Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Summer Term 2023

This notice is from the archives of The Notice Board. Information contained in this notice was accurate at the time of publication but may no longer be so.

The USRAs are meant to nurture your interest and develop your potential for agency-specific research careers. They also encourage you to undertake graduate studies in different 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. The agencies encourage qualified Indigenous and Black students to apply for this award.

Each agency provides a nontaxable stipend of $6,000 for 16 consecutive weeks at 35 hours of work per week. The supervisor provides a top-up of a minimum of $2,730 to each agency's portion.

New for 2023 Competition:

1. Awardees are now encouraged to give a poster presentation of their research activities over the summer at the UG Research Symposium (an outreach initiative organized by the Faculty of Arts and Science) during the last week of August. Details will follow.

2. Self-Identification is very critical. The online system has been updated -- returning applicants should also ensure their information is updated.

3. CIHR and SSHRC USRAs are exclusively for Black students. Although the application is through the NSERC online system, CIHR and SSHRC will send their notifications of results.


•             December 2022: Launch of 2023 USRA competition.

•             January 31, 2023, at 4 p.m.: Application deadline (Mandatory).

•             February – March 2023: Applications are sent to the NSERC Scholarship Selection Committee for review and ranking.

•             March 2023: Notice of Decision is distributed to applicants.

•             May--August 2023 (16 consecutive weeks): Term of the award.

 For more information on Full Eligibility and How to Apply, click here.


NSERC website: Resource Video, the Undergraduate Student Research Awards, Form 202 (must be logged in to NSERC Online system), and the  Instructions for Completing an Application -- Form 202.

 If you have any questions regarding the upcoming USRA competition, don't hesitate to contact us at usra@uleth.ca.


Sola Fasunwon | ursa@uleth.ca | 403-329-2101