Research Opportunities

Domestic Students – The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to do research at the undergraduate level.

The goals of the NSERC USRA program are to:

  • To stimulate interest in natural sciences and engineering
  • To provide career related work experience for the award recipient/student
  • To provide students with financial support


Please familiarize with the award and the Eligibility requirements through the information found on UBC NSERC USRA webpage.

Department-Specific Information

The following departments have specific instructions for applying to a NSERC USRA:

Other Information

The Faculty of Applied Science is provided with a quota of NSERC USRA awards annually for the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. There is one application deadline per academic year, and a USRA can be held in the Summer (May 1 to August 31), Fall (September 1 to December 31), or Winter (January 1 to April 31) term.

Please read the documents below – these are important reference tools and required documents, for students, supervisors, and coordinators that will help to ensure the applicants are eligible and complete the application correctly.

International Students – Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award

Students will hold the awards preferably during the summer term for roughly full-time work.

  • These awards have a value of $4,500. This amount will be reimbursed to your project supervisor’s account. Supervisors are required to pay a minimum wage over 16 weeks (inclusive of 4% vacation pay), as well as benefits (CPP, EI, WCB) amounting to approximately 7.48%. For more information on value and payment, please refer to the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards webpage.
  • Awards will be allocated to the Faculty of Applied Science based on the current enrollment numbers of undergraduate international students.
  • Students must have a B- 68% cumulative GPA and have completed a minimum of first year or two terms.
  • Apply directly to the APSC Dean’s Office, not to their department as the domestic NSERC USRA students do.
  • Any Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering faculty member with a funding can agree to be the research supervisor.
  • Email the PDF form and PDF format scans of any non-UBC transcripts to
  • Deadline for Summer 2019 awards: Monday, March 4, 2019 at 4:00pm (application information will be available starting January 2019).

Information for Faculty Members: