- Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are intended to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage undergraduate students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support. The award is for a period during the summer of 16 consecutive weeks, on a full-time basis.
To be eligible to apply for an award you must: be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada; be registered in a Bachelor’s degree program at an eligible university; and have obtained over the previous years of university study a cumulative average of at least “B-” (7 out of 12 ; 70%). Check for full eligibility details on the link below.
- Students interested in taking advantage of this paid research program during the summer must first approach a professor with whom they would like to do research with. The research should be discussed, and the professor would have to agree to “hire” the student. Once an agreement has been reached, the student then begins the application process. Students apply to the department that the supervising professor is affiliated with (not necessarily the department that the student is in). Only ONE application can be submitted.
- Transcripts: for application purposes, order an unofficial transcript from all of the universities that you have obtained credit from, and have them sent to you. McMaster transcripts can be ordered through the Office of the Registrar link here – for other universities (where you may have taken a course on a Letter of Permission for credit here) please refer to the website of that university’s Office of the Registrar. Please ensure that all grades from your most recent Term are showing on these transcripts prior to ordering. If a grade is not showing up, please follow it up with the instructor immediately and contact the ECE Department office.
- Complete your application using NSERC’s On-line System. Submit your transcript/s by way of a pdf copy of what was sent to you.
- After submitting your application to NSERC, ensure that the professor submits their part (“Part 2”) !
- Forward a pdf copy of your complete application package (form Part 1 & Part 2 and a pdf copy of your transcript/s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your complete application package must be submitted by 4:00pm on February 4, 2022. NO exceptions. By this time your on-line application must show the status of “Complete”.
- Offers will go out the week of February 21, 2022 with a deadline for response. After the responses are received, if any offers are declined we move to the Wait List with offers.
- Students who receive an offer will have to then obtain Official transcripts from all universities where they have earned credit, to submit with their acceptance, for verification. At that point, a copy of the transcript legend/Numeric Grading System (as provided on the reverse side of the official transcripts) must be submitted with the transcripts.
- Further, complete information
- Dean’s Excellence Summer Experience Award holders are encouraged to also apply for this NSERC USRA
- Helpful notes regarding the submission of your NSERC “Part 1” on-line:
- Once the application is created and you are logging in again, the “My Portfolio” screen shows your account and it’s progress.
- Scan and upload your transcripts in 1 single file (portrait, black & white)
- Awards you’ve obtained should include any previous USRA, and can include non-competitive academic awards such as scholarship money for all students entering a particular program, and non-acedemic awards such as Volunteer of the Year.
- To continue = Edit
- To check the completeness = Verify
- To see what is missing or needs corrections = Verification Report
- To view or print = Preview
- Once Part 1 modules are all completed, go back to the My Portfolio page and select Verify. You will be given a Reference Number – this is not a PIN number. Provide that number to the professor (do not give your User ID or Password to the professor), so the professor can then complete Part 2.
- After the professor has submitted their part, your status will show as “Complete”. He/she can provide you with a copy of their completed Part 2 form, or they can provide a copy to the ECE Department before the deadline. It is your responsibility to make sure both Parts of the application, plus your transcript/s, is submitted to the ECE Department before the deadline.
Due Date: February 4, 2022
- Financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing Masters studies in 2023/24 academic year.
The deadline to apply is TBD. There are no extensions granted by the Agency.
Scholarships will be awarded in April 2023, and are only tenable at the university who offered the award.
Eligible applicants for CGS-M who choose McMaster as one of their institutions will be automatically considered for a McMaster OGS award.
- This is a Provincial award with a McMaster internal process.
- Applicants to the CGS M Program must complete their application using the Research Portal. There is one application form for all three agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR); this year it is being hosted on the NSERC Research Portal.
- Deadline to apply on the NSERC portal is Monday, October 2, 2023 at 11:59pm.
- Official transcripts from both Graduate and Undergraduate degrees must be submitted, and must be up to date. Order your transcripts early to ensure you meet the NSERC scholarship submission deadline.
- Please note: the applicant is now responsible for uploading their transcript(s) to the NSERC portal
Due Date: October 2, 2023
- The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program attracts and retains world-class doctoral students and helps establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.
- The objective of the Vanier CGS Doctoral Scholarships program:
- To attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.
- Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
- Award winners are selected according to criteria with a higher level of achievement than a typical doctoral scholarship. A two-stage internal review process is in place at McMaster to help identify the strongest applications and to select the most competitive candidates in each mandate area of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.
- For more information, and to create your account on ResearchNet for the on-line Vanier CGS Doctoral Scholarship application, please refer to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) – Doctoral Scholarship website and the Graduate Studies page for the application process, checklists, etc.
- IMPORTANT: Before beginning your application, please read ALL instructions as there are many updates and new procedures this year.
- Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 10:00 am. Stage 1 Letter of Intent (LOI) package is due to SGS.
- Thursday, October 8, 2020, 10:00 am. Stage 2 endorsed candidate applications are due to SGS.
- Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 11:59 pm McMaster INTERNAL RESEARCHNET DEADLINE (FOR STUDENTS):
Stage 2 endorsed candidates will submit a complete application on ResearchNet.
- Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (8:00 pm Eastern Time) Vanier Deadline McMaster must
forward their selected nominations to the Vanier CGS program