NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards 

USRAs 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 the Department of Mathematics.

Please note, this is an exceptionally competitive scholarship especially given the number of awards we are allotted. Strong students are encouraged to apply after careful consideration and discussion with their supervisor. 

Departmental Application Deadline for NSERC USRA

Friday, March 12th, 2021 

Student Eligibility - General Requirements: 

  • You must be at least in 2nd year and have completed at least two semesters of your undergraduate program by the start of this research experience to apply 
  • Students in first-year who have completed two semesters are still not eligible to apply. 

In order to apply for NSERC USRA awards you must: 

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada as of the deadline date for applications at the institution 
  • be registered, as of the deadline for applications at the institution, in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible institution 
  • have obtained, over the previous years of study, a second class cumulative average of at least a "B- (70% or 2.7 GPA) grade 
  • be available to work for all 16 weeks of the program 

Please visit the NSERC USRA website for more details 

Duration: Work terms are 16 consecutive weeks from May 1st to September 30th

Complete the NSERC application on the online system. 

A reference number will be assigned to you after you complete Part I. Send the reference number to your supervisor as they will need this information to complete Part II. Note that handwritten applications will not be accepted. 

Please complete the form below.

A digital PDF copy of your completed NSERC USRA online application form (form 202, parts one and two) via the USRA application form.

Please attach a pdf copy of form 202, parts 1 and 2 to your application and complete the Student-Supervisor Certification. For more guidelines for both students and research supervisors (form 202 Part I and Part II) please follow the 2021 NSERC USRA  Application Checklist 

Unofficial Transcript: An official transcript is no longer (but will still be accepted). Students can provide an e-transcript or academic history report generated directly from ACORN. 

Mathematics Departmental Deadline: Friday, March 12: Please submit the complete application package to uginfo@math.toronto.edu 



UTEA University of Toronto Excellence Award

The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program is funded by the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI). The UTEA program in the Faculty of Arts & Science is designed to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to work on summer research projects over 14 weeks under the direction of a faculty member whose primary (full-time) appointment is in the Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George Campus).

Please know that the competition has historically generated an applicant pool that far surpassed the number of awards available. 

Note: Before any plans for in-person UTEA related research training (on or off campus) can proceed, supervisors must submit a new amended request to re-start research activities using the online A&S Research Re-Start & Recovery Platform (including a signed copy of the undergrad attestation form). 

Deadline: Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Canadian Citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term. 
  • Registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student in a bachelor's degree program at the University of Toronto (and not holding higher degrees in NSE or SSH).
  • Must have obtained a cumulative average of " B+ or higher. For students in higher years, this average can be applied to the best two years of study.
  • May already hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline and be studying towards a second bachelor's degree in NSE or SSH. 
  • Registered full-time throughout their program, except for the final session, during which they were only required to register part-time in order to complete their degree. The award must be held in the session immediately following the final session. 

Duration: 14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and September 30, 2021

Value of Award: $6,000 over 14 weeks 

Applications and Program Guidelines:

2021 UTEA  Application 

2021 UTEA Program Guidelines

Eligible applicants should submit the completed UTEA application to research.artsci@utoronto.ca

Note: Supervisors are required to fill out part II of the UTEA application.