Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) – Summer 2024

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Social Justice
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 26th, April 2024

External Deadline: Wednesday 1st, May 2024


Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in health, natural sciences and engineering, or social sciences and humanities. These awards are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies by providing research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting.

CIHR and SSHRC USRAs are, at the present time, exclusively for Black student researchers. To be considered, you must self-identify as Black (see the Black student researchers section for more details).


To be eligible to apply for an award

  • – you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), as of the deadline date for applications at the institution
  • – you must be registered, as of the deadline date for applications at the institution, in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible institution
  • – you must have obtained, over the previous years of study, a satisfactory cumulative average (normally at least B-; check with your institution)
  • – you cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., MD, DDS, BScN) (does not apply for CIHR USRAs)
  • – you cannot be currently registered or have been previously registered, at any time, in a graduate program in the same field of study
  • – you cannot have completed all your degree requirements

Important Dates

Competition Summer 2024 (May to August) (202405URS) Fall 2024 (September to December) (202405URS) Winter 2025 (January to April) (202405URS)
Application Deadline 2024-05-01 2024-10-01 2025-01-15
Anticipated Notice of Decision 2024-06-30 2024-11-30 2025-02-28
Funding Start Date 2024-05-02 2024-10-02 2025-01-16

See ResearchNet for CIHR guidelines.

See NSERC site for NSERC guidelines.


Funding Sources

Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: February 29, 2024