Undergraduate Research Funding

Interested in undergrad research? Apply for all the studentships and awards that are available for undergrads.

Review the following research funding programs for application details and deadlines. Other funding opportunities in your field of interest may be available, so take the time to search for them.

Please note: Most of the summer application updates and deadlines are posted in early January. 

Research studentships

The application deadlines are now closed. New deadlines will be posted between the end of Dec. 2020 and early Jan. 2021. Most competitions close the first week in February. 


One application for many organizations

Application deadline: Closed for 2020. 

Students can apply for funding to the following four organizations through one online application form.

See the following websites for funding details and when the application opens, go to APPLY NOW  (your username and password will be required).

Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentships

Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)

Alberta Cancer Foundation Summer Studentships

O'Brien Centre Summer Studentships (OCSS)

NSERC student awards

Application deadline: Closed for 2020.

UCalgary administers the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA). The awards support research work experience in natural sciences and engineering. Undergraduates work full-time on a research project for 16 consecutive weeks in an academic term (Fall, Winter or Summer) with a faculty member who holds an active NSERC grant. Subject matter for the project must fall in one or more natural sciences or engineering disciplines and cannot be health sciences related. 

Visit the NSERC page for eligibility criteria and to apply. 

CIHR summer awards

Application deadline: Closed for 2020. 

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has undergraduate summer studentship awards.

These awards provide undergraduate and health professional students with opportunities to undertake health research projects with established investigators in an environment with strong mentorship.

For research areas, eligibility, guidelines and to apply, visit Research Net

Branch Out Neurological Foundation grants

Application deadline: Closed for 2020.

Branch Out Neurological Foundation provides student salaries up to $7,000 and travel up to $1,000

for innovative and high-quality research that explores nutraceuticals, mind-body, personalized medicine and tech as it relates to the nervous system. 

For grant criteria and to apply, visit Branch Out

American Physiological Society (APS) Summer Research Fellowships

Application deadline: Closed for 2020.

Participate in hands-on research in the lab of an established researcher and an APS member for 10 weeks. Explore the nature of research and the scientific process, investigate physiology career options and more.

Who can apply: Full-time undergraduate students with no more than nine calendar months of research experience in a physiology lab, no previous peer reviewed publications and no previous abstracts submitted to national or international meetings. Learn more

For research advice contact knesresearch.ugrad@ucalgary.ca.