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 to the NSERC portion.
** Fall 2019 Update: There will be no competition for Fall 2019, as no supplementary awards were provided from the agency. Please check back for more information regarding a possible competition for the NSERC USRA Winter term (award term: January to April 2020).
Full competition guidelines and how to apply can be found on the ORIS Funding Database.