Graduate awards

The Graduate Awards Database lists all award opportunities the CGPS oversees. In addition, departments, colleges, and donors from outside the university offer awards throughout the year. Use the form below to find specific awards.

Each entry provides information about the funding opportunity - eligibility criteria, the application deadline and instructions for how to apply. Search by keywords (e.g., Indigenous, SSHRC etc.) to find opportunities. Most awards are open to both international and domestic students.

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 plus supervisor contribution. The NSERC USRA is intended to offset a portion of the salary costs of hiring a student summer research assistant. Supervisors are required to supplement the amount of the award to comply with Saskatchewan’s provincial employment standards using other sources, such as university funds, NSERC grants, or any other research funds, for the 16 weeks of the award duration.
Number offered Varies; awards are given to USask via a Canada-wide allocation. Indigenous NSERC USRAs are held above the USask allocation.

Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives (RASI) cordially invites undergraduate students and faculty supervisors to submit applications for the 2023 NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards) USask competition by Tuesday, January 17th 2023 by 4:30 p.m. CST..

For details on eligibility and instructions for department heads, please see the NSERC USRA website. All NSERC USRA applications require submissions from BOTH the faculty and the student, uploaded to the NSERC portal by the deadline.

Questions may be directed to Merle Massie, coordinator undergraduate research initiatives, at or to the Undergraduate Research Initiative at

ApplyThe selection process is done by the institution based on the following three criteria:
  • academic excellence
  • research potential
  • expected quality of the training and mentorship to be received
You must apply with the support of a faculty member at the university where you would like to hold the award. The supervising faculty must be authorized to independently supervise students, as approved by USask. You can apply to more than one university. However, please note that it is the university's choice whether to accept candidates from other institutions.

Applications from Indigenous students are welcome. Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Indigenous applicants to the USRA program. These recommended applications are in addition to the NSERC USRAs allocated to USask.

The department is responsible for sending a list of recommended and ranked applicants to Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives by the deadline. Check with the department for any additional requirements.

1. To apply for these awards, you must work with a faculty supervisor to complete and submit your application using NSERC’s On-line System. This application requires submissions from both the student and the supervisor. 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, inform your supervisor of the reference number of your application and ask them to fill out Form 202 Part II. Refer to the instructions for completing Form 202 Part II.

4. Statement of Interest: New for 2023 competition: students must submit a separate (maximum one page) Statement of Interest outlining research interests, previous research and/or work experience, gaps or adversities faced, and relevance of a research experience to future goals. Email statement to by the deadline.

For more information about the program, visit:

Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Vice-President Research
DeadlineJanuary 17th, 2023 at 4:30pm CST

Other awards websites

The above search form only contains awards available to graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. See below if you are looking for undergraduate awards or those offered by external agencies.