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


One application for many organizations

Application deadline: Closed 

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).

Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)

Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

O'Brien Centre Summer Studentships (OCSS)

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentships

Canadian Organization for Undergraduate Health Research (COUHR)

Application deadline: Closed 

The COUHR summer research program pairs students from traditionally marginalized communities (First Nation, Metis, Immigrant, Refugee, Low Income) with senior researchers to conduct an 8-16 week long health-related research project. The program is open to all undergrad students, but priority is given to those of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Workshops are also provided in areas such as constructing and analyzing scientific manuscripts, financial literacy, scholarship and biochemical lab techniques. 

or more information, please visit www.couhr.org or contact calgary@couhr.org

NSERC student awards

Application deadline: Closed

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

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

Calgary Lab Services summer studentship

A limited number of undergraduate summer research studentships are available to students with exceptional academic performance. This is an opportunity to participate in medical/health research in Calgary from May to August. The program is to encourage students to consider formal training and a career in medical/health research, Learn more

Branch Out Neurological Foundation grants

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

The Endocrine Society Fellowships

The Endocrine Society has summer research fellowships available to encourage undergraduates to pursue careers in endocrinology. Stipends are provided to each award recipient to participate in research projects under the guidance of a Society member for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer.

For application requirements and to apply, visit the Endocrine Society

Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada has fellowships, studentship awards and summer studentships available. They invest in the best research to make progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis. 

For deadlines and to apply, visit Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

American Physiological Society (APS) Summer Research Fellowships

Application deadline: February 1, 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.