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 faculty members in the Faculty of Science:

• the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), which is a national award; and

• the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA)

Student Eligibility

NSERC USRAs:

• 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 Science (St. John's campus) with the exception of Faculty of Medicine NSERC USRA awards (see below)

• 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

Faculty of Science SURAs:

• All students (Canadian and International) are eligible

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

• Award employment must be done in the Faculty of Science (St. John's campus)

• You must have a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of "B" or "B-,") as defined by Memorial

Note: Students must have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program. Applicants for the Faculty of Science SURA must apply using the same procedure as the NSERC USRA. Students who meet eligibility criteria for both the USRA and SURA programs will be considered for both awards.

Faculty of Medicine NSERC USRA Awards

• There are a limited number of awards available for students to take with supervisors in the Faculty of Medicine

• Students interested in taking one of these awards should apply through the Faculty of Science NSERC USRA/SURA competition (same deadlines apply)

• Applicants must clearly indicate on their cover sheet that they are applying for a Faculty of Medicine NSERC USRA award

• Applicants will not be eligible to work with Faculty of Medicine supervisor unless they apply for Faculty of Medicine NSERC USRA Awards

• Students applying for a Faculty of Medicine NSERC USRA award must also indicate which Department within the Faculty of Science they would consider taking their award, should Faculty of Medicine awards be unavailable

Supervisor’s Eligibility

• Supervisors must contribute a minimum of $2,150 for each award

• For SURA awards, supervisors must be a faculty member with the Faculty of Science (the supervisor portion of the award can be paid from any grant).

New this year: For NSERC USRA awards, faculty members are not required to hold an active tri-agency research grant (the supervisor portion of the award can be paid from any grant).

Additional Program Information

• Employment conditions for the SURA are exactly the same as for an NSERC USRA.

• The tenure of the award is 16 weeks on a full-time basis, and awards are usually taken in the spring/summer semester.

• Total award amount is typically $6,650.

• NSERC USRA awards can be deferred to another semester given the student will still meet the eligibility requirements; however SURA awards cannot be deferred.

• Allocation of vacation for students during the award duration is to be determined between the supervisor and the student.

Updated Deadline:
Friday, Feb. 7th, 2020 at 9 a.m.

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 cover sheet, include their most recent transcript (including fall 2019 semester) and Form 202 (Part 1) by email to sciencegrants@mun.ca. 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.

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 for submission to sciencegrants@mun.ca.

For instructions on how to complete the application package, students should refer to the NSERC website for the USRA or contact Nicole Babichuk (nbabichuk@mun.ca).

Application Checklist

Form 202, Part I (to be completed by the applicant)

□ Official or unofficial university transcripts including Fall 2019 grades

Cover Sheet

Contact

Faculty of Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000