NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Summer 2023 Program

USRAs are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE). They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields by providing research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting. NSERC encourages qualified Indigenous students to apply for this award. See the Indigenous applicants section below for more details.

Incorporating diversity considerations, including but not limited to sex (biological), gender (socio-cultural), race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, among other factors in your research design can make it more ethically sound, rigorous and useful.

NSERC is acting on the evidence that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). For more information consult the document: Equity, diversity and inclusion considerations at each stage of the research process.

A USRA is held full-time for 14 - 16 weeks and NSERC provides a stipend of $6,000 per award. This is supplemented by the Western USRA supervisor.

Student Eligibility:

Please visit the NSERC USRA overview page for details on student eligibility.

Finding a Supervisor:

Students applying to this program must have their application sponsored by a faculty member from Western’s Psychology Department. These faculty sponsors must have funding available to support the required student stipend, and each faculty supervisor may sponsor one application. 

Undergraduate students wishing to apply to this Program should contact potential supervisors directly in advance of the deadline. Successful applicants in Psychology will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Research potential
  • Expected quality of the training and mentorship to be received

The faculty below have indicated that they are interested in sponsoring applications for Summer 2023. Further details on these researchers and other potential supervisors not listed below can be found here - http://psychology.uwo.ca/people/faculty/fulltime.html.

NSERC USRA Summer 2023 Psychology Faculty Supervisors:

Dr. Daniel Ansari
Dr. Laura Batterink
Dr. Blake Butler
Dr. Paul Frewen
Dr. Jessica Grahn
Dr. Paul Gribble
Dr. Stefan Köhler
Dr. Scott MacDougall-Shackleton
Dr. Ken McRae
Dr. Paul Minda
Dr. Marieke Mur
Dr. Peter Ossenkopp

Application Deadline:

The deadline for applications for the NSERC USRA Summer 2023 Program for the Department of Psychology is Monday, February 6, 2023. Application materials must be submitted electronically to Kim Baxter at kbaxter7@uwo.ca by 4:00 pm on this date.

Application Instructions:

Once a student and faculty supervisor reach agreement on a possible summer project, students must complete an application. In addition to completing the NSERC online application and uploading your transcript you must submit electronic copies of the following documents to Kim Baxter at kbaxter7@uwo.ca by 4:00 pm on Monday, February 6, 2023:

If you have applied for a NSERC USRA previously, you can update the existing form in the NSERC online system.


  • Academic Record - Upload a copy of your most current Academic Record, accurate to December 31, 2022 to the NSERC Online System. Western students can request the Academic Record from Kim Baxter at kbaxter7@uwo.ca. Students from other universities completing a USRA at Western must upload official transcripts, including their university legend.
  • CV or resume outlining prior research experience
  • Consent Form for Access to Student Record Form
  • Stipend Form. (This is to be completed and signed by the faculty supervisor. The only signature required on this Form is that of the faculty supervisor.)

Additional information and resources on the NSERC USRA Program and application process: