Science Awards & Scholarships


NSERC USRA 2022-23 Award Opportunity

Submit your application by 4pm Monday February 14, 2022

2022-23 SEOS projects

These awards are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host institution. NSERC encourages qualified Indigenous students to apply for this award. See the Indigenous applicants section below for more details.  The USRA has a value of $6000 (increase as of Summer 2021) plus supervisor's contribution (minimum $1500). Students must complete a 16-week consecutive research term. The start date for this Award is January 1, 2022. The USRA can count as a co-op work term.  Note:  A maximum of one course during the tenure of the award may be taken, if the research supervisor’s approval have been granted with an arrangement to make up any missing time.

To be eligible for a USRA, a student, at the time of application, must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be registered at the time you apply in a bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university; if you are studying toward a second bachelor’s degree, you may still apply.
  • Completed all the course requirements of at least the first year of university study (or two academic terms) of your bachelor's degree by the time you hold the award.
  • Have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award (full or part-time).
  • NOT have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering.
  • USRAs may be held during co-op placements.
  • You may hold only ONE USRA per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) to a maximum of 3 NSERC awards throughout your university career.
  • There is no longer a requirement that students applying for USRAs be enrolled full-time in their program to be eligible to apply.

Application Process/Procedures:

  1. Review the potential 2022-23 SEOS Projects (faculty proposals).
  2. Contact Faculty members whose research interests you to discuss their project and your suitability. You may approach faculty who have not posted specific projects
  3. There may be specific USRA funding for students of Indigenous ancestry. Please self-identify on the SEOS cover sheet if this applies to you. 
  4. Submit the SEOS application that includes the application cover sheet, your CV, and a letter detailing your research interests and suitability for one of more SEOS projects. 
  5. Top students and alternates will be nominated by the SEOS UG Awards Committee. 



SURA Competition closed as of Friday, February 19, 2021.  Check back next year!

This award is directed at an undergraduate student who wishes to carry out a research project under the supervision of a Faculty Member in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, UVic.  The expectation is that the student would work full-time on the project for at least three months over one academic term, prior to continuing undergraduate studies in a subsequent term.  The award is not intended to support a student working part-time, or for research outside the term during which the student is to be engaged in their research project.  This SURA has a value of $4000 plus a matching contribution by the Supervisor ($4000).

To be eligible for a SURA, a student, at the time of application, must:

  • be registered as a full-time student for a bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Science at the University of Victoria in the current Winter Session. For detailed information regarding eligibility criteria for incourse scholarships, please refer to this web-link:
  • have completed at least 30 units of course credits toward a B.Sc. degree by the end of the Fall term prior to submitting an application,
  • intend to continue full-time undergraduate studies in the term immediately following the research project,
  • have a cumulative GPA of 6.0 or higher for all courses completed at the time of application.

More opportunities listed below and on the Faculty of Science site.

Bob Wright Undergraduate Scholarship - Applications due to Science by March 15th.

If you are an undergraduate student in Faculty of Science who has demonstrated your interest in oceans through course work, co-op experience or work experience, consider applying for this scholarship.  The Bob Wright Undergraduate Scholarships were established by Bob Wright, President and CEO, Oak Bay Marine Group of Companies, on behalf of his employees who work at the Oak Bay Marine Group. In establishing these scholarships, Mr. Wright wanted to help more students experience the tremendous benefits of a UVic education and encourage their interest in the oceans.

Rob and Tammy Lipson Research Scholarship - Applications due to Science by April 30th.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student and you have an international research opportunity that you'd like to pursue, consider applying for a Rob and Tammy Lipson Research Scholarship.  This scholarship was established by Rob and Tammy Lipson; Peter Loock is the current Dean of Science. In establishing this scholarship, they hope to help more students gain hands-on research experience in an international setting.