NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Please note: The Summer 2020 competition is now closed. Please check back frequently for more information on the Fall 2020 competition (more details coming soon!).

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply for this award.

The NSERC USRA provides a stipend of $4,500 to the institution for the duration of sixteen consecutive weeks at 35 hours of work per week. The faculty supervisor provides a top-up to the NSERC portion.

Effective October 1, 2017, the Office of Research and Innovation Services requires that faculty members supplement the summer studentships to adhere to current Alberta minimum wage requirements. Because these awards are now considered employment income by the Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) costs also need to be included. Please see the Notice Board for more information on this decision. 

NSERC has revised their guidelines on eligibility of health based research. Please review the following link to ensure that your proposed project is eligible. Projects must be ground in the NSE disciplines in alignment with NSERC Policies.

Please consult the competition guidelines for more information including application instructions. 




Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Stacey Leavitt
Grant Amount: 
$4,500 NSERC funding plus a minimum. Supervisor supplement of $1125.
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Internal Deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: