Students & Postdoctoral Scholars

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Undergraduate Students

Western values the contributions undergraduate students make to helping foster a culture of research excellence on campus, while gaining experiential learning opportunities to advance their careers. How do you get involved? Undergraduate students often become engaged in research by:

  • Discussing opportunities with your faculty advisor
  • Identifying a potential faculty member with whom you'd like to work, and contacting them
  • Participating in opportunities offered by Western's work study program

Additional opportunities include:

Undergraduate Student Research Internships Program: Provides undergraduate students with engaged research experiences and opportunities to learn new research methods and techniques alongside faculty mentors.

Head & Heart Program: Aims to open space for Indigenous students to use Indigenous Knowledge systems and language within undergraduate summer research projects across a wide variety of academic disciplines.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards: Meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. A USRA is held full-time for 16 weeks.

World's Challenge Challenge: Competition helps students develop  academic, oral presentation and entrepreneurial skills, all while encouraging you to take action on global issues and challenges.

Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Scholars

Much of the research carried out at Western involves graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, who are well-supported through the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. Other resources include:

Additional opportunities include:

Academic Joint Fund for Support of Graduate Student Research and Scholarship: Initiated to help support the creation of events that bring external participants to share their research and interact with Western's graduate students. BrainsCAN Graduate Studentship Program: Developed to attract the most promising prospective master’s and doctoral students in cognitive neuroscience. Open to prospective graduate students not enrolled in a graduate program at Western.

Western Postdoctoral Fellowships Program: Provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, nationally and internationally, who will contribute positively to research excellence at the university and help advance Western's strategic research plan.


BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Developed to attract promising early career neuroscientists whose innovative work has achieved impact and demonstrated great potential for continued contributions. Medical Innovation Fellows: Immerses highly talented young scientists, engineers and clinicians in training and research environments that build innovation leaders and create novel medical technologies. Canada-US Fulbright Program: Reciprocal exchange that provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian and American students and scholars to lecture, research and pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.