NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to nurture students interest in a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. This program provides natural sciences and engineering students with a cash award ($6,000), supplemented by the supervising BU faculty member (see below), to undertake a 14-16 week, full-time research assistantship during Summer 2022. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is accepting submissions until February 16, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Please submit your application package to the Research Officer.

NSERC has allotted us 6 Undergraduate Student Research Awards for Summer 2022. This quota does not include applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, whom can be recommended to NSERC beyond our institutional quota.

Application packages, to be sent by email, must include:

  • Form 202, part 1 (completed by the student) as well as Form 202, part 2 (completed by the supervisor) (please consult the NSERC website for the forms);
  • Student’s official university transcripts;
  • A cover letter from the student explaining why they should receive this funding.

Moreover, please note the following:

  • To be eligible to apply for an award, a student must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), as of the deadline date for applications at the institution;
  • USRA awards are now considered a salary and must comply with employment standards. Professors are thus expected to contribute the following amount to supplement the NSERC contribution.
Duration of the research assistantshipContribution of the supervisor*
14 weeks (490 hours)$3,775.50
15 weeks (525 hours)$4,473.75
16 weeks (560 hours)$5,172.00

Professors should not endorse more students than they can afford to support.

Please consult the NSERC USRA website for complete guidelines for this competition, including full eligibility criteria and selection process.

If you have questions regarding this competition, please contact the Research Officer (rmercier@ubishops.ca).

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for a USRA under the supervision of a faculty member outside Bishop’s?

In this situation, you would not apply at Bishop’s. Please note that you can apply to more than one institution. However, you must apply directly to the institution where you would like to hold the award. It is up to the institution to decide whether to accept candidates from other institutions.

I am a first-year undergraduate student. Am I eligible to apply for a USRA?

You need to have completed your first year of undergraduate at the time the award is held (Summer 2022). Please note however that universities are allowed to set more stringent eligibility criteria, so it is possible for another university to require completion of the first year at the time of the application.

I am a part-time student at Bishop’s. Am I eligible to apply for a USRA?

Yes, part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply to the USRA program as long as they are registered in a bachelor’s degree program and meet all other eligibility criteria.

I am graduating from my undergraduate degree during Winter 2022. Am I eligible to hold a USRA during Summer 2022, after the completion of my degree requirements?

Yes, you can hold a USRA following the completion of your degree, provided you have not yet started your graduate studies and you meet all other eligibility criteria. You must be registered in your undergraduate degree at the time of application.

I have completed my undergraduate degree before Winter 2022 but have not yet begun graduate studies. Am I eligible to apply for a USRA?

No, you must be registered, as of the deadline date for applications, in a bachelor’s degree program at Bishop’s.

During the tenure of the award, what is the maximum number of courses that I can be enrolled in?

You may take a maximum of two courses during the tenure of the award, if you have your research supervisor’s approval and arrange to make up any missing time.