NSERC – Winter Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for Black and Indigenous Scholars
Research Admin Offices:
|USRAs have a value of $6,000, and the host institution is required to supplement the award. The duration of the award is 14 to 16 weeks on a full-time basis (35 hrs/wk). The agency’s contribution is paid directly to the host institution and is included in the funds that awardees receive.
The granting agencies will not reimburse the institution for any period during which you worked part time. No payment will be approved for any vacation leave awardees take during tenure of the award.
- DeGroote School of Business
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Internal Deadline:December 10, 2023
Sponsor Deadline:January 15, 2024
- HRS Internal Deadline - December 10, 2023
- ROADS Internal Deadline - December 15, 2023
|Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) are meant to nurture interest and fully develop the potential of undergraduate students for a research career in health, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences or humanities. These awards are also meant to encourage undergraduate students to undertake graduate studies by providing research work experience that complements their studies in an academic setting.
The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program supports more than 3,000 students annually and is administered jointly by Canada’s three research granting agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
At the present time, Winter 2024 NSERC USRAs are available to student researchers at McMaster who self-identify as Black and/or Indigenous on the application form, while Winter 2024 CIHR and SSHRC USRAs are exclusively for student researchers who self-identify as Black on the application form.
Additional Program Information:
For the Winter 2024 term, the Faculty of Health Sciences has the following USRA awards available:
- One NSERC award open to all student researchers and additional awards (no limit) available for those who self-identify as Black and/or Indigenous on the application form
- Three CIHR awards open to student researchers who self-identify as Black on the application form
- One SSHRC award open to student researchers who self-identify as Black on the application form
To be eligible to apply for a Winter 2024 CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC USRA, a student:
Additional eligibility requirements for CIHR USRAs:
Additional eligibility requirements for NSERC USRAs:
Additional eligibility requirements for SSHRC USRAs:
Eligibility to Hold an Award:
To be eligible to hold a Fall 2023 CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC USRA, a student:
Applications for the USRA program must be completed and submitted to the Canadian institution where the applicant wishes to hold the award through NSERC’s online system. More information about the application process can be found at Instructions for completing an Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) application – form 202.
A student can apply to more than one institution. However, please note that it is the institution’s choice whether to accept candidates from other institutions.
For researchers with project ideas who are searching for eligible students, please contact your Faculty for assistance.
Below is the list of the faculty contacts
|Faculty of Business||Pina Delmonte|
|Faculty of Engineering||Sarah Novosedlik|
|Faculty of Science||Sara Cormier|
|Faculty of Health Sciences||Brittany Hubble|
|Faculty of Social Sciences||Chris Hollins|
|Faculty of Humanities||Annamaria Skrtic|
ROADS Contact Information
For more information and to apply, contact ROADS Research Administration Analyst, Kim Graham.
HRS Contact Information
To apply, students and supervisors need to complete their application via the application portal. Once complete, submit a copy of Form 202 Part I (including transcript) & Part II to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 10 at 4:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Hubble.