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Summer Research Award Opportunities

The Application

  • Students may only apply with one Schulich Medicine & Dentistry supervisor. Each eligible Schulich Medicine & Dentistry supervisor may submit one application. Please confirm that your supervisor is aware of this. 

  • Who completes the application?  The application will be completed by the student, on behalf of the Supervisor and themselves.  Once you have submitted your application, a copy of the submission will be sent to you, and your Supervisor.
  • What information do I include?  
    • Student information (name, student number, email, year of study, program)
    • A maximum of 10 distinct examples of roles or responsibilities you have held in academic, research-related activities, volunteer, extracurricular, and work experience that you feel would be relevant to support your application.  
    • A maximum of 6 significant achievements, or awards, that you feel would be relevant to your application.
    • Supervisor information (name, Department, email)
    • Project information:  this portion of the application will be completed with your Supervisor to outline the research project you are proposing to complete. 
  • Academic Record:  The BMSUE Office will provide a copy of your academic record to the adjudication panel, as your cumulative average is considered as part of your application.
  • How are awardees determined?  The adjudication panel will review each application considering the following categories:  cumulative average; research-related experience and achievements; and the project proposal.  Once the Schulich SMD is made aware of available awards, the awards will be distributed to the highest-ranking applicants.  
  • What award will my application be considered for?  In your online application, you will indicate which competition(s) you would like your application to be considered for.  Please check all that apply.  Please note:  if you are awarded an NSERC USRA, you will be required to submit an application through the NSERC USRA portal in February 2022 to receive this award.  This information will be included in the award letter.
  • Questions?  If you have any questions, please email sura@uwo.ca

Award Opportunities

  • The Dean's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (DUROP)  

    The Dean's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program provides outstanding science and basic medical science undergraduate students the opportunity to acquire research experience with a faculty member at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and to discover the value of a biomedical research career.  All areas of research within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are eligible for DUROP.  

    The award stipend, provided by the Dean, is $4,500 for a 16-week term, May-August (specific dates to be determined by the faculty member and student). In addition, students receive a minimum of $3,000 matching stipend provided by their Supervisor (faculty member).


  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC USRA)  

    NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) enable undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. 

    The award stipend provided by NSERC is $6,000 for a 16-week term, May-August (specific dates to be determined by the faculty member and student).  In addition, students receive a minimum of $2,400 supplement, provided by their Supervisor (faculty member).

    Please note: to be eligible for an NSERC URSA award, the proposed research project must be related to a field in the natural sciences and/or engineering. If you are awarded an NSERC USRA, you will be required to submit an online application through the NSERC USRA portal in February 2022 to receive this award. This information will be included in your award letter.  For frequently asked questions, please visit the NSERC USRA website


  • The Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (USRI)  

    The Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRIs) provide undergraduate students with an engaged research experience where students are given the opportunity to learn new research methods and techniques, along with gaining critical skills needed to excel within a dynamic and evolving career sector. This program also supports faculty members to further their research programs.

    Summer Internships are valued at a minimum of $8,400 for a 16-week term, May-August (specific dates to be determined by the faculty member and student). Western will contribute $6,450 toward each Summer Internship, with a required minimum match of $1,950 from the Supervisor. 


    **Any NEW Awards**:  If you would like to be considered for any new award(s) as they become available, please indicate this by checking this option when completing your online application.  Please note:  if new award opportunities become available, only the applications received during the application period of November 26, 2021 - January 7, 2022, will be considered.    

Am I Eligible?

  • Western and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry are committed to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization. As part of this commitment, we will consider diversity of the awardees to provide opportunities for black, indigenous, students of colour, students that identify as LGTBQ2S+, women, visible minorities, and students with disabilities.
  • When completing your online application, you will specify which Award(s) you would like to be considered for.  If any new awards become available for Summer 2022, you will be considered for these as well.

  • For all award opportunities:  At the time of application, you must be currently registered in a Bachelor's degree program at a University, and have not begun graduate studies at the time of the award (Summer 2022). 
  • DUROP:  ONLY Science and Basic Medical Science students at Western University are eligible to receive a DUROP award.
  • NSERC USRA:  NSERC USRA projects must be related to a field in the natural sciences and/or engineering.  For more information, please visit the NSERC USRA website.
  • Students may only apply with one Schulich Medicine & Dentistry supervisor. Each eligible Schulich Medicine & Dentistry supervisor may submit one application. Please confirm that your supervisor is aware of this.

List of Eligible Supervisors (Summer 2022)

  • How to find a Supervisor? 
    • Prior to contacting a Faculty member from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, it is recommended that you first look into their background and research interests, by visiting their respective Department sites on the BMSc website.  This will help ensure that your research project proposal aligns well with their interests, and area of specialization
    • Reach out to the potential Supervisor via email, providing a personalized email to them
  •  Ready to start your search for your Supervisor?  Eligible Supervisor Listing for Summer 2022

Ready to Apply?

Once you have successfully matched with an eligible Supervisor, and mutually agreed upon a project, you are ready to submit your application!  **UPDATED** The application will be open from Friday, November 26 (9:00 am) to Friday, January 7 (11:45 pm), 2022.  Summer Research Awards 2022 Application  

When will I be notified?

**UPDATED** Award winners will be notified after February 7, 2022.  

Summer Job Opportunities

Digital Media Student Internship

Applications for the 2022 Digital Media Intern positions are not currently available.  Please check back here for further information in Spring 2022.  

Western Internal Funding - Student Grants

Internal funding opportunities sponsored by Research Western are provided to those who meet the individual eligibility requirements for each program. Please visit the Research Western site to view current student opportunities.

Other Job Opportunities

For more details about job opportunities please visit the Human Resources site.  Many of the part-time positions available at Western are open to our students year-round.  Jobs are posted under Staff Careers on the Working at Western website.  Departments may also post jobs within the Department, or through Western Connect.

Frugal Biomedical Innovations Summer Studentships:  The Program in Frugal Biomedical Innovations announces a summer student program for 2022.  Project information, and application information can be found here.