Please carefully review the steps below to apply for the INSPIRE Program.

1. Review the eligibility criteria

INSPIRE Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student (undergraduate or recent graduate) interested in pediatric research
  • Does your course schedule permit program participation? Students must be available four to six hours each week.

2. Complete the online application through Better Impact

The 2024/2025 calendar year intake cycle will open starting June 3 and will be ongoing till September 30, 2024. The INSPIRE application can be accessed here.

INSPIRE application form

For a complete application, a CV, unofficial transcript, your general availability, and your tentative course timetable for the duration of eight months are required.

With Better Impact, students will be given the opportunity to select the project they would like to be considered via the Interests link under your My Profile.

Better Impact-My Profile view

Upon submitting your application, the INSPIRE team will review your information, cover letter, current class schedule and marks, resume, writing sample regarding EDI, and agreement regarding hours.

Once accepted in the program you can look under “MY PROFILE”   in the interests tab to see what studies are available for possible enrollment. Please log in everyday to check for new studies.  As studies are filled they will be removed from the list.

Better Impact - Interests view

3. Interview

The interviews will be set up between the candidates and research teams. Only successful applicants will receive an interview invitation.

4. Notification of Decision

What Happens Next? The program coordinator will send the list of online training modules to the successful applicants to complete before their first day in October.

While applying for the INSPIRE program, please note these required steps before working with a research team. Once you have been selected to volunteer with a research team, you will need to complete the following online courses:

 Please be prepared to spend a few hours working on these courses.
You will also be requested to do the following:

  • A criminal record check
  • Required to submit your QR Code for proof of vaccination against COVID-19
  • Attend an INSPIRE student orientation.

Considering these required steps, we strongly encourage people to apply to the program and look forward to reading your application! ​

INSPIRE 2023-2024: Dates and Deadlines

  • Completion of INSPIRE program: April 30, 2024

INSPIRE 2024-2025: Dates and Deadlines

  • Project Intake for Investigators Opens: June 3, 2024
  • Student Application Opens: June 3, 2024
  • Student Application: Will be ongoing until Sept. 30, 2024
  • Student/Investigator Project Matching Begins: August 1, 2024
  • Student Interviews: Sept. 1 – Sept. 30, 2024
  • Notice of Decision Closes: Oct. 15, 2024
  • INSPIRE Project Intake for Investigators Closes: Oct. 2, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. PDT
  • INSPIRE Onboarding: Sept. 1 – Oct. 15, 2024
  • Completion of INSPIRE program: April 30, 2025

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