NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

About the NSERC USRA Program

The NSERC USRA program provides funding for students having strong academic standing to conduct research in a university laboratory or Canadian-based research facility of any Canadian private-sector organization. The awards are considered to be very prestigious and carry a total value of at least $5625 ($4500 from NSERC and at least $1125 from the university). From NSERC’s description of the USRA program:

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

Most undergraduate students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants having a cumulative GPA of B or better are eligible to apply. At York University, the award must be held for 16 weeks during the Summer Session. Please see NSERC’s program description for full details.

Current application information