Apply for a Faculty of Science Summer Research Award

Undergraduate Summer Research in Earth Sciences

Several types of awards are available for undergraduate research in the Department of Earth Sciences. Only one application is necessary to apply for all of them. A monthly stipend is provided to award holders for a period of 16 weeks between May 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018.

Please see the 2018 Summer Research Award Guidelines

Student eligibility summary·       

  • Canadian citizen and international students are invited to apply; While USRAs are awarded to Canadian citizens or permanent residents (NSERC regulations), international students compete on an equal footing for the other awards.
  • To be considered, students must be completing their 2nd year of studies or more, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7.
  • Students must include transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended.
  • Students planning to graduate in May must provide information on their plans after graduation
  • During tenure of the award, the student will be employed full-time in research activities in the natural sciences
  • Science students from other Canadian universities who wish to work with a Dalhousie faculty member may compete for the USRA awards

For more on rules and eligibility see:

The level of remuneration depends on the type of award. For NSERC USRA’s, the stipends for 2018 will approximately be:

  • For students who completed second year:      $7600 for the full 16 weeks
  • For students who completed third year:          $8000 for the full 16 weeks
  • For students who completed fourth year:        $8400 for the full 16 weeks

How to apply

Dalhousie students: Download and complete the application form. For each of your current X/Y classes, you must obtain a signed statement from the instructor indicating your midyear grade. Submit the application and your signed statement(s) to Isabelle Coutand in the Earth Sciences main office (LSC 3006, Biology/Earth Sciences Wing). Your application package must be received in our office by the deadline date of January 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

Non-Dalhousie students: Download and complete the application form. Mail the application form, along with your official transcript, to the following address:

Undergraduate Summer Research
c/o Isabelle Coutand
Department of Earth Sciences
LSC 3006 (Biology/Earth Sciences Wing)
1355 Oxford Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS   B3H 4R2  CANADA

What happens after you apply?

Your application will be considered for a variety of awards at the Faculty level (e.g. Federal NSERC USRA awards). In some instances, further information will be requested from you. We will attempt to place you in one of the research groups you have indicated on your application form. We will notify you of the competition results by the end of March.

Tips on choosing a research group in Earth Sciences

These awards are highly competitive. An offer will only be made if a successful match is made between the undergraduate award candidate and the head of the research group.  

Faculty Members

Please spend some time browsing these sites to learn about research groups with whom you may be interested in working.

  • Email or phone a supervisor you might like to work with. Mention that you are interested in a summer research position. If you live in the Halifax area, make an appointment to visit prospective supervisors in person. If you do not reside in Halifax, you can communicate through email or phone. DO IT NOW.
  •  Emailing or meeting with a faculty member does not commit you to work with that faculty member. Nor does it commit the faculty member to accept you. But it does dramatically increase the chances that a match is made.


Contact Isabelle Coutand at