USSRF FAQs

Due to current pandemic related travel restrictions, the 2022 USSRF program may not include a Bader College (formally Bader International Study Centre) application or funding stream. In that case, only applications for projects supervised by a Kingston campus supervisor (stream 1) will be accepted. A decision on the Bader College USSRF program will be made in early 2022.

Last Updated: December 2021

Questions from/about student applicants (both Streams):

Yes. Students must be currently registered in an undergraduate bachelor’s degree program (any year), and will be returning to undergraduate studies at Queen’s in the fall.

No. Student GPA is not scored as part of the adjudication process but may be taken into consideration if two applications are otherwise scored equally. The onus is on the student and the supervisor to demonstrate the strength of the application.

Yes, providing the Continuing Education student (from Faculty of Education) is not in his/her final year at the time of application, they are eligible.

No, applicants have to return as an undergraduate.

Reference letters are not accepted as part of the application. Applications with extra documentation do not meet submission guidelines.

No. Only one application per student will be accepted.

Yes, as long as the student and supervisor agree on the work plan, and the hours are completed by the end of the USSRF term (August 31) Campus and July 31 for Bader College).

  • Campus - Students are expected to engage in the project for a minimum of 350 hours.
  • Bader College - students are expected to engage in the project for a minimum of 290 hours.

All returning undergraduate students in a bachelor’s degree program at Queen’s are eligible to apply. The proposed research MUST pertain to humanities, social sciences or creative arts.

Students receive their USSRF awards by monthly payroll (less mandatory deductions), which is deposited directly into their bank account. See the duration and remuneration section in the guidelines.

Comments made by reviewers are not recorded during the adjudication process.

It is expected that students will fully engage with the research experience, and in most cases that means the student will join the research group and supervisor on campus. However, students are encouraged to ask their potential supervisor how their research group works, and what the expectations are with respect to work location, and interactions with the group.

Yes, however, preference may be given to students who have not previously held a USSRF.

No, USSRF projects are for individual research projects only; one student and one supervisor.

Faculty members supporting a USSRF application and expecting their contribution to be covered by an ASURF awarded to the USSRF student should speak to Dr. Nick Mosey  moseyn@queensu.ca, FAS Associate Dean of Research, and Advisor for the ASURF program.


ASURF funding can also be used over and above USSRF funding and a supervisors contribution.

Only students currently enrolled in a Queen’s bachelor’s degree program are eligible. Students enrolled in professional programs are not eligible.

The courses the student is taking in the fall must be towards completion of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree. If the courses are for interest or to qualify them for graduate studies but will not count towards an undergraduate bachelor’s degree they will not be eligible to apply.

We have never surveyed the students to ask whether they were able to manage a part-time job and a fellowship at the same time. Students are expected to engage a minimum of 350 hours on the project
from May to August (290 hrs for Bader College USSRF, May-July). Students should discuss the issue of additional part time work with their supervisor.

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, thesis research is not permitted during the term of the award. Students need to consult with their supervisor to ensure their schedule is compatible with completing the research objectives.

Questions for Bader College (Stream 2) applicants:

  During the pandemic uncertainty and COVID restrictions, the Bader College stream of the USSRF was done remotely. A decision regarding summer 2022 will be made in the new year and posted on the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships page.

You will not need a Visa for your time at Bader College because the duration of the USSRF is less than 6 months. A Canadian or US passport and a letter of offer from Bader College stating the term and reason for your visit will be considered sufficient.

No. Queen’s will pay the equivalent cost of a return ticket and the student is responsible for any cost over and above that price.

Yes, the supervisor should be sent the entire application; including transcripts.

Questions about/for USSRF supervisors:

Not sure how to find a research area you are interested in? Here are some suggestions: Check out the opportunities and resources listed on the Student Researchers page (scroll to the Undergraduate Research section). Stop in on student poster presentations when you see them on campus - ask questions and find out who students are working with. Listen to the Blind Date with Knowledge blog to hear what Queen’s researchers are talking about. Visit the Research at Queen’s homepage and explore the various sections to see if anything or anyone inspires you. When you find a research area you might be interested in - go talk to the professor or drop into the Departmental main office to find out who you could give you more information.

Yes, this contribution is a required part of the program.

Supervisors are encouraged to be up front with prospective students about the budget for the project, and their expectations for the fellowship. Students are also encouraged to ask potential supervisors if the full fellowship amount will be awarded as stipend (recommended) or not.

Supervisors must have a primary faculty appointment at Queen’s, or adjunct status at Queen’s (assuming their primary appointment is not as a faculty member at another university). All appointments must cover the duration of the fellowship (May to August).

It is the research topic that matters. The proposed research must be in a discipline that is fundable by SSHRC regardless of the home department of the faculty member. It is the responsibility of the supervisor (not the student) to ensure the research area meets these criteria. Applications will be screened for subject matter eligibility by Research Services before adjudication using criteria outlined by SSHRC .

If a committee member is also listed as a supervisor for a student application they will not receive that particular application to review.

It is expected that supervisors will fully engage with the research experience, and in most cases that means the student will join the research group and supervisor on campus. The onus is on the applicants to justify the research and training plan (see Application Student Section Q2: Personal Impact; and Supervisor Section Q2: Training Plan).

  • Stream 1: Supervisors for on campus projects must choose only one application to move forward.
  • Stream 2: The adjudication committee will select one awardee among all applications submitted for each Bader College project.

It is typical for funds to come from research grants.