Undergraduate Research Initiative

Apply for Funding

Once you’ve found a research project and supervisor, the next step is often to apply for funding. You may need funding so that you can be paid a stipend or salary for your time, or to help cover expenses related to your project.

In some cases, your supervisor may have funding available to support you and your project. Even so, you may be encouraged to apply for other sources of funding, as this is an excellent way to gain experience writing a research proposal. If you are successful, it will make a great addition to your CV.

URI administered funding programs

URI Undergraduate Research Stipend

The URI Undergraduate Researcher Stipend provides $5000 for undergraduate students to engage in a mentored, interdisciplinary research project over 4-12 months. Open to undergraduate students in any year and any discipline.

Next deadline: February 28, 2018, for projects beginning in May or September 2018

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URI Undergraduate Research Support Fund 

The Undergraduate Research Support Fund provides one-time reimbursement of up to $500 to help offset direct costs of undergraduate research and related activities. Faculty, staff and students are all eligible to apply to the URI Support Fund.

Next deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis — please apply at least 4 weeks prior to incurring your expenses.

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Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Summer Studentship

The Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Summer Studentship program provides funding to support students engaging in medical and health sciences research during the summer months (May-August). As of January 2016, the Undergraduate Research Initiative administers the AIHS Summer Studentship program at the University of Alberta.

Next deadline: February 5, 2018 for projects beginning May 2018

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Campus as a Living Lab 

The URI has a partnership with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities & Operations to offer targeted Stipends for research relating to campus sustainability. Students may apply for Campus as a Living Lab funding through the URI Stipend.

Next deadline: February 28, 2018, for projects beginning in May or September 2018

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Other funding programs

The listings below include internal and external funding programs that support co-curricular undergraduate research activities. This list is not comprehensive. Chances are, your supervisor will also have some ideas about what funding programs you may be eligible for. Ask your supervisor for their suggestions about what programs to consider, and where else to look for funding in your research area.

Deadlines are set by the granting agencies and may change from year to year. In addition, some faculties/departments set their own internal deadlines, which are earlier than those provided by the granting agencies. This list is therefore intended only as a guide; applicants should confirm the deadlines with their faculty/department and the appropriate funding agency before applying.