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NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Check back later for this year’s deadline, usually mid-February. Information on last year’s competition can be found here. Recent examples of summer NSERC student work have involved projects related to assessment of the impact of stressors and toxins upon the brain, as well as exploration of genetic and cellular mechanisms of obesity, memory and neuronal regeneration. In addition to receiving funds (~$4,000-$6,000) to support living expenses, students acquire cutting edge new skills that will be invaluable for individuals wishing to pursue graduate studies or a range of science based occupations.


The Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (CUREUS) is an initiative that supports students in conducting research with a faculty supervisor. Students can undertake research through the Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS) where they can receive up to $2250 for their faculty-supervised research. Click here for more details and how to apply.

Other Awards

Undergraduate students admitted to Carleton with a grade point average of at least 80 percent will automatically be considered for a renewable entrance scholarship. These typically are between $4,000-$16,000 in amount. In addition, there are prestige scholarships awarded to outstanding students; these are the highest undergraduate awards and include, Chancellor’s Scholarships, Richard Lewar Entrance Scholarships, Carleton University Scholarships of Excellence and Carleton University Shad Valley Scholarships of Excellence. For all prestige scholarships, you’ll need an admission average of 90 percent or better. These highly competitive scholarships range in amount from $20,000-$30,000 or could involve waiving tuition.

Conference Support

For students presenting at a conference or actively involved in an event related to their degree, funding is available from the Faculty of Science. Students should submit their request in writing to the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Affairs) briefly outlining the cost required, what it covers and how participation is related to their degree. Funding is provided post-event and requires submission of receipts.

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