NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

To be eligible to apply for an award, a student must:
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be registered in a bachelor's degree program; and
  • 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 the university.
To hold an award, the student must:
  • have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of the bachelor's degree;
  • have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program;
  • not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering at any time; and
  • be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award. 
Value & Duration of Awards
These awards have a value of $4,500 for a full 16-week period. Universities are required to supplement the amount of the award by at least 25 percent of its value using other sources, such as university funds, NSERC grants, or any other research funds. Universities may also provide fringe benefits.
Application information:
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program (USRA).  Applications must be completed through NSERC's On-line System.  For 2017, the internal StFX deadline for submission of all NSERC USRA applications to the NSERC on-line system will be Friday, February, 10, 2017.  All qualified Aboriginal students are encouraged to apply for these awards; these applications can be approved by NSERC beyond the normal quota allocation of awards at any university if self-declared.  For more information, please contact: Office of Associate Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies.


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