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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

This page contains information for Summer 2020. This page is for NSERC USRAs with Professors from the Faculty of Science. If your proposed supervisor is from the Faculty of Medicine, or another McGill Faculty, please start here instead. If you are interested in an NSERC USRA with a professor at another Canadian university, start at that university's website instead.

The NSERC logo.The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) in Universities program is meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. USRAs are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. It is an opportunity to gain research experience in an academic setting, while receiving financial support. Recipients engage in a research and development activity in the area of natural sciences or engineering, under the supervision of a McGill Faculty of Science professor.

  1. Review student & supervisor eligibility, deadlines, contact persons, and other details on this webpage as well as on the NSERC website.

    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.
    • To hold an award, you must have been registered in a Bachelor’s degree in at least one of the 2 terms immediately previous to the award.
    • You may hold a maximum of three USRAs throughout your university career.
    • Individual departments may set higher requirements than NSERC's minimum requirements, and this award application process is competitive.
    • Students from other universities may also apply.
    • First year students are eligible to apply (provided they meet all other requirements). At the time you apply (typically February), you must provide transcripts that show your fall grades and winter registration. To hold the award, first year students must provide transcripts (in early May) that show successful completion of one year of university study (minimum 24 credits) .
    • You cannot concurrently hold a SURA, Arts ARIA, Schull Yang International Experience Award, McGill International Experience Award, or similar award.
    • There are other requirements too: please consult the USRA information on NSERC's website.

    Value and duration

    • When: The Faculty of Science offers NSERC USRAs in the Summer term (May through August).
    • Duration: 16 consecutive weeks on a full-time basis.
    • Value: $7125 minimum
      • $4500 from NSERC
      • $1125 minimum from the supervisor (professor)
      • $1500 from FRQNT — this portion will come later; please refer to "FRQNT Supplements" below

    Alternative or additional sources of funding

    Suppplements to NSERC USRA:

    Alternatives: If you are not eligible for an NSERC USRA, or if you apply but do not receive the award, here are a few suggestions. Deadlines vary.

    • Other similar summer undergraduate research awards:
      • Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) are for McGill Faculty of Science students with McGill Faculty of Science professors; however, there are neither restrictions for citizenship (international students may also apply) nor restrictions on the supervisor's grant type.
      • SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering: for research with McGill Engineering professors)
      • ARIA (Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards: for McGill B.A. and B.A. & Sc. students)
    • NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE): undergraduate studentships are available through some of the CREATE training programs. Find out more about the program in general and then search for existing CREATE programs at McGill or across Canada.
    • NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors (NISA)
    • McGill Work-Study Program (for students with demonstrated financial need)
    • Schull Yang International Experience Awards (for research abroad)
    • SUS 21st Century Ambassador Fund (SCAF) (to attend or host academic conferences or competitions)
    • Funding from your supervisor (professor)
    • Departmental funding or awards (where applicable)
    • External funding
      • Funding from your country (if you are a citizen or resident of a country other than Canada)
      • Other Canadian and international programs: MITACS Globalink (various countries), DAAD RISE (Germany), etc.
      • Some foundations (cancer, liver, wildlife, etc.) or scholarly associations (physiology, etc.) have summer studentship programs. Brainstorm with your supervisor or lab members to determine which associations might be relevant, then check if they have funding for which you are eligible.

  2. Find a supervisor. Your supervisor must be willing to provide the minimum financial contribution described in "Value and Duration" above.

    Where and with whom to apply

    • To submit a complete application, you need to identify an eligible professor (see below) to serve as your proposed supervisor and to submit a project proposal for you. If you start at the webpages for Science departments, you can browse each unit's site to find professors' research websites. Here is some advice.
    • For Physics projects/professors, see also this page.
    • Apply through your proposed supervisor's school or department, not necessarily your own.
    • Each Faculty of Science unit has a quota of available awards, and has its own selection process and deadlines.
    • You will find the departmental contacts and deadlines further below.

    Which professors are eligible to supervise students for an NSERC USRA?

    • In the Faculty of Science, the proposed supervisor must be a professor who has held, currently holds, or has applied for an eligible NSERC grant. The supervisor may be the principal investigator or the co-investigator of the grant.
    • NSERC expects the research supervisor to be physically present for the majority of the period of the award. It is acceptable for the research supervisor to delegate supervision for short periods to other faculty members, experienced technicians, postdoctoral fellows, or doctoral students. It is not acceptable for the research supervisor to be present only through virtual, online or telecommunications means.

    Does it matter if my proposed supervisor is an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor, jointly appointed, Associate Member, or Adjunct Professor? What do these terms mean?

    Please note that the following is specific to NSERC USRAs in Faculty of Science departments. Professor eligibility for SURAs is different.

    Title Explanation or definition Relevance for your NSERC USRA application
    Assistant Professor Professors typically start their academic career as Assistant Professor. It does not matter whether your proposed supervisor is an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or (Full) Professor. What does matter: Ask your professor the department(s) in which he or she is appointed. Check that at least one of the professor's departments is on the list under "Departments, contacts and deadlines" and check if her or his name is on the list.
    Associate Professor Associate Professor is a promotion from Assistant Professor.
    Professor (or Full Professor) (Full) Professor is a promotion from Associate Professor.
    Joint appointments Some McGill professors (whether assistant, associate or full) hold an academic appointment of substantial weight in more than one academic unit. As above, check that at least one of the professor's departments is on the list under "Departments, contacts and deadlines" and check if her or his name is on the list. Especially for Associate Members, ask the contact for that department if they expect you to apply through the supervisor's other department.
    Associate Member status Some McGill professors hold an affiliation with a secondary unit, where a joint appointment is not appropriate.
    Adjunct Professor The individual is primarily employed outside McGill - for example, by government, in industry, as a professional, or at another university or institution - but participates in the academic activities of the McGill unit where he or she is appointed as Adjunct Professor. Typically not eligible to apply through McGill, since NSERC requires you to apply for a USRA through the supervisor's primary institution. (Example: your supervisor holds her or his main appointment at Université de Montréal, but has an additional appointment at McGill as an adjunct professor. In this case, apply for an NSERC USRA through the Université de Montréal, not through McGill.)

    What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?

    • Please ask if she/he holds an NSERC research grant, previously held an NSERC grant, or is currently applying for an NSERC grant. Please share this information with your supervisor's department's contact person (refer to the "Departments, contacts, where to submit, and deadlines" section below) so they can verify the supervisor's eligibility.
    • Your proposed supervisor might still be eligible. There are several possible reasons he or she might not show up here, which include the following:
      • This list does not include professors from outside the McGill Faculty of Science. (In this case, apply through the other Faculty according to their deadlines.)
      • Some professors have appointments in multiple departments (or faculties), but are only listed in one department below.
      • Professors who are currently applying for an NSERC grant, or held a grant in the past, but do not currently hold a grant, do not appear here.
      • The list below is preliminary, not final. It represents a slice in time, and may not have the most recent information.

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Ariya, Parisa
    2. Dufour, Carolina
    3. Fabry, Frederic
    4. Gyakum, John
    5. Huang, Yi
    6. Kirshbaum, Daniel
    7. Merlis, Timothy
    8. Preston, Thomas
    9. Straub, David
    10. Tremblay, Bruno
    11. Yau, Man K
    12. Zuend, Andreas

    Note: Prof. Peter Bartello (whose grant is listed under Mathematics & Statistics) is also eligible.

    Biology: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    See also the Redpath Museum below. Several researchers are jointly appointed in Biology and the Redpath Museum, but are only listed in one place.

    1. Abouheif, Ehab
    2. Bell, Graham
    3. Brouhard, Gary
    4. Bureau, Thomas
    5. Chapman, Lauren J.
    6. Cristescu, Melania
    7. Dent, Joseph
    8. Fussmann, Gregor
    9. Gonzalez, Andrew
    10. Gregory-Eaves, Irene
    11. Guichard, Frederic
    12. Guigueno, Mélanie
    13. Hargreaves, Anna
    14. Harrison, Paul
    15. Hayer, Arnold
    16. Hendricks, Michael
    17. Lasko, Paul
    18. Lefebvre, Louis
    19. Leung, Brian
    20. Moon, Nam Sung
    21. Nilson, Laura
    22. Oyama, Tomoko
    23. Pollock, Laura
    24. Potvin, Catherine
    25. Price, Neil
    26. Reader, Simon
    27. Reyes Lamothe, Rodrigo
    28. Roy, Richard
    29. Sakata, Jon
    30. Schöck, Frieder
    31. Schoen, Daniel
    32. Sunday, Jennifer
    33. Watt, Alanna J.
    34. Weber, Stephanie C.
    35. Western, Tamara
    36. Woolley, Sarah
    37. Zetka, Monique
    38. Zheng, Hugo

    Chemistry: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Andrews, Mark
    2. Arndtsen, Bruce
    3. Auclair, Karine
    4. Barrett, Christopher
    5. Blum, Amy
    6. Bohle, Scott
    7. Cosa, Gonzalo
    8. Damha, Masad
    9. Friscic, Tomislav
    10. Gleason, James
    11. Harrington, Matthew
    12. Kakkar, Ashok
    13. Kambhampati, Patanjali
    14. Khaliullin, Rustam
    15. Lennox, Bruce
    16. Li, C.J.
    17. Lumb, Jean-Philip
    18. Mauzeroll, Janine
    19. McCalla, Eric
    20. Mittermaier, Anthony
    21. Moitessier, Nicolas
    22. Moores, Audrey
    23. Perepichka, Dima
    24. Reven, Linda
    25. Simine, Yelena
    26. Sleiman, Hanadi
    27. Thibodeaux, Christopher
    28. Tsantrizos, Youla
    29. Van de Ven, Theo
    30. Wiseman, Paul

    Computer Science: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Blanchette, Mathieu
    2. Chang, Xiao-Wen
    3. Cheung, Jackie
    4. Crepeau, Claude
    5. Devroye, Luc
    6. Dudek, Gregory
    7. Guo, Jin
    8. Hamilton, William
    9. Hatami, Hamed
    10. Kemme, Bettina
    11. Kienzle, Jörg
    12. Kry, Paul
    13. Langer, Michael
    14. Li, Yue
    15. Liu, Xue
    16. Maheswaran, Muthucumaru
    17. Meger, David
    18. Panangaden, Prakash
    19. Pientka, Brigitte
    20. Pineau, Joelle
    21. Precup, Doina
    22. Rabbany, Reihaneh
    23. Ravanbakhsh, Mohsen
    24. Reed, Bruce
    25. Robillard, Martin
    26. Ruths, Derek
    27. Siddiqi, Kaleem
    28. Verbrugge, Clark
    29. Waldispuhl, Jérôme

    Earth and Planetary Sciences: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Baker, Don
    2. Berlo, Kim
    3. Douglas, Peter
    4. Gomez, Natalya
    5. Halverson, Galen Pippa
    6. Kirkpatrick, James
    7. Liu, Yajing
    8. Mahmoudi, Nagissa
    9. McKenzie, Jeffrey
    10. Mucci, Alfonso
    11. Rowe, Christen
    12. Stix, John
    13. Williams-Jones, Anthony

    Note: Prof. Nicolas Cowan (whose grant is listed under Physics) is also eligible.

    Geography: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Chmura, Gail
    2. Kalacska, Margaret
    3. Lehner, Bernhard
    4. MacDonald, Graham
    5. McKenzie, Grant
    6. Moore, Timothy
    7. Roulet, Nigel
    8. Strachan, Ian
    9. von Sperber, Christian

    Mathematics and Statistics: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Addario-Berry, Louigi
    2. Asgharian-Dastenaei, Masoud
    3. Bartello, Peter
    4. Chen, Linan
    5. Choksi, Rustum
    6. Darmon, Henri
    7. Genest, Christian
    8. Goren, Eyal
    9. Guan, Pengfei
    10. Harrison, Sarah
    11. Hoheisel, Tim
    12. Humphries, Tony
    13. Hurtubise, Jacques
    14. Jakobson, Dmitry
    15. Jaksic, Vojkan
    16. Kamran, Niky
    17. Khalili, Abbas
    18. Lessard, Jean-Philippe
    19. Lin, Jessica
    20. Lipnowski, Michael
    21. Nave, Jean-Christophe
    22. Neslehova, Johanna
    23. Norin, Sergey
    24. Oberman, Adam
    25. Pichot, Mikael
    26. Przytycki, Piotr
    27. Sabok, Marcin
    28. Steele, Russell
    29. Stephens, David
    30. Toth, John
    31. Tsogtgerel, Gantumur
    32. Vétois, Jérôme
    33. Vetta, Adrian
    34. Wise, Daniel T.
    35. Yang, Yi

    Physics: some eligible supervisors

    McGill Physics runs a different process to match students and professors. Please read this page before applying.

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Agarwal, Kartiek
    2. Brandenberger, Robert
    3. Brunner, Thomas
    4. Caron-Huot, Simon
    5. Chiang, Cynthia
    6. Childress, Lilian
    7. Cline, Jim
    8. Coish, Bill
    9. Cooke, David
    10. Corriveau, François
    11. Cowan, Nicolas
    12. Cumming, Andrew
    13. Dasgupta, Keshav
    14. Dobbs, Matt
    15. François, Paul
    16. Gale, Charles
    17. Gervais, Guillaume
    18. Grant, Martin
    19. Grutter, Peter
    20. Guo, Hong
    21. Haggard, Daryl
    22. Hanna, David
    23. Hilke, Michael
    24. Jeon, Sang Yong
    25. Kaspi, Victoria
    26. Leslie, Sabrina
    27. Liu, Adrian
    28. Lovejoy, Shaun
    29. Maloney, Alexander
    30. Pereg-Barnea, Tami
    31. Provatas, Nikolas
    32. Ragan, Kenneth
    33. Reisner, Walter
    34. Robertson, Steven
    35. Sankey (Childress), Jack
    36. Sievers, Jonathan
    37. Siwick, Bradley
    38. Warburton, Andreas Thomas
    39. Webb, Tracy

    Psychology: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    1. Bagot, Rosemary C
    2. Bartz, Jennifer
    3. Britt, Jonathan Phillip
    4. Falk, Carl F
    5. Hwang, Heungsun
    6. Mogil, Jeffrey S.
    7. Nader, Karim
    8. Onishi, Kristine
    9. Ostry, David J
    10. Otto, Ross
    11. Palmer, Caroline
    12. Ristic, Jelena
    13. Roy, Mathieu
    14. Sheldon, Signy
    15. Shultz, Thomas R.
    16. Titone, Debra
    17. Weinberg, Anna

    Redpath Museum: some eligible supervisors

    If a professor is not listed here, she/he may still be eligible; please refer to "What if my proposed supervisor is not on these lists?" above.

    See also the Department of Biology above. Several researchers are jointly appointed in Biology and the Redpath Museum, but are only listed in one place.

    1. Barrett, Rowan
    2. Green, David
    3. Hendry, Andrew
    4. Larsson, Hans
    5. Millien, Virginie
    6. Ricciardi, Anthony

    Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Physiology

    These departments are part of the Faculty of Medicine. Please refer to the Faculty of Medicine's webpage for NSERC USRA.

    Other academic units

    Please refer to the McGill-wide NSERC USRA webpage.


  3. Order official transcripts from all universities you've attended. Complete your (student) application form on the NSERC website (Form 202, Part 1). Give a copy to your supervisor so she or he has your NSERC reference number.

    Forms for students, including transcripts

    • Consult and complete this Checklist
    • NSERC Form 202, part 1: This is the main form you must complete.
      • Consult NSERC’s Application Instructions
      • Complete Form 202, part 1 using NSERC's online system.
      • The form requires your transcripts:
        • NSERC will accept McGill's new e-Transcript, even if the transcript legend does not appear.
        • You must upload one document (PDF) containing a scan of official transcripts of all universities you attended.
          • This includes separate official transcripts from each university you may have attended; for example, prior to McGill, on exchange, in the summer, etc.
          • If you have difficulty combining multiple transcripts, you may want to request paper copies of all official transcripts (instead of e-transcripts), and then physically scan them all yourself into one PDF.
      • You must submit your form (Form 202, part 1) before your professor can do his or hers (Form 202, part 2). Your professor will need your (last) name and your NSERC reference number.

  4. Professors: Complete the supervisor's application form (Form 202, Part 2).
    VERY IMPORTANT: Read "Information for supervisors (professors) when completing NSERC forms" immediately below.

    Information for supervisors (professors) when completing NSERC forms

    It is the responsibility of researchers and their departments to ensure that application forms include all required information, even if the NSERC online application forms or its instructions have not yet been updated to reflect these new requirements.

    New requirements for NSERC Form 202 Part 2:

    1. In the grant field, enter your RGPIN or equivalent number; if you do not currently hold an NSERC grant, please enter “123456”. If you leave this field blank, you will not be able to submit a complete form.
    2. In either the “project description” or the “student’s role”, please include 2-3 sentences that explicitly describe the “expected quality of the training to be received”. This information is now required, but there is no dedicated field for it yet.

    Reminders, not changes, for NSERC Form 202 Part 2

    FYI:

    • The NSERC USRA travel allowance has been eliminated for Summer 2020. This was previously available to students whose home university is neither McGill nor another Montreal-area university.
    • The supervisor contribution has decreased to $1125 minimum due to changes which ensure students can now count on receiving the FRQNT supplement.

  5. Hand in your complete application, which generally consists of your form, your supervisor's form, and transcripts, before the relevant deadline.

    Departments, contacts, where to submit, and deadlines

    You must provide your application (paper or PDF, as instructed) to a McGill department. Simply submitting the electronic forms on the NSERC portal is insufficient, because the staff in McGill departments who select the awardees do not have access to the NSERC system.

    In light of the deadlines below, departmental selection committees will typically rank applications in late February or early March. Most offers will be made to students by mid-March; however some may come later.

    If your proposed supervisor is from... Contact person Deadline
    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences graduateinfo.aos [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Manuela Franzo-Whitnell) Tuesday, March 3, at 4:00pm
    Biology susan.gabe [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Susan Gabe) Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    Chemistry samuel.sewall [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Samuel Sewall) Friday, February 21, 2020
    (NB: Submit applications to Otto Maass Chemistry Building, Room 322 — not to Dr. Sewall
    Computer Science adina.puica [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Adina Puica) Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Earth and Planetary Sciences kristy.thornton [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Kristy Thornton) TBC
    Geography undergrad.geog [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. June Connolly) Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Mathematics and Statistics angela.white [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Angela White) Wednesday February 26, 2020
    Physics Prof. Walter Reisner TBC
    (Before you apply, please read these application instructions specific to Physics)
    Psychology julia.marussi [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Julia Marussi) Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at noon
    Redpath Museum susan.gabe [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Susan Gabe) Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    (Apply through Biology)
    Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences You can find the deadlines for other faculties via the McGill-wide NSERC USRA webpage. Application procedures, deadlines, and minimum award values vary according to the faculty of your proposed supervisor.
    Faculty of Arts [including but not limited to the School of Information Studies]
    Faculty of Dentistry
    Faculty of Education [including but not limited to the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education]
    Faculty of Engineering
    Faculty of Management
    Faculty of Medicine [including but not limited to the Departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology, and Physiology]
    Faculty of Music

  6. Watch your (McGill) email for results. Most offers will be made to students by mid-March; however some may come later.
  7. If you are offered an award: Keep your offer letter, read it carefully, and follow the procedures it describes to accept your award.
  8. The first instalment of your award payment should normally come by late May.

    More about award payments

    If you are offered an award, departmental staff will ask supervisors (professors) to confirm the source of funds for the professor's share of your award. Watch for email messages or requests: they may contact you to sign a form or provide further information.

    Your award payment will be processed in part by your supervisor's department (for the supervisor's portion, minimum $1125), and in part by the Faculty of Science (for the NSERC portion, $4500). The two offices may process these at different times. Therefore, it is normal in April if you do not see your award in MINERVA, or in early May to only see one of the two parts of your award. Your first pay should normally come by late May, by direct deposit to your bank account; if not, ask the contact person in your supervisor's department.

    You will be able to see your award payments in MINERVA > Financial Aid & Awards > My Financial Aid and Awards. Please note that there can be a delay of 2-3 business days between the date you see on MINERVA and when it gets to your bank account.


  9. Watch for an email from NSERC in mid-summer (usually late June or early July). This letter will confirm your award. Keep this letter!
  10. Your letter from NSERC will indicate if you are eligible to apply for the FRQNT supplement ($1500). Follow the application instructions and deadlines. If you are not invited to apply, or if you apply to the FRQNT and are rejected, please refer to the instructions in your NSERC USRA letter from McGill.

    FRQNT Supplements

    FRQNT Supplements: The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) offers a $1500 supplement to NSERC USRA holders enrolled at an eligible university in Quebec.

    Students must apply for the FRQNT supplement — this is a required step, separate from your NSERC USRA application. To receive the FRQNT supplement, the USRA award holder must complete the FRQNT online form after having received his or her NSERC letter indicating that he or she is eligible to the supplement. Students apply directly to the FRQNT (not McGill) and receive the supplements from them. Please refer to the timeline below.

    Unlike prior years when there were fewer FRQNT Supplements than NSERC USRAs, there is no longer a limit (quota) on the number of these supplements.

    Students registered at a university outside Quebec (summer visitors whose home university is outside Quebec) are not eligible for the FRQNT supplement. For these students, the Faculty of Science will provide an equivalent supplement amount to bring their summer earnings to the base amount.

    Details and conditions will be specified in the NSERC USRA offer letters you receive from your McGill Science department.

    Professors, students, and administrators can therefore assume that NSERC USRA students will receive this supplement, or equivalent.

    Timeline for FRQNT supplements, for NSERC USRAs held in Summer

    • Do not be misled by a deadline that does not pertain to you! If you see an application deadline of April 30 (as on this FRQNT page), that is a deadline for NSERC USRAs held in the Winter term, not the Summer term.
    • You will not be able to apply for the FRQNT supplement until you receive a letter (by email) from NSERC; this usually happens in July. The letter from NSERC in mid-summer is different from the letter from your department in late winter / early spring.
    • When last checked, the FRQNT application deadline for Summer 2020 has not yet been posted; in past years the FRQNT deadline has been August 31.
    • We expect that the results will be communicated by the FRQNT in the 4 weeks that follow their deadline.
    • Students will receive these supplements directly from the FRQNT, likely in September.

  11. Questions? Clarification of eligibility? Special circumstances? Who is my USRA LO / Liaison Officer?

    For more information

    • Please consult the department where you wish to apply (your proposed supervisor's department).
    • For contacts, please refer to the "Departments, contacts, where to submit, and deadlines" section above.
    • Please reach out before you apply, or as soon as the issue arises. Depending on the question, they may have to consult the Faculty of Science, and in some cases McGill will have to consult with NSERC.
    • On the NSERC website, you may find phrases like "refer to the USRA LO [Liaison Officer] at the institution where you would like to hold the award" for more information. At McGil, for the Faculty of Science, this also means to contact the appropriate individual from the "Departments..." section.
    • Please note that if you or your supervisor are not eligible for an NSERC USRA, you may still be eligible for a Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA).
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