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: 

Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada to be eligible for the NSERC USRA, however all students may apply to the SURA. Applications for the NSERC USRA are automatically considered a SURA application. Employment conditions for the SURA are exactly the same as for an NSERC USRA. The following are eligibility requirements for these programs:

• For the SURA, students must be registered in a B.Sc. program at Memorial University (St. John’s campus).

• International students are eligible for a SURA, even though they are not allowed to receive an 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 must use NSERC funding to cover the supervisor's portion of the award for USRAs, but other types of funds can be used to cover the contribution to SURAs. 

• Supervisors must be academic staff members in the Faculty of Science for SURAs and SURA employment must be done in the Faculty of Science (St. John's campus). NSERC USRAs can be done in other Faculties at Memorial, provided the Department gives approval.

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 an electronic copy of Form 202 (Part 1) and the cover sheet to the Dean of Science Office (

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

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

For instructions on how to complete the application package, students should refer to the NSERC website for the USRA or contact Nicole Babichuk ( 

Application Checklist

A complete application package includes:

  • Form 202, Part I (to be completed by the applicant)
  • Official or unofficial university transcripts (attachment)
  • Cover sheet
Important Notes

• All Science students applicants must complete Form 202, Part I, and include their official university transcripts in an electronic submission to the Dean of Science Office (
• Students may identify their supervisor on the application form cover sheet, but this is not required for submission. The supervisor's part of the application (Form 202, Part 2) will need to be completed and submitted by the supervisor once the USRA or SURA is awarded to the student. 
• All Canadian citizens and permanent residents must also submit directly to NSERC using the ‘verify’ function via the online services portal.
• Canadian citizens who also have recognized Aboriginal status are encouraged to apply and self-identify their status on their application cover sheet.
• Successful applicants will receive notification of their awards.


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