Undergraduate Student Research Awards

2024-25 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 4, 2024, 5 p.m.

For full submission deadlines see the Research Funding Tracker at https://www.hss.mun.ca/funding/competitions/3335 

Undergraduate Students who meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in carrying out a 14-16 week (35 hours per week) research/development work term, under the supervision of a faculty member, are invited to submit an application to the 2024-25 Tri-Agency Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program at Memorial. Normally, 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 guide at https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Eligibility-Admissibilite/students-etudiants_eng.asp. However, for the 2024-25 competition, applications for CIHR and SSHRC projects are welcomed from student applicants self-identifying as Black. 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 2024, Fall 2024 or Winter 2025.

For full program details, see https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp.

For instructions on how to complete the application package, eligibility requirement, etc., refer to the HSS USRA instructions at https://www.mun.ca/hss/research/usra/, which contains details from the NSERC USRA website with HSS submission details. For further information or queries contact Matthew Milner at HSSResearchGrants@mun.ca.

Student Eligibility
  • Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • 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 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 $2,900 for each award from a source where such a contribution is an allowable expense (e.g. NSERC Discovery Grants)
  • For USRA awards, agencies consider 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 employees of their supervisor's non-university institution, organization, or company.
How to Submit an Application