NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program

The Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program offers an opportunity to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences or in engineering. If you are thinking of continuing your studies at the graduate level, participation in the USRA program is a great way to explore advanced study in your field. Qualified indigenous students are encouraged to apply for this award.

To be ELIGIBLE TO APPLY for an award, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person;
  • be registered in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university at the time you apply; and
  • have obtained a cumulative of at least 75% in your previous university academic year (college transfer students and Year One (1) students must have at least 75% average at the end of the current year).

To HOLD an award, you must:

  • be registered in a bachelor’s degree program;
  • have completed all the course requirements of at least one year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree;
  • have been registered in a bachelor’s degree program in the term immediately before holding the award;
  • work under the supervision of a faculty member authorized to supervise students;
  • have a proposed research project that clearly lies within natural sciences and engineering;
  • be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during tenure of the award (16 consecutive weeks); and
  • have not started a graduate studies program.

If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, this award is for you!

Application Process:

To apply for the NSERC USRA, download the following documents:

Download the Summer NSERC USRA Application Steps
Download the NSERC USRA Student Reference Form

Application Deadline:

January 31, 2022  however, students should contact their faculty/department for internal deadline.

For more information, please contact Student Central at studentcentral@lakeheadu.ca.