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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

Are you a UFV undergraduate student in the Natural Sciences or Engineering? Get paid to do research over the summer!

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Program (USRA) provides an award for undergraduate students in the natural sciences and engineering areas of study to engage in research over a 14-to-16-week period over the 2022 summer semester (May to August). These are competitive national-level awards.

Students must be available to work full-time during the 14-to-16-week tenure of the award, from May – August 2022, under the supervision of an eligible UFV faculty member. The faculty member must agree to supervise your work and complete the faculty supervision section of the online application.

Interested? Here’s what you do:


Find a faculty sponsor

Talk to a faculty member in an eligible area (biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, geography and the environment, computing science, and mathematics and statistics) about your interests and see whether they will be able to supervise you.


Confirm your eligibility

Visit the NSERC USRA webpage and read through the instructions to confirm eligibility.


Draft a research project proposal

Work with your faculty supervisor to create a research project proposal. This is basically a detailed plan of the research project you would like to do if you receive USRA funding. (Remember, your project must fall under "natural sciences and engineering")


Submit your application by March 1, 2022

Follow the instructions on the NSERC USRA website to create and complete the online application by or before the UFV deadline of March 1, 2022.

Need more help?

  • Read through the Frequently Asked Questions on the NSERC USRA website.
  • Watch a tutorial on how to complete a USRA application. (NOTE: This tutorial was made prior to an increase in funding provided to the USRA program. The funding provided by NSERC is now $6,000 per allotment, with an additional $1,500 minimum supplement from one's faculty supervisor.)
  • Contact Kelly Tracey in the Research Office at

Kelly Tracey, BA

Grants and Contracts Officer

Research and Graduate Studies

Abbotsford campus, G290A

Phone: 604-851-6389

email Kelly

“When you get to talk to the people you’re working with and they tell you how they’ve been impacted, it’s just the best feeling to know you made a difference. Seeing how you can take your breadth of knowledge, share it with someone else, then see the impact on their life is definitely a huge highlight!”

  • – Alicia Dyck
  •    Global Development Studies (GDS)

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