Undergraduate Student Research Awards: VPR

About the VPR Award

The VPR USRA 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.

Note: If students do not meet the eligibility criteria for an NSERC USRA, they may be eligible for a VPR USRA. For example, international students, or students wishing to work with a faculty member whose research support is not from NSERC are eligible for a VPR.


Who Should Apply

Eligibility for VPR USRA:

  • Students must have obtained a cumulative average of at least B- over the entire period of undergraduate studies. Please note that this average is a minimum requirement and the cut-off point is often higher.
  • Students must have obtained, over the previous year of study, a cumulative average of at least 2.67.
  • Students must be enrolled in an SFU undergraduate program. Female students or students of aboriginal descent are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Students must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study.
  • Students must not have previously held more than three USRAs (including NSERC USRAs).
  • Students must not have started a graduate program.

Full 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 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.
  • Fill out the Application Form.
  • Submit the following documents to the department:
  • The application form with a cover letter indicating a ranked list of at least three choices of projects
  •  A copy of your unofficial transcript
  •  Two letters of reference.  

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

If you have questions, please contact:

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