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:

  • (NEW) - 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.

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.

Program Guide & Resources

Please review the program guide for detailed information about student and supervisor eligibility, award conditions, adjudication criteria, and application instructions. 

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

Please note, the adjudication criteria have recently changed (as of Fall 2018). Please carefully review the Program Guide and Rubric prior to submitting your application. Previous applicants, please be aware that some questions and word limits in the application form have also changed. Please revise your application accordingly prior to submission.  

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. 


The application period for Summer 2019 has now closed. Applicants will be notified of their application status by early April.  Information about the Fall 2019 application cycle will be posted in September.