Undergraduate Research Initiative

URI Undergraduate Researcher Stipend

The Undergraduate Researcher Stipend enables undergraduate students to carry out mentored, interdisciplinary research projects and creative works activities. The URI stipend allows undergraduate students in any year and any discipline to enrich their university experience through hands-on discovery and skill development in a research intensive university.

Targeted funding is also available for projects meeting the following criteria:

  • projects undertaken by women, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) students, or students with disabilities, and supervised by a researcher affiliated with Future Energy Systems
  • projects advancing campus sustainability (see the Campus as a Living Lab program for more details).
  • projects supervised by faculty members who are current Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant holders. 
  • projects involving students or supervisors affiliated with the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES), and aligning with ALES research themes. 
  • projects undertaken by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) students. 

These funding partnerships provide a mechanism for students to be considered for funding from various sources through a single application and adjudication process. Proposals for targeted funds are subject to the same adjudication process as general URI Stipend proposals, and are not treated preferentially. Proposals that do not meet the criteria for targeted funding are welcome and encouraged. Note: the number of targeted awards will vary depending on the availability of funding for each application cycle.

New in 2019: Targeted funding for eligible students working with Future Energy Systems

The URI is pleased to announce a new partnership with Future Energy Systems (FES), to provide targeted funding for eligible students to work with FES researchers. FES focuses on multidisciplinary research that develops the energy technologies of the near future, integrates them into today’s infrastructure, and examines possible consequences for our society, economy, and environment. 

In support of FES’ goals to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in research, FES is sponsoring targeted Stipends for the following groups:

  • Women
  • Students with disabilities
  • First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) students

To be eligible for FES sponsored URI Stipends, applicants must self-identify with one or more of these groups, and have a primary supervisor who is, or is directly affiliated with, a FES Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI (e.g. graduate student, technical staff, post-doctoral fellow, etc.).  The proposed project must align with the scope of the supervisor’s FES funded project. Students and supervisors must also meet the basic eligibility requirements for the URI Stipend.

New in 2019: APIRG Research Dissemination Grant

Interested in social justice research? The Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) supports student- and community-based research, education and social activism. We are pleased to announce that students completing a URI Stipend-funded research project in an area aligned with APIRG's mandate may be eligible for a new APIRG Research Dissemination grant, to support sharing of your research with academic and non-academic audiences, using a community-based approach. The APIRG Research Dissemination Grant is administered separately from the URI Stipend, and requires a separate application after your URI Stipend-funded research is underway.  For more information about the APIRG Research Dissemination Grant, please visit the APIRG website.

Program Guide & Resources

Please review the program guide for detailed information about student and supervisor eligibility, award conditions, adjudication criteria, and application instructions. If you have any difficulty accessing the documents via the links below, please contact the URI office (uri@ualberta.ca). 

Applications are accepted in English or French.  Please submit only ONE application in your language of choice. 

Please carefully review the Program Guide and Rubric prior to submitting your application, to ensure your application meets the criteria.  

How to apply

The URI Stipend application must be submitted online. Paper or email application forms will not be accepted. We recommend that students and supervisors complete the application using the offline template provided, then students should submit the final, completed version through the Google Form. 

Submit Your Application (English) Submit Your Application (French)


The application cycle for projects beginning in Winter 2020 is now closed.  Applicants will be informed for their status by the end of November. 

Application materials for the next cycle will be posted in January 2020.  The next deadline for applications will be Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 11:59p.m. for projects beginning in May or September 2020.