Undergraduate Awards/Scholarships

2024 NSERC USRA and UTEA Psychology Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

Departmental Deadline: March 15, 2024

Applications are now open for the University of Toronto's Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs). USRAs are designed to foster students' interest and cultivate their potential for a research career in health, natural sciences, or social sciences. These awards also aim to promote future graduate studies by offering valuable research experience that enhances academic learning. Please encourage your students to apply!

Awards Available

  1. NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA).
  2. UofT Excellence Awards (UTEA)

 Award Value

  • Awards are valued at a minimum of $7500 through a combination of NSERC/University and Department funds. Students can be paid more than $7500; any additional top-up is the responsibility of the supervisor
  • Psychology has been allocated 2 guaranteed NSERC USRA awards. Self-identifying Indigenous and Black students are funded above and beyond this allocation by NSERC. (Full details available here)
  • The department can nominate up to 14 candidates for the UofT Excellence Award (UTEA), but there is no guarantee of the number of awards given to Psychology students. (Full details available here)

Duration of Award16 consecutive weeks

University of Toronto Mississauga administers this program in the summer months only, between May 1st and August 30th.

  • No provisions for sick leave, vacation or other interruptions of awards. Should a work term be terminated early, NSERC must be informed immediately through the Office of Research Services.
  • Awards may NOT be deferred. All efforts must be made to give awards to students who can complete or commit to a 16-week work term.


  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident 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.
  • Self-identifying Indigenous and Black students are funded above and beyond this allocation by NSERC (provided the application is approved by the Agency).
  • Must have obtained, over previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of B or B‐) CGPA of 2.7 to 3.0
  • Must have completed, at least time of application, a minimum of two academic terms. (1st year students are ineligible)
  • Graduating students, in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program requirements, as long as they have not started a program of graduate studies.
  • Be engaged on a full‐time basis in research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering during the award tenure.
  • MUST find an eligible supervisor

Application Process

  • All supervisors and candidates must complete the 2024 UTEA Application Form.
  • Students applying for Summer Undergraduate Research Awards are automatically considered for both UTEA and USRA (when eligible) awards.
  • Email completed application forms to utmpsych.utm@utoronto.ca.
  • Indigenous, Black, and the next two highest eligible NSERC USRA nominees (and their supervisors) will be asked to complete applications on NSERC’s online system.


Please email utmpsych.utm@utoronto.ca

Departmental Scholarships

In-Course Scholarships

The UTM Department of Psychology has in-course scholarships that are awarded yearly. Students will be awarded based on their eligibility under each scholarship's criteria.

David Family Scholarship

The David Family Scholarship is a prestigious award that recognizes the exceptional achievements of UTM students. Awarded to an upper-year UTM student in high academic standing enrolled in a Major or Specialist Psychology program (Psychology, Exceptionality in Human Learning & Neuroscience) with a demonstrated interest in mental health and who intends to pursue a career in the field. If you have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, and a commitment to community service, this scholarship could be an important part of supporting your educational endeavours.

  • Eligibility: Open to Upper year students in any of our programs with a demonstrated interest in the field of mental health.
  • Criteria: Academic excellence, and a personal statement explaining your interest, and your research in the field of mental health. Your statement should demonstrate your passion for this discipline and address your future plans (career, research, etc.). 
  • Application Deadline: March 1st, 2024
  • How to Apply: Visit the Scholarship Application Portal to complete the online application.


2022-23Hiort, Olivia
2019-20Murphy, Gabriela
2018-19Jbara, Nirma                         

Linda Kralik Memorial Award

Established in memory of a beloved member of our community, this award aims to recognize individuals who exemplify qualities such as kindness, compassion, and dedication to helping others. If you embody these values, we encourage you to apply for this meaningful award. Community involvement and personal qualities will be taken into consideration. Preference will be given to students in the Exceptionality and Human Learning program in 3rd or 4th year, but students may be considered from the Psychology Major, Psychology Specialist, or Neuroscience Specialist programs.
  • Eligibility: Open to students in the Exceptionality and Human Learning Specialist, Psychology Major/Specialist, or Neuroscience Specialist, all in 3rd or 4th year. Students must demonstrate kindness, compassion, and dedication.
  • Criteria: High academic standing and a personal statement explaining your positive impact on the community and exemplification of Linda Kralik's values.
  • Application Deadline: March 1st, 2024
  • How to Apply: Visit the Scholarship Application Portal to complete the online application.


