBC)

All applicants will be notified to confirm that their application was received/complete and if they made it to the interview stage by April 2022.

*adapted from the MAP Summer Student Program with thanks for sharing their knowledge and experience with us

QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT: KRSS.Program@unityhealth.to