Summer Student Research Funding

There are several sources of funds to support undergraduate summer research. Please read all of the information below before you apply for an award: 



Please note:

All undergraduate students performing summer research in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are required to register in the SURE Program .

  • Be prepared and plan ahead! Most applications require original transcripts and letters of reference;
  • Follow ALL instructions. It is the responsibility of the applicant and supervisor to ensure completeness (incomplete applications will be returned);
  • Each agency has its own priority areas for funding and application formats. If your projects relate to more than one agency, we suggest that you submit your proposals to all that apply.
  • Students are responsible for being aware of the deadlines of all agencies they are applying to.
  • Any applications that require an institutional-level signature must be submitted to the Research Office at, AT LEAST 6 business days BEFORE the agency deadline. 


A single application is used for the following awards: 

How to Apply

To apply for these undergraduate research awards, please use the UCalgary Consolidated Application System. Award eligibility is automatically determined at the time of application, based on the qualifications of the applicant. Applicants will be considered for all awards for which they meet the criteria. However, only ONE offer of award will be made to each successful applicant.

Each University of Calgary supervisor is limited to supporting a maximum of TWO student applications in the consolidated application system.

NOTE: This limit does not apply for NSERC USRA or external organizations that do not use the consolidated application system.


Student applications are due by 4:00 pm (MST) on February 4, 2022

Supervisor reviews/applications are due by 4:00 pm (MST) on February 11, 2022

Please contact with any questions or for further information.

External Awards

The NSERC USRA provides support for research work experience in the natural sciences and engineering. This award is quota based with limited number of awards available. Students and supervisors apply for a USRA by completing Form 202 – USRA in the NSERC Research Portal. Due to the limited number of awards, supervisors will be limited to TWO awards during the competition. More information can be found here.


  • Student Deadline: 4:00 pm (MST), February 4, 2022
  • Supervisor Deadline: 4:00 pm (MST), February 11, 2022

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation seeks to raise funds for the treatment and research of neurological diseases through the use of more natural and holistic approaches. Students selected for funding will receive $7,000 for salary for May-August (supervisor must contribute 40% ($2,800). Further details and access to the online application system are available here

Deadline:  January 14, 2022

For more information about the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program click here