NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)  

The undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program stimulates interest among undergraduates in research in the natural sciences and engineering and encourages students to pursue graduate studies and research careers in these fields. 

The highest priority of the program is to provide research opportunities to students with aptitude in research in NSERC-funded areas. Benefit to supervisors of these students is secondary.

NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply.

Value of the Barber School NSERC USRA is $4,500 plus $2,000 supervisor top-up.



  • 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
  • Must be registered as full-time students according to the UBC Vancouver definition (registered in 3 courses/9 credits) at the time of application
  • May hold a maximum of three NSERC-USRAs during the course of their undergraduate degree, but may only hold one per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31)
  • Can apply to work with any tenured or tenure-track Barber School faculty member who holds an NSERC grant of any kind, or who applied for an NSERC Grant in the previous November and is awaiting results of the competition

Deadlines and Procedures

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

NSERC-USRA Recipients

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Julie Martin
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