The Summer 2019 NSERC USRA competition has passed. Successful applicants have been notified.

Please check this page in late January/early February for detailed information about Summer 2020 NSERC USRAs. 

Are you looking to gain research experience, while building your CV? Thinking about applying to graduate school, or even medical school? An NSERC USRA may be for you.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) offers Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) to stimulate an undergraduate student’s interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. These awards are also meant to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in any of the fields that fall under the natural sciences and engineering umbrella.

The department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology is allocated several awards each year. These awards allow students the opportunity to participate in research with a faculty member for 16 weeks during the summer. It is an award of $4,500 with a supplement of $1,125 for a total value of $5,625. 

General eligibility requirements:
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for applications at the university;
  • 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 second class (a grade of "B" or "B-," if applicable) as defined by your university.
Please see NSERC USRA for more details.

Note: If you are applying for an NSERC, you will also be automatically considered for the UTEA.