2019 Undergraduate Research award recipient Henry McKay walks down a Winnipeg street with his supervisor.

Experience research

Henry McKay, undergraduate student in social work, with mentor Marleney Bonnycastle, says the award helped him to connect to Indigenous-based research.

As a student new to Manitoba whose first year was entirely online, this experience helped me feel more connected to the University of Manitoba and to the current world around me. I was able to form long-lasting connections.

The supervisors are there to nurture you and want to see you succeed. At the end of the research experience, you come out with life-long lasting relationships and timeless knowledge.
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UM is the first Canadian university to offer an Undergraduate Research Award open to undergraduate students in all fields and ranges of research, scholarly works or creative activities.

The awards are competitive. Students apply to be mentored for 16 weeks (full-time from May through August) by a professor of their choice. There are:

  • 205 awards available across all disciplines
  • 10 per cent of awards are available for self-declared Indigenous students
  • 2 awards for community-based projects
  • $7,000 monetary award
  • Is a recognized UM Co-Curricular Record activity

Important Dates

  • Submit your application by February 13, 2023 by 4:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Start of the URA Research Work Period (tentative)

Applicants for UM Undergraduate Research Award will be given conditional notification of award in early March, with final confirmation being sent the last week of March.

Application criteria

  • Must be enrolled in 24 credit hours at the time of the Voluntary Withdrawal deadline (Fall term 2022 and Winter term 2023)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, based on all credits completed at the time of application  
  • Cannot be held in conjunction with other competitive summer research awards such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Undergraduate Research Summer Award
  • Students who will be graduating in the Spring of 2023 (May/June convocation) are not eligible for this award
  • This award cannot be held more than twice by any recipient during their undergraduate program(s) at UM
  • Students who hold a master’s degree are not eligible for this award
  • Co-op students are eligible to apply, however, the student must be enrolled in 12 credits of course work for one of the terms. Co-op students may need to provide a statement from their program coordinator stating that it is a full-time co-op program. The URA work term cannot also be used as a co-op summer work term.

Community-based research

Up to two additional awards will be dedicated to students working on community-based research projects with UM professors.

To be considered eligible for this opportunity, applicants must verify with their professor that their project qualifies as community-based research and indicate this by checking the appropriate box on the application form.

All community-based research projects must fit within disciplines supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Additional community-based research projects may be supported through the main competition, subject to final selection of successful applicants.

How to apply

  • Interview two professors about the research, scholarly work or creative activity they are undertaking. Be sure to discuss possible hours/commitment requirements should you receive an award placement.
  • Eligible professors must be full-time UM faculty members, not adjunct professors or instructors.
  • Write a 150-word summary for both professors, based on the interview you had with them.
  • Choose one of the professors that you want to be mentored by during your award placement and write a 250-word rationale for your choice, indicating how this research, scholarly work or creative activity fits with your own long-term career aspirations.
  • Complete the online application form and submit by 4:30 PM (CST) on February 13, 2023.
  • If you are a successful recipient of the award, you are encouraged to present the results of your research, scholarly work or creative activity at the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

After being accepted for an award

After receiving notification of your award via email, each award recipient should contact their chosen professor to provide a 250-word (maximum) abstract of the research program, specifying how you will fit with and augment their research program.

In cases where a student’s work is not directly linked to the professor’s research, scholarly work or creative activity the professor must indicate how they will ensure that the student is being mentored in the area and discipline as an undergraduate researcher.


Eligible researchers willing to supervise URA students

Information for Supervisors

  • Supervisors must be full-time University of Manitoba faculty (adjunct professors and instructors are not eligible)
  • Maximum of 2 students will be awarded to work with 1 professor
  • Professor must be available to supervise the student for the duration of the URA work term, 16 weeks from May – August 2023
  • Supervisor is required to provide the necessities for the student to conduct the research: 
    • workstation
    • necessary supplies or any other resources they may need to carry out the tasks
  • Professors should only agree to meet with and be interviewed by students they are willing to supervise OR be very clear that you are agreeing to be interviewed as the second professor, not the one that they choose to work with on their application. Both student and professor should have a clear agreement on whether they will be working together over the summer should the student be successful in their application 

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