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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)

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 $1,352. Any supplement above this level may be set at the department's discretion.

Student Eligibility: NSERC USRA
Full eligibility criteria are outlined at NSERC USRA guidelines.

Student Eligibility: 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 and eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the Graduate Studies website. Note that non-SFU students are not eligible to apply.

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

Students who are only eligible for a VPR USRA must complete the application form found on the Graduate Studies website.

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.

By January 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm 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).