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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
  • Note: Student is not allowed to be in class full-time or working on another project/job while doing the USRA


  • $4,500 plus supervisor’s contribution of at least 25% ($1,884 per term is recommended ($471 per month))*
  • Does not include benefits or vacation pay


  • 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 be a Canadian citizen or permanent Canadian resident
  • Must find a faculty supervisor before applying
  • Only one USRA per student per award year
  • 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

For more information, see Undergraduate Student Research Award.

Winter 2018 application deadlines

  • Final term students - October 20, 2017 (We encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible to increase your chances of getting one of the remaining awards)

For more information, visit Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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

*Additional funding possibilities: Undergraduate Research Internship and President's Scholarships

How to apply:

Form information

If accepted, ensure you include the following on the Temporary Employment Authorization form:

  • Enter work dates that amount to 80 working days
  • Use your UWaterloo email address

If you have any questions, please contact:

Sara O'Donnell
DC 2136
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext.32191