Graduate awards

In addition to these awards, the University supports graduate students through teaching, research, and service fellowships and assistanceships. For these, contact your graduate chair or graduate administrator for details.

NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program (USRA)

Value$6,000 for a full 16-week period.
Universities are required to supplement the amount of the award by at least 25% of its value using other sources, such as university funds, NSERC grants, or any other research funds.
Number offeredVaries
EligibilityUndergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) 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. 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 university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.

All NSERC USRA applications need to be filled out using the online application system. No hand written applications will be accepted as per NSERC guidelines.

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be registered, at the time you apply, in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university or have completed a Bachelor's degree but not yet started a Master's degree (must have been registered in the Bachelor's degree in February of 2021); and
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (75% equivalent at the University of Saskatchewan).
    In addition:
    • If you already hold a bachelor's degree and are studying toward a second bachelor's degree, you may still apply to this program.
    • You may hold only one USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
    • You may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout your university career.

    To hold an award, you must:
    • have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree;
    • have been registered in the term immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university;
    • not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering; and
    • be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award.

    You are not eligible for an Undergraduate Student Research Award if:
    • you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., MD, DDS, BScN); or
    • you hold higher degrees in the natural sciences or engineering.

    Once NSERC has approved your USRA for tenure at one particular institution, you may not transfer it to another institution.
ApplyYou can apply to more than one university. You must apply directly to the university where you would like to hold the award. However, please note that it is the university's choice whether to accept candidates from other institutions.

The department is responsible for the submission of the application to the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies by the CGPS deadline. Check with the department for their internal deadline for application completion.

1. To apply for these awards, you must complete and submit your application using NSERC’s On-line System. Refer to the instructions for completing Form 202 Part I.

2. You must upload a scanned copy of your official transcripts from all universities you have attended (including transfer credits). The scanned copy must meet the following specifications:
  • PDF format
  • Maximum file size of 3 Mb
  • 8 ½” x 11” (216mm x 279mm)
  • Must be clear and legible
  • Must include the transcript key
3. After you have completed the first two steps, you must inform your supervisor of the reference number of your application and ask him/her to fill out Form 202 Part II. Refer to the instructions for completing Form 202 Part II.

Graduate Awards & Scholarships
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building
110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5C9
DeadlineFebruary 1, 2021 at 4:30pm CST

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