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Undergraduate Student Research Funding Opportunities

This page outlines the various scholarships, awards and funding available to undergraduate students who wish to pursue research or present their research findings.

Other Awards Offered through Financial Aid and Awards

Open to All Students

Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award

Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award recognizes outstanding research in any of the following: independent research supervised by a faculty member; an independent project undertaken for credit, e.g. under the 491 code; research undertaken as a Work-Opportunities student; financially supported or pro bono research as part of a faculty member’s project, or any other similar project. The Award is targeted to a student who intends to pursue post-graduate studies, and who will be entering her/his last two semesters of their programme. For full instructions on how to apply for funding please visit the Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award web page.

Student Travel and Conference Fund and the Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund

This award is available to students who are seeking financial support to participate in conferences, workshops and colloquia related to their studies at VIU. For full instructions on how to apply for funding please visit VIU's Student Travel and Conference Fund and the Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund web page.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects abroad. A $5,000 research award to the Canadian supervisor to support student travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and student stipend. Open to all disciplines. For joint projects with academic collaborators over 12-24 weeks abroad. Partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico. For full instructions on how to apply for funding please visit the Mitacs Globalink Research Award web site .

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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships - Internships for Canadian Undergraduates

VIU's Building Resilience in Coastal Communities (BRiCC) program will be offering 24 internship and scholarship positions for VIU students from 2016 to 2018. The internships will be conducted in the workplaces of our partners in Belize. For more information please visit the VIU Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship web page.

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Milner Gardens & Woodland Undergraduate Research Award

The Milner Gardens & Woodland Undergraduate Research Awards are intended to foster student research at Milner Gardens & Woodland. The project may be primarily student driven or one that is associated with a faculty member’s research program. For instructions on how to apply for this award please visit VIU's Milner Gardens & Woodland Undergraduate Research Award funding opportunity web page.

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Health Research

Hannah Summer Studentship Award

A Hannah Summer Studentship Award gives students the opportunity to study and learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history. For information, please visit Canadian Society for History of Medicine Hannah Summer Studentship Award link.

Science Research

NSERC Experience Award

NSERC's Experience Awards offer companies access to talented natural sciences and engineering undergraduate students for a work term. This cost-shared program allows students to address company-specific R&D challenges while gaining valuable industrial experience. Experience Awards also let companies identify potential future full-time employees. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit NSERC's Experience Award web page.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

USRA awards are granted to students to enable them to work on a research project with an NSERC research-funded faculty member. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit VIU's NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) web page.

Social Sciences and Humanities

SSHRC Research for a Better Life: Storytellers Award

SSHRC is challenging postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity. We’re looking for storytellers and data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers.Send SSHRC your pitch communicating a great SSHRC-funded research project happening at your institution. The featured research project or initiative must be funded by SSHRC (e.g. students may be working with a SSHRC funded researcher at VIU). For information on how to apply see the SSHRC Research for a Better Life: Storytellers Award web site.

Other Awards Offered through Financial Aid & Awards

See VIU's Financial Aid & Awards web site for other types of funding.


Updated: September 24, 2016