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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!

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) provides Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) in the amount of $7,500 or more ($6,000 allotment + a faculty supervisor supplement of at least $1500) for undergraduate students in the natural sciences and engineering to engage in research over a 16-week period over the summer, May to August.

Students must be available to work full-time during the 16-week tenure of the award, from May to August 2021, under the supervision of a UFV faculty member. These are competitive national-level awards.

Interested? Here’s what you do:


Confirm your eligibility

Review the NSERC USRA webpage to make sure that you meet the program's eligibility requirements.


Find a faculty supervisor

Talk to a faculty member in an eligible area (physics, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, etc.) about your research interests and ask whether they would be able to supervise you for the 16-week duration of the award, from May-August 2021.


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 15, 2021

Follow the instructions on the NSERC USRA webpage to complete and submit your application using NSERC's Online System by UFV's internal deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021.

  1. Register for NSERC's Online system.
  2. Complete student application Form 202.
  3. Locate the reference number assigned to your application and send it to your UFV faculty supervisor. You must provide this number to your advisor after you have completed Part I (student portion) of the application, to enable them to complete Part II (supervisor portion).

If you intend to apply a second time using your Form 202, don't forget to update it.

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 or 778-982-1083 (cell).

Kelly Tracey, BA

Grants and Contracts Officer

Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies

Abbotsford campus, G290A

Phone: 604-851-6389

email Kelly

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