Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Deadlines & Application Procedures

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NSERC and VPR USRA Sciences Competition

How to Apply

Check eligibility

Use the Choose a USRA to find the right USRA for you; be sure to read complete eligibility.

Contact the program

Email the contact for the department you wish to hold the USRA in. Be sure to confirm the department’s process and deadlines.

Prepare your application

Submit all required documents to the intended department by that department’s deadline.

 
  • Students eligible for a NSERC USRA submit the NSERC Form 202 + current transcripts.
  • International Students/Students not eligible for an NSERC USRA submit the VPR USRA application form + current transcripts.

Receive award offer/update

Award offers are typically emailed in February/March with a two week window to accept. 

 
  • International students must contact an International Student Advisor at intl_advising@sfu.ca to confirm work eligibility.
NOTE: This is a general overview and there may be some additional department-specific steps (such as interviews).

Information on this program is subject to change.

Deadlines

January

GPS sends memo out to all Departments with allocations.
February 19 Deadline for students to submit applications.
February 26 Departments submit a ranked list to GPS. The list must contain a ranked NSERC USRA A-list, a ranked VPR USRA A-list, and a single ranked B-list and a list of students nominated for a supplemental or donor USRA.
February/March GPS reviews applications and offers NSERC USRA awards first, according to the departments NSERC USRA A-list.
By March 30 GPS sends each department an updated list of USRA holders. Departments must inform GPS of any changes
April/Aug/Dec  Departments send Payroll all required forms (personal data and PAF forms) for awards starting in May, September or January respectively. 
May/Sept/Jan

SFU students are paid the award portion through their go.sfu account.
Non SFU students are paid the award portion through payroll.

All students receive their supervisor’s supplementary top up through payroll.

NOTE: go.sfu direct deposit is different than payroll’s direct deposit and students may need to sign up for both.

VPR USRA Social Sciences and Humanities Competition

How to Apply

Check eligibility

Use the Choose a USRA to find the right USRA for you; be sure to read complete eligibility.

Contact the program

Email the contact for the department you wish to hold the USRA in or contact the supervisor you wish to hold the award with.

Prepare and submit your application

Submit the VPR USRA application form and transcripts directly to Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (email: gpsaward@sfu.ca) by March 15th.

 
  • Applications may be accepted after the deadline if there are remaining awards available.  

Receive award offer/update

Award offers/updates are typically emailed within two weeks of submitting your application.

NOTE: This is a general overview and there may be some additional department-specific steps (such as interviews).

Deadlines

March 15 Students submit applications directly to Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
March 30 GPS sends each department an updated list of USRA holders. Departments must inform GPS of any changes.
April/Aug/Dec Departments send Payroll all required forms (personal data and PAF forms) for awards starting in May, September or January respectively. 
May/Sept/Jan SFU students are paid the award portion through their go.sfu account and the supervisor’s supplementary portion through payroll.

NOTE: go.sfu direct deposit is different than payroll’s direct deposit and students may need to sign up for both