NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) aim to stimulate the interests of students in the research fields of natural sciences and engineering and encourage students to pursue graduate studies as well as a research career in these fields. These awards target students interested in gaining practical work experience in their chosen areas of academic studies. Qualified Aboriginal students are encouraged to apply.

The NSERC USRA provides a nontaxable stipend of $4,500 for a full 16-week period.  Supervisors are required to supplement the amount of the award by a minimum of 25 percent of the award value from their NSERC grants.  The supervisor should consider offering additional support in order to increase the market competitiveness of the award, to adhere to Alberta’s minimum wage, and to increase retention of students.


See the PDF attached for full competition guidelines and application instructions.

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Gillian Laird
Grant Amount: 
$4,500 NSERC funding plus a minimum $1,125 supervisor supplement
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Internal Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: