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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards


  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to work on a research project in the natural sciences or engineering with a supervising faculty member.
  • The award is intended to stimulate student interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and encourage students to continue on with graduate studies and careers in these fields.
  • Funds for these awards are provided by NSERC with additional support from supervising faculty members through their own NSERC grants.
  • Successful students will receive $7,000 over a period of 16 weeks (May to August) for full-time work on a research project.


To apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be registered (at the time you apply) in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university.
  • Have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least a B- (70 per cent, 2.7 grade points).
  • Have completed one full year of university course work.
  • Hold one USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) and a maximum of three USRAs throughout their university career.
  • Be registered in a bachelor’s degree at an eligible university in at least one of the two terms immediately previous to the award (graduating students are eligible to apply provided they will not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering during the term of the award, May to August 2019).

*Students enrolled in universities other than Ontario Tech University must apply through our university's application process and must provide original transcripts from their home institution. 

You are not eligible to apply if: 

  • You are an international student.
  • You are currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Nursing).
  • You have a higher university degree (e.g., masters, PhD, etc.); or will be commencing a graduate program in the natural sciences or engineering before August 2019.
  • You have previously held a total of three NSERC USRAs.


Successful applicants will be chosen based on the following criteria as demonstrated in their transcripts and Summary of Interest: 

  • High academic standing based on grades from their previous year of study.
  • Level of experience and training relevant to the specific research project position they have applied to work on.

 For more information, please visit the NSERC website.