2022-23Di Censo, Lucia
2022-23Fortes, Kian
2019-20Antidormi, Ethan
2018-19Kazi, Sharmin
2017-18Chen, Vanessa
 Sran, Rupinder Kaur
2016-17Dodds, Meredith
2015-16Van Gaasbeek, Emily
2014-15Jong, Joanne
2013-14Alameddine, Nisreen
2012-13Cawthorn, Cherylann             
2011-12Brar, Jaspal

Mississauga Erin Mills Rotary Club Scholarship in Psychology (no application – awarded based on academic performance)

Awarded to a student with high standing who is entering fourth year of the Psychology Specialist program.


2022-23Chevarie, Hope
2019-20Saab, Marian
2018-19Sell, Nicole
2017-18Mehrotra, Mishika
2016-17Ziolkowski, Justine
2015-16Sadowski, Adam
2014-15Lau, Sheila
2013-14Li, Wei Fu
2012-13Khattab, Maryam
2011-12Qin, Meiying

The I.M. Spigel Memorial Scholarship in Psychology (no application – awarded based on academic performance)

Awarded to a full-time or part-time student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and intellectual curiosity, and who has encouraged a love of scholarship through either his/her own personal attitude and achievement or through his/her assistance to others. Registration in the Psychology Specialist program is required.


2022-23Nemi, Laura
2019-20Drobenko, Michael
 Miinalainen, Miina Juliet Grace
2018-19Pringle, Victoria
 Bride, Hannah
 Onorato, Paolina
2017-18Ngo, Hazel
 Holmes, Paige
 Hall, Meaghan
2016-17Mehmood, Tehreem
 Yau, Matthew
2015-16Baisyrymova, Leila
 Mouftah, Abdel Rahman
2014-15Chen, Yongyu
2013-14Nowicki, Magda
 Penkul, Paul
 Shakil, Amna
2012-13Chan, Claire Marie
 Redford, Robert
 Sawczak, Caspian
2011-12Puka, Klajdi
 Zimmerman, Jacqueline
 Zimmerman, Joelle


Exceptional Academic Performance in First-Year Award (no application – awarded based on academic performance)

Awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in Introduction to Psychology (PSY100Y5) during their first year of University.


2022-23Huynh, Andrew
2019-20Lou, Gladys
2018-19Beidas, Zeina
 Rizvi, Syeda Taliya
2017-18Galytskyy, Mariam
2016-17Lluka, Sheron
 Sell, Nicole
 Wang, Ruofang
2015-16Teng, Fangfei
 Wasif, Fatima
2014-15Ziolkowski, Justine
2013-14Feheim. Michelle
 Mujahid, Shaigan
2012-13Lau, Sheila
 Khan, Ramsha


Exceptional Academic Performance in Second-Year Award (no application – awarded based on academic performance)

Awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in all their courses during their second-year of University.  The recipient must apply and gain admission into one of the following Specialist programs offered by the UTM Department of Psychology: Psychology, Exceptionality in Human Learning, or Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology. 


2022-23Ugovsek, Ryan
2022-23Zucchetti, Amy
2019-20Ali, Anood
 Beidas, Zeina
2018-19Murphy, Gabriela
 Melfi, Claire Emilia
2017-18Kolisnyk, Matthew Elliott
 Jbara, Nirma Hatem
2016-17Holmes, Paige
 Mehrotra, Mishika
 Presswala, Batul
2015-16Yau, Matthew
 Ngo, Hazel
2014-15Mouftah, Abdel Rahman
 Dias, Marilia
2013-14Cox, Melissa
 Van Gaasbeen, Emily
2012-13Jurewicz, Zuzanna