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 nontaxable stipend of $4,500 for the duration of sixteen consecutive weeks at 35 hours of work per week. The faculty supervisor provides a top-up of $1125 to the NSERC portion.
See attached PDF for full competition guidelines and how to apply.
Note - Effective October 1, 2017, the Office of Research and Innovation Services requires that faculty members are required to 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.