Undergraduate Science Awards & Scholarships


Opportunities listed below and on the Faculty of Science site.


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC - USRA) - Applications due to SEOS by Feb. 15th.  

USRA 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 $4500 plus supervisor's contribution (minimum $1125). Students must complete a 16-week consecutive research term. The start dates are May 1, September 1 or January 1. The USRA can count as a co-op work term.

Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) - Applications due to Science by Feb. 15th.

The awards are directed at undergraduate students who wish to carry out a research project under the supervision of a Faculty Member in Science at UVic. Only one application will be accepted from a single supervisor in each competition. 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 awards are 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.  The SURA will provide up to $4,000 to the student for the research project, and the supervisor of the project must at least match this contribution. The amount of the award will be related to the length of the student's research project.

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.