NSERC – Undergraduate Student Research Awards – April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

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Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) encourages undergraduate students to stimulate their interest in research in natural sciences and engineering, and to encourage them to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. In order for them to gain research experience that complements their studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide them with financial support through their host university.


Undergraduate students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who have completed at least two terms of a bachelor program, have a B standing >=(70%) and not have started a graduate program, and be engaged in full-time research working under a supervisor who currently holds NSERC funds, or Canada Research Chair. To be eligible to hold an award in the summer, students must have been enrolled in at least one course in their program of study, in at least one of the two terms immediately previous to the award to be eligible to hold a USRA. Students can hold one USRA during a fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), and a maximum of three during their undergraduate program.

Funding Availability

$6,300 (minimum) based on minimum wage of $11.25/hr. plus 4% vacation pay. In addition to the salary costs over NSERC contribution of $4,500, the supervisor is responsible for benefit costs of 9.25%. 

Project Duration

16 weeks, (35 hours per week) 

Special Notes

NSERC may announce a small number of supplementary awards for the fall 2016 in addition to the regular quota. Unused fall quota places may be carried over to the winter semester. There may be further additional supplementary awards announced for winter 2017 semester. Departments may wish to keep a “B” list of eligible USRA applicants if they qualify for either the Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 semesters, in the event they are allocated any supplementary awards. The Office of Research Services will announce the availability of supplementary awards to colleges as we become aware of them. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Departments send a copy of the application (Form 202 Part I & II) and the student’s transcript to the Office of Research Services in hard copy. Please send these as one package per department and attach a list of the students’ names and supervisors. Please contact Annette Clarke if an extension is required to fill a position, are unable to fill a quota, or if a position will be deferred to the fall 2016 semester.  Please note that OR-5’s are not required. If a student has self-identified as an Aboriginal student, these applications are not counted towards the quota (another application should be sent in addition to this one, or let Annette Clarke know if the department cannot fill it). 

External Deadline

(next working day, as May 15 falls on a SundayGrants Officer submits online applications to NSERC. 

How to Apply

Student completes Form 202 Part 1 and uploads their unofficial transcript, then verifies; student’s supervisor completes Form 202 Part II (obtains reference number from student on Form 202 Part I) and verifies, saves and “submits to LO” on NSERC website. Student prints Form 202 Part 1 along with unofficial transcript (official for non- Guelph students), Form 2 (internal form) and any other information requested by department (if applicable) and submits to contact person listed in the job posting by the deadline set. 

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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