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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
Internal Deadline for 2016 competition: TBA (mid-February)
The NSERC USRA program is intended to stimulate undergraduate students’ interest in pursuing research in the natural sciences and engineering. The objective of the program is to provide a research work experience to complement the degree program in order to encourage students to consider graduate studies and/or research career in the natural sciences or engineering.
To be eligible to apply for an award you must
To hold the award you must
You may hold a maximum of three USRA awards throughout your university career.
Eligibility of supervisors
Brock University guidelines require that the proposed supervisor hold an active NSERC research grant at the time of application. In addition, faculty members whose research grants terminated on March 31, 2015, but who have received an extension to use remaining funds from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 are eligible to supervise a USRA student in the summer or fall of 2016 or the winter of 2017. For a list of eligible supervisors please contact Josie Reed.
Value and payment of awards
You may hold your award at your home university, at another eligible university, or in an eligible Canadian company. You must apply at the institution where you wish to hold your award. To apply at another university, please contact a faculty member or the department where you wish to work.
Travel allowances are available if you use your award at a university other than the one where you are currently registered.
Duration of the award
The duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks on a full-time basis. We hold one competition per year. At Brock University, students generally hold the award during the Spring/Summer term (May–August), but the award may also be held during the Fall or Winter term.
Applying for an NSERC USRA
Brock University's 2016 USRA application form and guidelines will be available by early January 2016. To receive your copy, please email Brock’s USRA Liaison Officer, Josie Reed, Office of Research Services.
For a tutorial video on NSERC's USRA program click here.
Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program
A number of Canadian companies participate in the NSERC USRA program. If you are interested in an industrial award, contact the company directly. See the NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program website.