The deadline has passed for the Summer 2018 NSERC USRAs. Please check this page in January 2019 for detailed information about Summer 2019 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 students’ interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. 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. The award value is ~$6000.

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.
The deadline for completed NSERC applications will be announced here. Applications are typically due mid- to late-February. You can also visit the NSERC USRA page for more details.

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