NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)  

The undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in the natural sciences and engineering to get research experience by working with professors on their research projects.


Value of award

The IKBSAS NSERC USRA has a base value of $4,500. In addition, universities are required to supplement the amount of the award by at least 25% of its value using other sources such as university funds, NSERC grants, or any other research funds. The minimum pay for the tenure of your award of 16 weeks is $7571.20 based on the June 1, 2019 BC minimum wage increase from $12.65/hr to $13.85/hr. If the award is longer than 16 weeks, your pay should increase by a minimum of $484.75 for each additional week or $96.95 for each additional day.


Are you eligible?

To be eligible for an award, you must:

  • have completed all course requirements of at least the first year of university study with a cumulative average of at least 76% (B+ at UBC) on all courses taken,
  • be registered as a full-time student, according to the UBC Vancouver definition (registered in 3 courses/9 credits) at the time of application
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, as of the deadline date for applications at the university­­

During the course of your undergraduate degree, you may hold a maximum of three NSERC-USRAs, with only one being held per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31)


Deadlines and procedures

You can apply to work with any tenured or tenure-track IKBSAS faculty member who holds an NSERC grant of any kind, or who applied for an NSERC Grant the previous November and is awaiting results of the competition. See the link below for the list of current eligible research supervisors.

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 25, 2019.  

Full list of eligible research supervisors for 2019

NSERC USRA Info Session PowerPoint Presentation

Application Procedure

Evaluation Procedure

For more details about the NSERC-USRA, please visit the Student Services website.


NSERC-USRA recipients

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