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Undergraduate student research awards

USRA Applications for Winter 2016 are still being accepted. Early application is encouraged, with an ultimate deadline of November 23, 2015. 

Eligibility | Stipend | Applications | Research projects

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[These awards] are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.


Students who are Canadian citizens or Landed Immigrants, and who have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university with an average of 72% or above may apply. The assistantships will be awarded on the basis of grades, and the availability of projects and funds. The USRA will also be subject to the rules and regulations of NSERC.


The monthly stipend will be the minimum of:

  • $1,900 for students completed first year of study,
  • $2,000 for students completed second year of study,
  • $2,100 for students completed third year of study,
  • $2,200 for students completed fourth year of study,

which will include vacation pay and benefits.

For non-Waterloo students, a travel allowance will be provided by NSERC.

The awards will be held for 4 months either in the Spring (May to August), Fall (September to December) or Winter (January to April) terms.

USRA Applications Winter, 2016

Application procedure

  1. USRA applications for Winter 2016 are now being accepted.

  2. Contact potential supervisors, talk to them about potential projects and which semester they are available.  If appropriate, obtain approval to apply for an NSERC USRA.  You should consider applying for a maximum of two projects.
  3. Please see the information and instructions for completing the application on the NSERC website. Go to the NSERC online services and fill out an application (Form 202) for an NSERC USRA. When the application is completed a reference number will be generated. You will need to send this to your supervisor(s) in order for them complete their part of the application (Form 202, part 2).  You should also inform them of the deadline (see below).


In order to complete your NSERC USRA on-line application, an official transcript is required:

For UW students, please upload an unofficial transcript for this stage.

For non-UW students or if some part of your degree was obtained from another institution, you are required to upload an official transcript from that institution.


The deadlines for the application procedure are as follows:

  • Submit NSERC application (online - including supervisor completion of Form 202, part 2) by: November 23rd, 2015 for full consideration for the Winter 2016 term. 
  • Decisions on Awards will be announced shortly afterward

Applicants will be contacted by e-mail. A rapid turnaround is required, so be sure to monitor your e-mail regularly

Questions or Further  Information

Please contact  Bonnie Findlay
phone: 519 888-4567 x36831

Research projects

Several projects are available this year, in many different areas:

Undergraduate research internship program

This is grant a available to students who have a research component associated with their work term, in conjunction with a UW project.

As of May 2010, this program will be offered through Co-operative Education and Career Services.
URI program information at CECS.

Work programs

Work placement and work-study opportunities are available to undergraduate students. Full details are outlined by Student Awards & Financial Aid.

Learn more about work-study

Learn more about work placement