Training/Join Us


A variety of other training opportunities exist for individuals wishing to gain experience in the TFL research environment.

Co-op programs: Students enrolled in university co-op programs such as those at UBC, the University of Victoria or Simon Fraser University may apply to undertake a work term in the Terry Fox Laboratory. These are usually decided in early November for terms starting in January, and in early June for terms starting in September.

Summer studentships: A limited number of summer positions for undergraduate students are usually available. Most of these are dependent on the receipt by the candidate of a competitive summer Studentship funded by the BC Cancer Foundation, the UBC Faculty of Medicine or NSERC.  Students should check with the different agencies for eligibility and deadlines (typically December or January).

Directed Studies: It is also possible for advanced undergraduate students at UBC to do a directed studies project or honours thesis during the academic year (eg. Medical Genetics 448) under the supervision of TFL faculty.

Visiting student programs: Opportunities exist for undergraduate or graduate students from foreign or other domestic institutions to undertake short-term internships or research projects within the TFL.  Such students are typically funded by grants or fellowships from their home country or institution.

Opportunities for recent graduates: Occasional short-term (6-12 month) opportunities are also available for students who have recently completed their undergraduate degree or MSc degree, and who wish further experience in laboratory research.

Further inquiries about any of these programs can be obtained by writing or phoning the TFL directly.