Undergraduate Student Research Awards: NSERC

About the NSERC Award

NSERC awards are valued at $4,500 for a minimum of 16 weeks. The university will supplement this amount from other sources making salaries of at least $8,176 total. These awards are provided to encourage undergraduate student interest in research and graduate studies.


Who Should Apply

Eligibility for NSERC USRA:

  • Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • Students must be registered at the time they apply in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university.
  • Students must have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least 2.67 or a B- average.
  • Students must have completed all course requirements of at least the first year of your bachelor's degree program.
  • Students must not have started a graduate program.
  • Students must be enrolled in full-time study at the time of application. Female students or students of aboriginal descent are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Student eligibility criteria and application instructions are outlined on the NSERC USRA Webpage.
  • If you are not found eligible for an NSERC USRA award, your application will automatically be submitted for a VPR award.

Full award information can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website: NSERC USRA and VPR Sciences.  


How to Apply

Please be sure to review full eligibility criteria; guidelines and application forms are on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website at NSERC USRA.

To do prior to January 20, 2020:

  • Interested and eligible students should contact the supervisor with regards to the project they would like to work on.
  • Students must create an NSERC Online Account and complete the application for an Undergraduate Student Research Award Form 202: Part I and upload scanned copies of their official or unofficial transcripts. Advising transcripts are not acceptable.
  • Students must submit the following documents to the department:
  • Cover letter with a ranked list of at least three choices of projects
  • A hard copy of Form 202: Part I
  • Photocopies of transcripts
  • Their NSERC Online Reference number
  • Two reference letters.  

Your application should be emailed to the Mathematics Secretary to the Chair at mcs@sfu.ca.

*Please Note: While we do our best to match students up with their preferred projects/supervisors, we cannot guarantee a preferred match due to the competitive nature of the awards.

If you have questions, please contact:

Secretary to the Chair
Department of Mathematics
SCK 10503
Tel: 778-782-4238
Email: mcs@sfu.ca


Once You Are Selected

To do prior to January 31, 2020:

  • Email your selected supervisor and have them complete Form 202: Part II; your supervisor will need to know your applicant’s reference number to do so.
  • Your proposed supervisor must complete Form 202: Part II online, print a hard copy to submit to the Mathematics Secretary to the Chair, and confirm with you.
  • You must verify your application online and advise your supervisor. Do not submit yet.
  • Your supervisor will submit the application online. This completes the NSERC administration process.

If you have questions, please contact:

Secretary to the Chair
Department of Mathematics
SCK 10503
Tel: 778-782-4238
Email: mcs@sfu.ca