NSERC USRA

2021-22 Competition

Deadline for submission to the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (by email to HSSResearchGrants@mun.ca, or in hard copy to Room AA5015): March 8, 2021, 12 p.m. (noon)

For full submission deadlines see the Research Funding Tracker at  https://www.hss.mun.ca/funding/opportunities/2733

Undergraduate Students who meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in carrying out a 16 week (35 hours per week) research/development work term in the fields of the Natural Sciences or Engineering, under the supervision of a faculty member, are invited to submit an application to the 2021-22 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program at Memorial. Projects must fall within the mandate of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in order to be eligible (for more information on NSERC, see https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Index_eng.asp). If you're unsure whether your project is eligible, please consult the NSERC guide at https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Eligibility-Admissibilite/students-etudiants_eng.asp. Although they will be supervised by faculty members in one of these disciplines, students may be doing majors or minors in any discipline, however, applicants wishing to work with Humanities and Social Sciences faculty members must apply through the HSS Dean's Office. Students interested in working with faculty members in other faculties or units should inquire with those units. Only one application per student is permitted at Memorial: students applying for USRA may only apply through one academic unit at Memorial. Applicants can also apply directly to competitions at other Canadian Universities; however only one USRA will be awarded per student. Awarded USRA funds can be used on projects occurring in the following semesters: Summer 2021, Fall 2021 or Winter 2022.

COVID-19 Contingencies

For the current competition, the existing contingencies due to COVID-19 remain in effect, as per NSERC guidelines:

  • Remote supervision of projects will be permitted. Supervisors must hold regular meetings with USRA holders via phone or video calls.
  • Work terms do not need to be 16 weeks long, and can be less than 12 weeks.
  • NSERC will honour the full value of the award regardless of the length of the work term.
  • Supervisors are required to provide the full matching support.

For instructions on how to complete the application package, eligibility requirement, etc.,  students should refer to the NSERC-USRA website or contact Matthew Milner at HSSResearchGrants@mun.ca.

Student Eligibility
  • Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • NSERC USRA recipients must be registered in a bachelors degree program
  • Award employment must be done in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (St. John's campus)
  • Applicants with Indigenous status will be automatically granted a NSERC USRA award given they meet the minimum program requirements
  • You must have a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of "B" or "B-,") as defined by Memorial
Supervisor Eligibility
  • Supervisors must contribute a minimum of $2,150 for each award from a source where such a contribution is an allowable expense (e.g. NSERC Discovery Grants)
  • For USRA awards, NSERC considers anyone who is authorized by their university to independently supervise students to be an eligible supervisor
  • Adjuncts with funding from university sources or a Tri-Agency research grant where the USRA supplement is an eligible expense, are also eligible. USRAs are not industrial internships, and students supervised by Adjuncts must not be employee's of their supervisor's non-university institution, organization, or company.
How to Submit an Application