Deadline: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 4:00 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?

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.

List of NSERC USRA Eligible Supervisors in the Faculty of Medicine for 2018-19

Complete Information About the NSERC-USRA Available at:

UBC Student Services Website
NSERC Website

Detailed information for students: NSERC USRA Info for students 2018-19 (PDF)
Detailed information for supervisors: NSERC USRA Info for Medicine supervisors 2018-19 (PDF)
List of subject codes: NSERC – Research Subject Codes for Scholarships and Fellowships (PDF)

Common Errors: NSERC USRA Checklist 2018 (PDF)

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

Deadline for Applications to the Faculty of Medicine: March 6, 2018 4:00 pm

Student applicants must submit 1 printed copy of the complete application package (including printout of scanned transcript file) including the student and supervisor names on the sealed envelope to one of the following locations:

  • Attn: Linda Herbert/Dr. Deborah Giaschi, Faculty of Medicine Dean’s office (3rd floor of Woodward IRC on UBC Point Grey campus), OR
  • Dr. Deborah Giaschi, Room E300E, Shaughnessy Building, Children’s Hospital, between 8:30am and 4pm

Signatures are not required on your application package.

Please remember that you will need to print out your forms (part 1 and 2), to include in your application package.