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 and end in February. 

Research studentships

One application for many organizations

Application deadline: Now closed. 

You can now apply for funding to many organizations through one online application form.

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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Application deadline: Now closed. 

UCalgary administers the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA). The awards support research 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. Projects must fall in one or more natural sciences or engineering disciplines (cannot be health sciences related). 

Visit the NSERC page for eligibility criteria and to apply. 

Branch Out Neurological Foundation grants

Application deadline: Now closed. 

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: Now closed. 

Participate in hands-on research in the lab of an established researcher and 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

Mitacs Accelerate

Application Deadline: Anytime

Put your skills to work by applying for a paid internship at an organization that needs your expertise. Learn more

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