Research Funding for Undergraduate Students

External Funding

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) in Universities

  • Stimulate interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • Applicants must be registered in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university
  • Supervisor must be a faculty member who holds an active NSERC research grant (see website for exceptions)
  • For 16 weeks ($4500 plus university contribution)
  • Deadline: set by university

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Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program

  • Introduces undergraduate and medical students to the field of diabetes research at the University of Toronto's Banting & Best Diabetes Centre
  • For 12 weeks during the summer
  • Deadline: January

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CIHR Studentships for Research During the Summer

  • For undergraduate and health professional students to participate in research projects with established health researchers
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or health professional program at a Canadian university
  • Areas of research must fall within priority areas
  • Amount: $5000 for 4 months (plus 25% more from other sources)
  • Deadline: January

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Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowships

  • For undergraduate students, medical students, and first-year graduate school students to pursue careers in endocrinology
  • Students participate in research projects under the guidance of a Society member
  • For 8 to 12 weeks during the summer
  • Deadline: December

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Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Summer Studentships

  • Provide support to undergraduate students who undertake a summer research project relevant to cystic fibrosis
  • Applicants must be full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline
  • Time: 3 months in the summer
  • Deadline: March

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Parkinson's Foundation/American Parkinson Disease Association - Summer Student Fellowships

  • To support undergraduates and medical students in the pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects
  • Amount: $4000 for 10 weeks in the summer
  • Deadline: December or January

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Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) - Summer Studentships

  • For undergraduate students to pursue liver-related research projects under the guidance of leading liver researchers
  • Amount: $4,000 for 3 months
  • Some restrictions apply (see website)
  • Deadline: March or April

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Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) - TalentEdge Internship Program

  • For collaborations between industry partners and final year undergraduates or graduate students in Ontario
  • For addressing a technology problem defined by the participating company
  • OCE and industry partners invest in student teams
  • Deadline: applications may be submitted at any time

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Ontario Government - Summer Jobs

  • For students who are 15 to 29 years old
  • Program provides free services to improve your job-search and self-marketing skills

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Service Canada - Canada Summer Jobs

  • Provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees
  • Funds create high-quality summer job opportunities for students
  • Deadline: February

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Internal Funding

Western's Work Study Program

  • Opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies
  • Assists students in financial need with a regular source of income that does not add to their debt load
  • Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Applicants must be Western students in second year or above in an undergraduate or professional program (some exceptions made for first-year students)
  • For the fall/winter program, students must be registered at main campus in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with disabilities)
  • For the summer program, students must take a half credit (minimum)

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Western's Volunteer Program

  • Provides current Western students with practical experience and the opportunity to enhance their learning and civic responsibility while addressing campus community needs
  • Students are limited to 3-10 hours of work per week in order to ensure appropriate focus on academic study and other extra-curricular activities
  • Access to a wide range of experience-oriented volunteer opportunities with faculty and professionals in the Western community

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Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program at Western

  • For undergraduate students to obtain research experience in the Dept. of Biochemistry at Western
  • Western and non-Western undergraduate students eligible (see restrictions)
  • Amount: ~$6,000 (May to mid-August)
  • Deadline: March

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Dean's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

  • For undergraduate students to obtain research experience at Western (in Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Amount: ~$6,000
  • Deadline: February

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