NSERC USRA Awards & DURA Awards


An information session about applying for NSERC-USRA will be held:
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:00am via zoom .

Here is the link to the NSERC USRA/DURA 2020 presentation slides from the
student information session, which was held on January 22, 2021.


If you have any question regarding NSERC-USRA/DURA, please email


Dear students,

The NSERC USRA summer research program offers students the opportunity to work in a research laboratory for the summer. Below please find details of eligibility and application process for these awards.

The deadline for submissions to the department is Friday, February 26, 2021.

Eligibility and General Information:

    • The NSERC USRA is a stipend of $7,850 for 16 weeks of full time (35 hours per week) work. This is equivalent to minimum wage ($14/hr).
    • The award can only be held during the summer semester.
    • NSERC expects students to work the full term and cannot hold other employment. NSERC may approve a shorter tenure in exceptional circumstances (these circumstances must be approved by NSERC in advance)
    • Recipients may be permitted to register for one degree credit course during the tenure of the award provided it is justified and approved by NSERC. An approval request to NSERC must come from the Liaison Officer and conditions for attending course lectures outside of regular working hours must be set by the supervisor to ensure that full time work hours are not affected.
    • Students may not hold more than three USRA awards during their university career.
    • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and must be registered as full-time students in an eligible bachelor degree program in the natural sciences, and must have completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of a bachelor's degree by April 30, 2021.
    • Candidates who hold higher degrees in natural sciences or engineering, or are candidates for an undergraduate professional degree in health sciences (e.g. M.D., D.D.S., B.Sc.N.) are not eligible. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Further information and the application for NSERC USRAs can be found on the NSERC website:
The application form and instructions (Form 202) are now available on the NSERC website and must be filled out using NSERC’s online system. Both students and supervisors will have to register online to be able to complete the application. Please read all instructions before beginning.

Instructions to Apply:

  • Identify a faculty member who agrees to supervise you in their laboratory
  • Fill out PART I of Form 202 (NSERC’s online system)
  • Forward Reference Number to supervisor
  • In a separate document, provide a 1 paragraph Research Interest Statement describing their research interest in the professor/research group, past experience (lab or course-related) and skills they will bring to the project, benefits they gain from the USRA experience and how the training environment they selected aligns with their career goals and academic interests
  • Original transcripts are required for non-York students, which must be sent directly to the potential supervisor from the Registrar’s Office of the student’s home institution. For York students a transcript will be printed by the department for inclusion in the package.

A completed and signed copy of the application package must be delivered to the appropriate department via online (for Biology to bioaward@yorku.ca) by Friday February 26 2021.
Full application packages must include:
- Form 202: Part I (student) & Part II (supervisor, including research project & training plan)
- 1 paragraph Research Interest Statement (student)
- Printed hardcopy of the student’s transcript (provided by departmental Administrative Assistants). Original transcripts are required for non-York students, which must be sent directly to the potential supervisor from the Registrar’s Office of the student’s home institution.