Summer NSERC USRA & UTEA Programs


2023 Summer NSERC USRA

Applications for Summer 2023 are available. The tentative deadline is March 13, 11:59PM..
  • The duration of the USRA is 16 weeks, and the value is at least $7,500 ($6K from NSERC + minimum $1,500 from the supervisor).
  • Remote work is acceptable with supervision expected on a frequent basis.
  • Award holders are not required to be registered during their work term.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of two terms at the time of application and by the start of the USRA term in May.
  • Applicants must secure a supervisor in Biology.
  • Awards made to self-identified black and Indigenous students will be in addition to the department's quota.  Please contact if you are in this group, even if you cannot find a supervisor, she will assist with finding a supervisor.
Apply here:
Students complete Form 202 Part I
  • ensure program completion date is "June".
  • Students must upload a PDF copy of the academic history report/e-transcript/official paper transcript on NSERC’s online system when completing their application. 
  • Forward their reference number to their supervisor. This number is automatically generated when Form 202 Part I is completed.
  • Email a PDF of the form to
Supervisor completes Form 202 Part II
Student: submit an e-copy of their official transcript to
Student and supervisor must sign the Student-Supervisor Certification Form and email a copy to
Student Eligibility:
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • Registered either full-time or part-time (at the time of application) in a bachelor's degree program in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award. NSERC, however, expects that full-time students will hold most awards.
  • First year students are not eligible
  • Students who will graduate a the end of the term before the USRA begins, is eligible as long as they have not started a graduate program before the USRA is finished.
  • USRA award holders are permitted to take up to two courses during the duration of the award (not required)
  • Thesis or ROP courses are not permitted
More questions? Contact: by email or through MS Teams.
2023 USRA FAQs_.pdf (681.64 KB)

University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA)

This award aims to provide undergraduate students with funding to conduct a summer research project under an eligible faculty member's supervision. There are 10 UTEA awards available across the entire UTM. Please refer to the program guidelines link
Please note the following:
  • Applications are closed for Summer 2022. Check here in March 2023 for next Summer.
  • Students do not need to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents to hold a UTEA, this is different than the NSERC USRA in which only Canadian/permanent residents are eligible.
  • The supervisor of a UTEA-NSE recipient must be a faculty member holding a NSERC grant administered through UTM, either as the principal investigator or the co-investigator.
Application instructions:
Application form
Student: submit an e-copy of their official transcript and Part 1 of the application  to
The supervisor should email Part II of the application to
Applcation closed
Contact: Stephanie do Rego