2019-20 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

Applications are invited from eligible undergraduate students for the 2019-20 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program.  Information is available from NSERC's website.

Awards may be held in one of the following terms: Summer term 2019, Fall term 2019, or Winter term 2020.

  • The University of Windsor quota of awards has not been released yet, but we expect that information soon.  Last year our quota was 28.
  • The value of the scholarship for 2019-2020 is $4,500.00 for 16 weeks, with a travel allowance where necessary. 
  • NSERC requires that all students holding USRAs receive supplementary assistance from University sources of at least 25% of the value of the award, that is, of at least $1,125.00.  This mandatory supplement is a minimum  value; any supplement above this level may be set at the University’s discretion.  Research supervisors or programs should therefore indicate clearly what they are prepared to contribute.
  • NSERC closely monitors the participation of women in the program and strongly suggests the universities use the USRA program as a tool to encourage more women to pursue careers in science and engineering.  NSERC expects that universities will endeavour to ensure a minimum 50% participation rate by female students.
  • NSERC would also like to encourage Aboriginal undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies and research careers in the natural sciences and engineering.  Each university is strongly encouraged to promote the availability of USRAs to qualified Aboriginal students.  Awards that the University of Windsor makes to Aboriginal students will be in addition to our quota of awards (please identify these applications when they are submitted to our office).
  • A student applying for an award must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be registered in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university.  Students must have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 70% up to the time of application.  Students may not hold more than three USRAs in their academic career or more than one award in any fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Note the following restrictions:

  • Students must be supervised by a faculty member holding an active NSERC research grant either at the time the student submits the application, or at the time the student takes up the award.
  • Students should not receive academic credits for the work done during the term of a USRA. Therefore, holders of these awards are not generally permitted to take courses during working hours throughout the term of their award.  Students may take one course if special arrangements to make up the time under supervision have been made with the supervisor. In particular, USRA holders are not permitted to do thesis research during the term of the award.

The deadline for departments to submit ranked applications to the Office of Graduate Studies for students wishing to hold an award in either Summer term 2019, Fall term 2019, or Winter term 2020 is February 15, 2019.


Detailed instructions and the electronic application forms are available from the NSERC website.

All applications must be completed, verified and submitted on-line.  A paper copy is then printed off and submitted to the department, along with official transcripts.  Unofficial web versions of transcripts are not acceptable.

Instructions for students:

Complete Form 202 Part I (Student Application for a USRA): Students can create only one Part 1 of Form 202. If they applied last year, they must update that form for use this year.

  • Register or log onto the NSERC on-line system and select Form 202 Part I under the heading For Students and Fellows
  • Complete all the modules shown on the left hand side of the screen, and then verify the form on the My Portfolio screen until the report shows it is complete
  • Forward the reference number provided by the system to potential supervisor(s)
  • Upload PDF copies of all official transcripts (not records printed from UWinsite Student)
  • Submit the original copies of the transcripts to the department

Instructions for supervisors

Complete Part II of Form 202

  • Log onto the on-line site with the same password and username used to apply for an NSERC grant
  • If the password has been forgotten, supervisors can contact NSERC's On-line Services: webapp@nserc-crsng.gc.ca
  • Select Form 202 Part II under the heading Forms-Researcher
  • Enter the reference number for each student with whom they wish to work, and complete all the modules necessary to create a Part II for each student
  • Verify each form using the button on the My Portfolio screen until report states it is complete
  • Push the Submit to LO button to complete the application
  • If the supervisor does not verify the application, the “Submit to LO” button does not appear
  • Print off a copy of the application (Parts I and II) and submit it to the departmental secretary

Instructions for departments

  • Receive a paper copy of the application (Parts I and II) and the official transcripts for each student
  • Rank the applications and forward them to Graduate Studies by the deadline of February 15, 2019

If you require further information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies (gradaward@uwindsor.ca)