How to apply for USRA and SURA Awards

There are two competitive programs of paid employment for science undergraduate students interested in conducting research projects with researchers in the Faculty of Science: 

For Memorial University Faculty of Science students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, the application for the NSERC USRA is automatically considered their SURA application. Employment conditions for the SURA are exactly the same as for an NSERC USRA, except for the following additional SURA eligibility requirements:

• Students must be registered at Memorial University (St. John’s campus) with a declared major in the Faculty of Science.

• International students are eligible for SURA, even though are not allowed to receive NSERC USRA.

• The tenure of the award is the spring/summer (16 weeks) immediately following award notification. Awards cannot be deferred and must be for the full 16-week duration.

• Supervisors do not need to have NSERC funding, but must have research funds available to cover the supervisor portion of the award.

• Supervisors must be academic staff members in the Faculty of Science and SURA employment must be done in the Faculty of Science (St. John’s campus).

Application procedures for NSERC USRA and Faculty of Science SURA programs

All Science students applying for either the NSERC USRA or the Faculty of Science SURA must complete the NSERC USRA application and submit a paper copy of Form 202, Part 1, to the Dean of Science Office. The deadline for application submission was 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

Canadian citizens or permanent residents must complete and ‘verify’ an NSERC USRA application through NSERC’s online services portal – click here to become eligible for both the USRA and SURA programs.

International students must also complete but not ‘verify’ a NSERC USRA application using the NSERC online services portal, then print off the completed package using the preview function, and submit the printout directly to the Dean of Science office – not to NSERC.

For instructions on how to complete the application package, students should refer to the NSERC website for the USRA.

Application Checklist

A complete application package includes:

  • Form 202, Part I (to be completed by the applicant)
  • Application profile
  • Personal profile
  • Addresses
  • Academic Background
  • Awards
  • Official university transcripts (attachment)
Important Notes

• All Science students applicants completed the Form 202, Part I, and included their official university transcripts in a paper submission to the Dean of Science Office (C-2001) by the deadline of Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The 2018 competition period is now closed.
• Students do not need to identify their supervisor at this time. Form 202, Part 2 does not need to be completed by the potential supervisor at this time. This will be completed once the USRA or SURA is awarded. 
• All Canadian citizens and permanent residents must also submit directly to NSERC using the ‘verify’ function via the online services portal by the NSERC deadline of Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.
• Canadian citizens who also have recognized Aboriginal status are encouraged to apply and self-identify their status on their application.
• Successful applicants will receive notification of their awards after March 7, 2018.


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