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When to Join

Undergraduate students often wait until their final year to approach potential research supervisors, but we suggest seeking a lab placement much earlier. You can apply for work study or ROP (PSY299) openings as early as the spring of your first year. And many psychology labs have year-round volunteer openings for students at any stage of their academic career. Getting involved in lab work early gives you more time to explore your interests, perhaps by trying out multiple labs before you graduate, or becoming more deeply involved in a particular lab that suits your interests and needs best. Students who start out in our lab in their first or second year often receive priority when we consider applications for IRP (PSY403/404) and honours thesis (PSY400) placements. See the table below for more details.

If you are a prospective PhD student interested in joining the CLASS Lab, we encourage you to contact Dr. Johnson directly in the fall before you apply to make sure Dr. Johnson is considering applications in the next application cycle (applications are due each year in early December). Be sure to mention Dr. Johnson’s name when you apply if you want to ensure she sees your application. The U of T Psychology Department no longer accepts students to the MA program, but excellent applicants with a BA/BSc or MA/MSc in psychology or a related field can be accepted directly into our PhD program.

  • U of T student

  • PSY201H5 and PSY202H (or equivalent)

  • 0.5 FCE in psychology at the 300 or 400 level

  •  cGPA of at least 3.2 (normally above 3.4 on competitive basis)



  • cGPA of at least 3.0

  • minimum time commitment of 8 hours a week

Course Credit




When to Apply

Applications accepted throughout the year​

How to Apply

Work Study

  • U of T student

  • cGPA of at least 3.0

  • time commitment of 8 - 15 hours a week



Summer Jobs: April/May

Fall Jobs: August/September

Visit the CLNx website for job listings and application procedures

Research Opportunity Program (ROP)

  • U of T students

  • See pdf for specific psychology requirements



February/March of 1st, 2nd or 3rd year

Visit the ROP website for application details 

Independent Research Project (IRP)

  • U of T student

  • PSY201H5, 1.0 FCE in PSY at the 300 level, cGPA of at least 3.2



September/January/April of 3rd and 4th year 

email Dr. Johnson to obtain approval

visit the IRP website for application form

Honours Thesis



April of year preceding final year (e.g. 3rd or 4th)

email Dr. Johnson to obtain approval

visit the Honours Thesis website for application form

NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

  • Registered full-time at the time of application in a bachelor's degree program in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award

  •  cGPA of at least 3.7 

  • Must have completed a minimum of two academic terms (1st year students are ineligible)

  • Priority is given to UTM students



March of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or final year

email Dr. Johnson to obtain approval

visit the NSERC website for application form

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, or other Person of Colour (BIPOC)

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at an undergraduate university and will have completed 16 semester-long classes in a relevant field by the first day of the SROP

  • Interested in applying to graduate school in psychology, management, or neuroscience 



November - February

visit the SROP website for application form

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or combined undergraduate/master’s program at an eligible institution

  • Have one to three semesters remaining in their program

  • Meet the grade requirements for your country of study

  • Be available to complete a 12-week internship, between May 1 and July 31, and returning to their country of study between July 31 and October 31

  • Possess a valid passport


Stipend for food, housing, airfare

August - September

visit the Mitacs website for application procedure

PhD, Psychology

  • a four year Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent


Fully funded, stipend provided


email Dr. Johnson to see if she is accepting applicants 

visit the U of T Psychology website for application procedure

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