Details on the 2020 FoM NSERC USRA competition, specifically including changes to potential supervisor eligibility, will be available the week of February 3, 2020. We are waiting on information from NSERC and we will update this website as soon as the FoM competition details have been confirmed. Please watch this space.

Deadline: February 27, 2020 [11:59 pm]

Would you like to get some research experience in an academic setting?

If you are an undergraduate student with an interest in working on research and development projects at a University, you may be eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) subsidizes eligible professors to hire students on their research projects, thereby creating interesting research-related jobs and giving you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

How do you find USRA positions in the Faculty of Medicine?

[check back Feb 3, 2020 for a list of eligible supervisors]

Try to create your own research opportunity by contacting eligible professors you would like to work with and tell them about this program. Many professors will be happy to talk to you about the opportunity to hire you at a subsidized wage.

Complete Information About the NSERC-USRA Available at:

UBC Student Services Website
NSERC Website

Detailed information for supervisors: [check back the week of Feb 3, 2020] (PDF)
List of subject codes: NSERC – Research Subject Codes for Scholarships and Fellowships (PDF)

Common Errors: [check back week of Feb 3, 2020] (PDF)

If you have read all of the above material, and you still have questions, please contact your Faculty Coordinator (Dr. Deborah Giaschi: giaschi@mail.ubc.ca).

Deadline for Applications to the Faculty of Medicine: February 27, 2020

We have a new electronic submission process for the internal ranking of the applications submitted through our Faculty. Please follow the link below where you will be asked to: upload a copy of your completed NSERC Forms 202, including student transcripts; use an Excel template to calculate the student’s GPA for all post-secondary courses; enter additional information required by the UBC Liaison office for the processing of your application.

Faculty of Medicine submission portal: [check back week of Feb 3, 2020]

GPA template (to upload with your application): to be posted Feb 3, 2020

Signatures are not required as part of your application.