NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

NSERC USRA awards are meant to nurture interest and fully develop potential for a research career, as well as to encourage students to pursue graduate studies upon completing their undergraduate degree.

These awards provide students with 16 consecutive weeks of work alongside a researcher on the UNB Fredericton or Saint John campus, and can be applied for during each of the three terms in an academic year.

Value $4,500 + contribution from proposed supervisor over 16 weeks
Eligibility

Undergraduate students who have, or will have completed by the start of the award, at least one full academic year are eligible to apply.


Before starting your application, please verify you meet all eligibility requirements posted on the NSERC USRA Program Page.

Citizenship Canadian or Permanent Resident
Application Process

Before applying, consult the NSERC USRA Program Information page

Identify a supervisor Students who have determined they are eligible, should reach out to Faculty members who are eligible to Supervise a USRA student. If you are looking for help finding a supervisor, a good place to start is with your Department Secretary or Undergraduate Coordinator.
Obtain transcripts Transcripts are required to be attached to your application. Unofficial transcripts may be used at the time of application, but if you are selected for an award, official transcripts must be ordered from the Registrar's office.
Begin application
  • Both student and supervisor must complete a portion of the application.
  • A complete video guide to the application can be found online.
  • Written instructions can also be found online.
Submitting your application
  • As outlined in both the video and written application guide, students will submit their applica-tion which will provide a reference number.
  • Students will need to send the reference number to their proposed supervisor, along with the last name submitted in the student’s application.
  • The supervisor will then complete, and submit the application to the School of Graduate Stud-ies SLO through the NSERC Online System.

Supervising a student

In order to supervise a student, your research must fall into a research area that is fundable by NSERC.

Students associated with another institution are welcome to apply with a supervisor who holds faculty status with UNB.

For more information on eligible grants, please contact sgsaward@unb.ca.