# NSERC USRA program

NSERC's Undergraduate Student Research Awards program provides funding for exciting research projects.

## Length of project

• Full-time (35 hours per week) for 16 consecutive weeks (80 working days)
• Can be counted as a co-op work term but you do not need to be a co-op student to be eligible for this award.
• Note: Student is not allowed to be in class full-time or working on another project/job while doing the USRA as it is considered a full-time job.

## Pay

• $4,500 from the award portion plus the supervisor's contribution. The recommended minimum amount for the supervisor’s contribution is$835 per month or $3,340 per term which means that the total minimum payment for the term would be$7,840.
• Does not include benefits or vacation pay

## Eligibility

• Must have completed one full year of school before starting the USRA, i.e., 2A or higher (students can be in 1B when they apply, and students can do a USRA in the term immediately after degree completion but not later than this)
• Must have a 72% cumulative average or higher
• Must find a faculty supervisor before applying
• Only one USRA per student per award year (award year is May 1 to April 30)**
• Maximum of three USRAs during undergraduate degree
• Cannot have started a graduate degree or be involved in full-time research and development in natural sciences or engineering

SPRING

FALL

• Co-op deadline - Wednesday, June 6, 2018.*
• Final term deadline - Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

WINTER

• To be determined.

The co-op deadline is meant for co-op applicants who wish to be taken off WaterlooWorks right from the start and directly use the USRA as their co-op term. The final term deadline applies to all applicants.

Note for co-op students: If you apply after the co-op deadline, you must check with your co-op advisor that can still use the USRA as your co-op term. If you can proceed with the USRA, you must ask your advisor to remove you from WaterlooWorks.

## How to apply:

• There are two parts to the applications: 1) Part 1 to be completed by the applicant and include an unofficial transcript and 2) Part 2 to be completed by prospective supervisor.
• All applications are submitted using NSERC's online application system.

### Form information

If accepted, ensure you include the following on the Temporary Student Appointment form (TSA):

• Enter work dates that amount to 80 working days