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Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (I-USRA)

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has formed a new regional partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Springboard Atlantic to help increase regional opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research activities in Atlantic companies.

Under this new partnership, small and medium-sized Atlantic Canada companies can apply to work with undergraduate science and engineering students, on a 16-week research project and receive a reimbursement of up to $6,500 per undergraduate student ($4,500 from NSERC and $2,000 from IRAP.) Springboard Atlantic will administer the reimbursements of these funds for NRC-IRAP. Students must be paid a minimum salary of $7,625 over the 16-week period.

What are these awards for?

Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (I‑USRAs) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and to pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience in an industrial setting that complements your studies, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host organization. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply for an I‑USRA.

Are you eligible for an award?

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

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be registered, at the time you apply, in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university; and
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-,” if applicable) as defined by your university.

I‑USRAs may be held during co-op placements.

In addition…

  • If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and are studying toward a second bachelor’s degree, you may still apply for an I-USRA.
  • You may hold only one I-USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).
  • You may hold a maximum of three I-USRAs throughout your 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 the term immediately before holding the award in a bachelor’s program at an eligible university;
  • not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering; and
  • be employed full time in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during tenure of the award.




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