NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

This page contains information for Students for Summer 2019.

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) in Universities program is meant to stimulate interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and the pursuit of research careers in these fields. Recipients engage in a research and development activity under the supervision of a professor holding an NSERC grant. It is an opportunity to gain research experience in an academic setting, while receiving financial support to do so.

Value and tenure

Duration: 16 consecutive weeks on a full-time basis

Value: $4,500 from NSERC + minimum of $1,125 from the supervisor.

Travel allowance: may be granted if you take up the award at a university other than the one at which you are currently registered (see the NSERC website and the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) webpage). Note that this program is offered at universities across Canada.

Student eligibility

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • You must be registered at the time you apply in a Bachelor's degree program.
  • You must have completed all course requirements for at least two full academic terms, and have a minimum CGPA of 3.0
  • You may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout your university career.
  • There are other requirements too: please consult the USRA information on NSERC's website. Individual departments may set higher application cutoffs than NSERC's minimum requirements; this award application process is competitive.

Please note: You may take a maximum of one course during the tenure of the award, and only if you have your research supervisor’s and NSERC’s approval and arrange to make up any missing time.  

How to apply; forms; student deadlines

The checklist (required), forms, and instructions are available via the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies webpage for NSERC USRA.

To submit a complete application, you need to identify and meet with an eligible researcher (download list) who will serve as your proposed supervisor and will submit a project proposal with you.

Each Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences unit has a quota of available awards, and has its own selection process and deadlines. Apply through the academic unit where you wish to hold your award (i.e., your proposed supervisor's school or department, not necessarily your own unit). Students from other universities may also apply.

Below is the NSERC USRA submission contact information.

DEADLINES FOR Summer 2019:

Department or School

Contact person

Please submit
directly to the Contact Person
for your Department

Animal Science

roger.cue [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. R. Cue) March 8, 2019

Bioresource Engineering

viacheslav.adamchuk [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. V. Adamchuk)

March 8, 2019

Human Nutrition (School of)

luis.agellon [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. L. Agellon)

March 8, 2019

Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry         

varoujan.yaylayan [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. V. Yaylayan) 

March 8, 2019

Natural Resource Sciences

benoit.cote [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. B. Côté)

March 8, 2019


armando.jardim [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. A. Jardim)

March 8, 2019

Plant Science

jean-benoit.charron [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. J-B Charron)

March 8, 2019

Other Faculties

Where you apply depends on your supervisor's department, not your own department.

Deadlines and procedures may vary. If you are interested in an NSERC USRA with a supervisor from another faculty, i.e., the Faculties of Science, Arts, Dentistry, Education [includes the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education], Engineering, Management, Medicine, Music, please check their USRA webpage. You can find their websites via the University-wide NSERC USRA webpage.

Further information

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, "NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award" - for students

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, "USRA" - for administrative staff


Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, research.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca