Above: Dr. Malcolm Sears with four CHILD Cohort Study participants at AllerGen’s January 2019 Research Conference.

2021 award application deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021. Details below.


The Sears Undergraduate Summer Studentship (Sears Studentship) provides financial support of up to $6,000 to an undergraduate student working full time for at least 12 weeks on a research project involving data generated by the CHILD Cohort Study, under the supervision of an investigator working with CHILD data.

Sears Studentships aim to foster interest in the fields of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and in allergic and related immune diseases among undergraduate students by enabling them to work with CHILD research teams. 

The Sears Studentship was created in 2019 to honour Dr. Malcolm Sears, the Founding Director of the CHILD Cohort Study, who led the planning of the Study from initial discussions in 2004 and served as its Director from its inception in 2007 until passing the leadership to Dr. Padmaja Subbarao in July 2017.

Read about the inaugural 2020 Sears Studentship recipient


Details regarding the 2021 Sears Studentship competition will be announced in late 2020.


Help give undergraduate students a unique training opportunity. Help to spark in them an enduring interest in health research and/or clinical practice⁠—an  interest that might lead them to pursue advanced studies in a related area. Help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders in the fields of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and in allergic and related immune diseases. 

Donations toward the Sears Studentship, for which a charitable receipt can be issued, can be made through the CHILD Cohort Study’s partner organization, The Sandbox Project, by credit card (through the form below), or by a cheque made out to “The Sandbox Project” and mailed to: The Sandbox Project Charity, 30 Adelaide Street East, Suite 301, Toronto, ON M5C 3H1.