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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

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.

*** NOTE: 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.

Full competition guidelines and how to apply can be found on the ORIS Funding Database. Please note: The Summere 2020 competition is now closed. Please check back frequently for more informaton on the Fall 2020 competitiion (more details coming soon!).