Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
There are several award programs that fund undergraduate student research projects at McGill (and sometimes off-campus), usually in the summer. Please see the following:
Please also consult the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science website at www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours for any new programs that may have been added.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA) in Universities program supports 16 consecutive weeks of paid full-time research under the supervision of a professor who holds an NSERC grant. It is an excellent way to prepare for graduate studies or a future career in science. This program is offered at other universities across Canada, and a travel allowance from NSERC is available.
To apply, students must first identify a proposed supervisor who holds an NSERC grant. Students should apply at the university where they wish to hold the award. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. See www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/nserc for more information.
In cooperation with a company, students can also apply for an Industrial NSERC Award to provide salary support and gain industrially relevant experience. Students apply for these awards through one or more companies (not through McGill). For more information on forms, student eligibility, and company eligibility, please visit the NSERC website www.nserc.ca and look for the Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards.
Science Undergraduate Research Awards—SURAs—are for both Canadian and international McGill students registered in a science undergraduate program. SURAs are broadly similar to the NSERC USRA; two differences are, on the student side, that international students may apply, and on the supervisor side, while they must still hold a research grant, the grant may be from one of the other funding agencies, namely CRC, NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, FQRNT, or FRSQ (not only NSERC).
See www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/sura for details.
This program is meant to stimulate interest in research on the part of students registered in an undergraduate program in Health Sciences or other disciplines offering specialization in health sciences, including social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/fellowships/frsq-usra.