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2020 Summer Student With Lived Experience 

CategoryResearch  Req NumberRES-19-00042 DepartmentBloorview Research Institute 
Work typeTemporary Full-Time 
FTE 1.00 
Posting Close Date01/31/2020 

Bloorview Research Institute Summer Student With Lived Experience Opportunity

Funded by: Bloorview Research Institute


The Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) established the summer student work placement opportunity for students with disabilities to enhance the inclusion of young people with disabilities in pediatric rehabilitation research. This work placement will expose young people with disabilities to the field of research and pediatric rehabilitation and provide them with the opportunity to experience a unique mentorship experience. Through this position, successful applicant(s) will work with their mentor on a research project and partake in the Ward Summer Research Student Program, in which they will attend informative Lunch ‘n’ Learns and participate in the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day where they will have an opportunity to present their findings to the organization and its visitors.

Supervisors available to accept a student for this position for the 2020 summer term include:

  • Dr. Sally Lindsay
  • Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou
  • Dr. Elaine Biddiss
  • Dr. Azadeh Kushki
  • Dr. Fiona Moola
  • Dr. Amy McPherson
  • Dr. Shannon Scratch


This BRI summer student opportunity in pediatric rehabilitation research will be awarded to 1-2 students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a full or parttime undergraduate or college program with a minimum cumulative average of 75% over the last two years.
  • Pursuing any field of study that has potential to bring value to research in pediatric rehabilitation. Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to a particular discipline. Examples include: engineering, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, social work, psychology, sociology, health sciences, nursing, pediatrics, health policy, etc.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with one of the supervisors available to accept students, listed above. Please clearly indicate in your cover letter, a maximum of 3 supervisors you would be interested in working with.
  • Have lived experience with physical, cognitive, developmental, neurodevelopmental disorder or disability, or brain injury.
  • Candidates must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status (and eligible to work in Canada)

Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 4, 2020 to July 24, 2020. Students will be paid $14.00 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay. Students will be paid biweekly through payroll. Part time employment will be considered if requested by the candidate.

Applicants will be supervised by one or more scientists at Bloorview Research Institute (depending on the availability of scientists).


Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Academic achievements (transcripts and resume)
  • Letter of recommendation (i.e., academic reference)
  • 200-word description outlining career interests and goals

Finalists will be interviewed by an appointments committee (in person/ by phone). Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all of their documentation (including transcripts and reference letters) are received by January 31, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is recommended that applicants arrange for their reference letters well in advance of the deadline.


Recipients of the award will be asked to participate in promotional activities upon receipt of the scholarship (including publishing their name, picture and career goals).

How to apply

Candidates should submit their application through Holland Bloorview’s Current Openings website to the relevant job posting.

Complete applications include the following:

  • cover letter including the supervisor(s) you would be interested in working with and evidence of motivation to pursue a career in pediatric rehabilitation research (200-word description outlining their career interests and goals)
  • most recent unofficial academic transcript
  • resume
  • one letter of recommendation

If the person providing your reference wishes to submit directly to BRI they can do so by emailing srajeshwaran@hollandbloorview.ca, noting in the subject line your first and last name, as well as the last name of the scientist(s) you have applied to work with.

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 About the OrganizationJoin a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves over 7,500 families annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in two successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada.

Holland Bloorview has won numerous awards including Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We offer an inspiring, innovative, and collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fostering a climate of equity and diversity and welcomes and respects the diversity of our clients, families, staff, trainees, volunteers, trustees and partners. As part of our commitment to fair and equitable recruitment and selection practices, we encourage applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application by pressing the "Apply" button near the top of this page. Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220. 

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