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NSERC USRA in the Faculty of Health Sciences

NSERC USRA Summer 2021

To be considered for an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award in the Faculty of Health Sciences, students must submit a complete application package to by the deadline of February 19, 2021 at 4:00pm. Late applications are not considered.

Completed applications submitted to HRS for consideration in the FHS competition consist of the following:

  1. Signature Page including the signatures of:
    1. Student (applicant)
    2. Supervisor
    3. Supervisor’s Department Chair
  2. FORM 202 Part I (also submitted electronically through the NSERC e-console)
  3. FORM 202 Part II (also submitted electronically through the NSERC e-console)
  4. Applicant’s Transcript (A scanned copy of the transcript is permitted at application stage but students will be required to submit the official, hard copy if awarded)


In light of the continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC will be continuing the following accommodations for the 2021/22 competition cycle: 

  • Remote supervision of projects will be permitted. Supervisors must hold regular meetings with USRA holders via phone or video calls.
  • Work terms do not need to be 16 weeks long, and can be less than 12 weeks.
  • NSERC will honor the full value of the award regardless of the length of the work term. Supervisors are still required to provide the minimum top-up.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable (however, NSERC may contact us at a later date if they require an ‘official’ copy).  




Please read carefully for important information and updates on the NSERC USRA:

  • NSERC has changed the award amount to $6,000 as of Summer 2021. Supervisors are required to pay a minimum top-up of $1,980 in order to meet Ontario’s minimum wage standards.
  • NSERC will no longer require professors to hold an active eligible grant when applying to supervise a USRA student. NSERC considers anyone who is authorized by their university to independently supervise students to be an eligible supervisor.
  • The NSERC USRA is held for 16 consecutive weeks.
  • Students should apply to the Faculty where their proposed supervisor is primarily affiliated.
  • Students may be registered in a maximum of ONE course during the tenure of their USRA. The USRA is a full-time opportunity. Students who miss working hours of their USRA due to coursework must make up this missed time with their supervisor.
  • Students may apply to outside institutions for the USRA, but it is at the institution’s discretion whether they will accept external applicants. Students must adhere to the administering institution’s application instructions and deadlines.
  • The full award amount (minimum $7,980) will be paid by the supervisor, and NSERC will reimburse their contribution at the end of the award tenure. Please contact us for more details.
  • Please refer to the NSERC website for full competition details: NSERC – Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program. A tutorial video is available here:
  • It is important to ensure the proposed projects meets NSERC’s Guidelines for the Eligibility of Applications Related to Health and Addendum to the guidelines for the eligibility of applications related to health before submission.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact