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NSERC USRA Information

The 2021 NSERC USRA Program information is not available at this time. 

Queen's Research Services has indicated that the Summer NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRA) will be happening for 2021!

We hope to have more information on the NSERC USRA 2021 process in February/March, 2021 so stay tuned!

Information from last year's process is outlined below.

Summer 2020 NSERC-USRA Research Awards

USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards) are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Indigenous students to apply for this award.

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:

•    be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for applications at the university;
•    be registered, as of the deadline date for applications at the university, in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university;
•    minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

In addition...

•    Students are not permitted to take courses during working hours throughout the term of their award unless special arrangements to make-up the time have been made with the supervisor.  In particular, they are not permitted to do thesis research during the term of the award.
•    You may hold only one university USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
•    You may hold a maximum of three university USRAs throughout your undergraduate university career.

To hold an award, you must:

•    have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree;
•    have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university;
•    not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering at any time;
•    be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the tenure of the award.

Familiarize yourself with the following NSERC’s websites

Duration of awards

•    The duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks on a full-time basis.
•    You may hold an award at any time during the year as permitted by your academic program.


List of Faculty Members accepting NSERC student applications for Summer 2020

Faculty Member:


Faculty Website:


Stanka Fitneva              




Kevin Munhall

Jeremy Stewart CLINICAL


Application Process:

•    You must work under the supervision of a faculty member. The Psychology Faculty members listed above are accepting applications for summer 2020.  Please follow up with them directly via email with your unofficial transcript to apply.
•    The deadline to secure Faculty approval is February 21, 2020.
•    Once you have secured approval from a Faculty member, please send an email to the Undergraduate Office:, including your Faculty Supervisor.
•    Once the Awards Committee has selected the recipients, successful applicants will be notified by Friday, February 28th, 2020.
•    You will need to formally accept your offer and complete the necessary documentation/forms required from NSERC, which will include an unofficial transcript. The deadline to submit all documentation/forms is no later than March 5, 2020.

Please follow up with the Academic Advisor/Assistant to the Undergraduate Chair at if you have any questions concerning the application process.