Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) sponsors a program of Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in research. USRAs are meant to nurture and encourage undergraduate students towards graduate studies and a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. These awards provide financial support through your host university, and allow you to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply for this award.

USRAs supplement the salary of a summer student working on an individual research project, designed with a faculty member who holds an NSERC Research Grant. Faculty of Agriculture USRAs will be held for 16 weeks in the summer of 2018.

Verify with your proposed supervisor that they are eligible. Supervisors must be NSERC grant holders during the period of supervision.

Completed applications, including transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this stage), are to be submitted to Sara Murphy, Research Office, Cumming Hall, by 28 February 2018.

Faculty of Agriculture Awards

Number of Awards: Three (Note: additional awards may available for Aboriginal students who meet the eligibility requirements)
Value of USRA: $4,500 for a 16-week period. Universities/professors are required to supplement the amount of the award by at least 25% of its value.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  •  Registered in a bachelor’s degree program (at the time of application) in the natural sciences or engineering.     
  • Must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor’s degree.  Students graduating in May are eligible to hold an award.
  •  Minimum cumulative average of B- (70%).
  • Not held three other USRA awards

NSERC also offers undergraduate Experience Awards. These awards provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain research and development experience in an industrial setting. Information on Experience Awards can viewed at: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/Experience-Experience_eng.asp. The value of these awards and the eligibility criteria for the industrial awards are similar to those listed above.      

Awards approved for Dalhousie may not be transferred to another institution.

2018 USRA application instructions [PDF - 17KB]

2018 USRA research questionairre [PDF - 10KB]

Applicants can contact Sara.murphy@dal.ca to get a research submission form.