Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Undergraduate student research awards
Applications for Fall 2015 USRAs are now being accepted. The deadline for full consideration is May 18, 2015. Late applications may be considered if there are awards still available, until August 14, 2015.
We are still accepting applications for Spring 2015.
[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.
There will be separate deadlines for the Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Winter 2016 semesters.
- 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.
- 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: May 18th, 2015 (for full consideration for Fall 2015). The Department will continue to accept applications for the Fall 2015 term until August 14, 2015. We are still accepting applications for Spring 2015.
- USRA applications for the Winter 2016 term are not being accepted at this point.
- 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