Scholarships and Awards

External Awards: NSERC Ambassador Awards

July 03, 2018

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is offering the following two grants:

NSERC Student Ambassadors

Value: $1,000

The purpose of the NSERC Student Ambassadors grant is to encourage post-secondary students and fellows to share their science and engineering experience with youth from groups that are under-represented in STEM.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be registered in a Canadian university, polytechnic, college, or CÉGEP institution in the natural sciences and engineering at the time of submission;
  • be at least 16 years of age;
  • hold a valid bank account with an institution legally entitled to operate in Canada.


  • The outreach activity must promote science and engineering to youth in elementary school, high school, or the first year of college in Quebec;
  • The outreach activity must focus on promoting science and engineering to under-represented groups (for example: girls, Indigenous youth, youth in rural and remote areas, other groups targeted based on gender, ethnicity, language, geographical location or economic status);
  • The outreach activity must be organized independently by you (the use of resources or materials developed by other organizations is permitted);
  • NSERC must be acknowledged in the outreach activity;
  • The results of the outreach activity must be shared publicly (e.g. online, social media) and reported back to NSERC.

For further details, or to apply , visit NSERC Student Ambassadors.

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award

Value: Up to $5,000

The Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (AANSE) award aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be an Aboriginal person;
  • be registered full-time in a degree program in the natural sciences or engineering (NSE) at an eligible institution or be employed at an eligible institution as a postdoctoral fellow in the NSE;
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study (minimum of two academic terms), a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of "B" or "B-", if applicable) as defined by your institution.

For further details, or to apply, visit Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award.

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