NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada's Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) provide financial support to encourage domestic undergraduate students (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) to pursue a research career in the natural sciences and engineering or graduate studies in these fields.

These awards are open to students after Year 2, 3, or 4 of study.

EngSci students must apply for these awards through the home department of the faculty member with whom they want to work in the summer. EngSci does not process these award applications—find links to some relevant departments below.

Application deadlines vary between departments—check with each department for details.

Note that the deadline ranges listed on this page are general guides only based on past years and may differ from the specific deadline this year. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact the undergraduate coordinator for the relevant department.

Dept. of Computer Science – deadline usually in January

Dept. Of Physics – deadline usually in early February

Dept. of Civil & Mineral Engineering – deadline usually in mid-February

Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering – info coming soon

Dept. of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering – deadline usually in early March

Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry – deadline usually in early March

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering – deadline usually end of February / early March

Institute of Biomedical Engineering – deadline usually in early March

University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) – deadline usually in February

Any student interested in applying for this award for summer research with a faculty member at UTIAS should contact the faculty member directly to get the process started as early as possible.  EngSci students may direct further questions to Prof. Peter Grant, chair of EngSci’s aerospace engineering major, prgrant@utias.utoronto.ca.

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