Scholarships & Funding

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) detailed below provides opportunities for students to gain valuable research experience in a laboratory setting while being remunerated. For additional Funding oppourtunities, visit SFU Financial Aid and Awards. There are also exciting opportunities for Internships abroad, including RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering).

By January 24, 2017 at 9:00am NSERC USRA applicants must submit their online application to NSERC and a paper copy to the MBB office, and VPR USRA applicants must submit their paper application to the MBB office. Note that this include uploading transcripts and having a supervisor complete form 202 (Part II).

*NOTE: The MBB department has a different process and deadlines are different from what is posted on the Dean of Graduate Studies website. ENSURE you follow the MBB process and deadlines under MBB PROCESS. Interested students have to find a supervisor first and then apply. Make sure to email your supervisor to complete Part II of Form 202 before you submit your final application to NSERC and the MBB office.

» See MBB PROCESS

NSERC USRA

These awards are intended to encourage undergraduate students to undertake research in the natural sciences and engineering. Departments may use this program as a recruitment tool to attract senior undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies at SFU.

The value of the awards remains at $4,500 over the 16-week period of the award. NSERC requires that all students holding USRAs receive a minimum supplement of $1,576. Any supplement above this level may be set at the department's discretion.

» See Full Criteria at SFU Graduate Studies

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for applications at the university;
  • be registered, at the time you apply, in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university; and
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of "B" or "B-," if applicable) as defined by your university.

In addition...

  • If you already hold a bachelor's degree and are studying toward a second bachelor's degree, you may still apply for this award.
  • You may hold only one university USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
  • You may hold a maximum of three university USRAs throughout your undergraduate university career.

To hold an award, you must:

  • have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree;
  • have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university;
  • not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering at any time; and
  • be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award.

How To Apply

Students eligible for both awards an NSERC Online Account and complete the application for an Undergraduate Student Research Award Form 202 (Part I).

 

VPR USRA Sciences

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). All rules for holding the award remain the same. Note that non-SFU students are not eligible to apply.

» See Full Criteria at SFU Graduate Studies

Eligibility

Note that VPR USRA Sciences applicants must:

  • be an SFU undergraduate student;
  • have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study;
  • have been registered and enrolled in courses in the term immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program at SFU (the only exception to this is students holding a USRA in the Fall 2015 term do not have to be registered in the preceding summer; however, a student graduating in the Spring term is NOT eligible to hold the award in the Fall term);
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least 2.67;
  • have held 2 or fewer USRAs (including NSERC USRAs) in the past; and,
  • not have started a program of graduate studies.