NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) - Summer Program

USRAs are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host univernsity. NSERC encourages qualified Indigenous students to apply for this award.

A USRA is held full-time for 16 weeks and NSERC provides a stipend of $6,000 per award. This must be supplemented by the Western USRA supervisor.

The selection process is done by the institution based on the following three criteria:

  1. Academic record;
  2. Research aptitude; and
  3. Expected quality of the training to be received.


If you are a Western student, the transcript you attach to your application must meet the following requirements:

  • Your name, the university's name and the program in which you're enrolled appear
  • Grades up to Dec. 31st of the year preceding the award are included

Western's "Academic Record" format meets NSERC's transcript requirements. You can obtain a copy of your Academic Record by contacting the faculty USRA contacts below. (N.B. you can't access the Academic Record on your own; transcripts such as those printed from a student's account do not meet NSERC's requirements as there is insufficient identifying information.)

If you are undertaking a USRA at Western but your home university is different, you must attach an official transcript from your home university to your online application, including the legend.


Please visit the NSERC USRA overview page (see link below under "Resources") for details on student eligibility.

Indigenous applicants

Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Indigenous applicants to the USRA competition beyond the award quota NSERC provides.


Effective 2020, USRA supervisors no longer need to hold NSERC funding. They just need to be authorized by Western to independently supervise students.


  • Deadline to apply for a Summer 2022 USRA at Western University (Form 202s Part I and II submitted online): Friday, February 18, 2022
  • Check with the faculty where you want to hold the award as earlier internal faculty/department deadlines may be in place

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

NSERC is acting on the evidence that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion.

NSERC is in the process of integrating sex, gender and diversity considerations into its evaluation criteria. Our community will be informed of changes and effective dates in advance of application deadlines. Applicants should refer to the following for more information:

Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application


Faculty Contacts

For faculty-specific information, please contact the individuals/offices below:


For general USRA program information, please contact researchoffice@uwo.ca.