NSERC USRA

The deadline for 2018 NSERC USRAs applications is Monday, February 26, 2018 by 4pm to the EEB Undergraduate Office.

Some points to keep in mind when considering applying:
  • You must have at least a cumulative average of at least a B-.
  • You must have completed at least minimum two academic sessions.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for applications.
  • Please complete both parts of the revised online Form 202 ensuring that both you and your supervisor include all required information.
  • No hand written or manual typewritten applications will be accepted by NSERC; only the online application through the NSERC website.
  • Please ensure the start date of May 7, 2018 is filled in on the application.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a Student/Supervisor Certification Form and must bear the ORIGINAL signatures of the student and the supervisor. 
  • It is recommended that you use the checklist that is part of the information on our link to ensure your application is complete. NSERC will not accept applications that are incomplete and will send them back to the department.
  • While completing your online NSERC application, please take the time to review the NSERC USRAs Video Tutorial to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. 
  • For more information: Program Guidelines and Application Procedures
  • NSERC-USRA FAQ prepared by U of T Research Services: NSERC-USRA_FAQ
Selection Criteria
The selection committee considers the following:
  • Assuming all other variables pertaining to the application are met, students with the highest cGPA receive high priority. The committee also looks at what courses the student has taken, especially courses that are of relevance to the project, as well as the student’s reasons for wishing to do a summer NSERC.
  • Students in their second, third or fourth year of study are equally eligible. However, it is recognized that students in their second year have another chance to apply (next summer), and this is the last chance for a student in their fourth and final year. Therefore, all else being equal, students will have higher priority in third year.
  • Applicants who have held a previous NSERC-USRA (or UTEA) receive lower priority.
  • Two applications from one lab will be accepted. The sponsoring researcher will be asked to rank both applicants. The second-ranked applicant receives lower priority.

Summer 2018 NSERC-USRAs - 16-week research award - starting May 7, 2018

USRA application information will be captured from the NSERC online system. Therefore, all applications *MUST* be completed by students and their supervisors online. Applications must then be printed and signed manually. Those prepared by any other means (e.g., handwritten or manually typewritten) will *NOT* be accepted.

An application checklist is available to assist you. Please refer to this to ensure that your application is complete and admissible.

Only NSERC-eligible professors can be supervisors. List will be available soon.

Applications are due no later than Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the EEB Undergraduate Office.

It is imperative that both parts of Form 202 are complete. An application is not considered complete without an official transcript attached. *NSERC requires a scanned PDF of your transcript along with the online application. Please include the official transcript that was used for your scanned PDF copy. Only one copy of the official transcript is required.  Official transcripts can be ordered online through the Student Web Service (SWS - ROSI). For more information on ordering transcripts please see the following link: U of T Transcript Centre. Official transcripts can take up to several days to be available. Please be sure to order your transcript well in advance of the NSERC deadline.

Letter of Intent: In addition to a transcript, students must also include a signed one page statement outlining their academic interests, reasons for wanting to participate in research and how this award will benefit your career goals. In this letter please include a concise list of your research experience, including (but not limited to) work study, Research Opportunity Program (ROP), independent research/project course, and volunteer experience.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact Colleen de Borst Kerluk, Undergraduate Administrator at colleen.kerluk@utoronto.ca.