NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRA)


These awards are intended to stimulate the interest of undergraduate students in research by providing them with valuable experience in a scientific research environment, and to encourage them to undertake graduate studies. Students holding one of these awards must be exposed to research activities during their work period.

The Aboriginal NSERC USRA award is a parallel program of undergraduate student research awards for Aboriginal students.  The Aboriginal NSERC USRA award is non-competitive and any student applying for the award who meets the eligibility criteria will be awarded a NSERC USRA.


  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • Students in their first year are not eligible for this award;
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Students must be registered, at the time you apply, in a bachelor’s degree program offered by the University of Manitoba;
  • Have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university;
  • Students already in possession of a Bachelor’s degree who are studying towards a second Bachelor’s degree are eligible to hold this award, provided they do not hold a higher degree in the natural sciences;
  • Students may hold a maximum of THREE of these awards throughout their university career;
  • Supervisors for the awards must be NSERC holders at the University of Manitoba.

Value of NSERC USRA Awards:

These awards have a minimum value of $5,625. Of this amount, $4,500 will be provided by NSERC and the remainder (at least $1,125*) will be provided by the supervisor.

*The supervisor’s portion can be from their NSERC grant or any of their other research grants. In spite of this latitude in source of funding, the supervisor of the student must be a faculty member who holds an active NSERC research grant.

Duration of Support

The duration of the NSERC USRA is 16 consecutive weeks.

Application Procedures

Application forms are available online or from the Riddell Dean's Office. You must complete both the Riddell Faculty USRA application and the Application for an Undergraduate Student Research Award Part I (NSERC Form 202) and have it signed by the potential supervisor and the Department Head (accepted font is Times New Roman regular 12 pts, or any comparable font – nothing smaller). The letter of recommendation must be completed by a knowledgeable instructor, and it should be included in a sealed envelope in the application package. An official transcript is not required at this point in time, but the completed form must also be accompanied by the student’s academic web transcript. The proposed supervisor must complete Part II (NSERC Form 202) (accepted font is Times New Roman regular 12 pts, or any comparable font – nothing smaller). Incomplete forms may result in a negative award decision.

NOTE: Do NOT submit your application online. Both Form 202 Part I and Form 202 Part II must be printed and be included in the application package.

Deadline for Applications: JANUARY 27, 2017.

Applications due to Ilka Cudmore, Riddell Dean's Office, 440 Wallace Bldg.