University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA)

NSERC - UTEA (2 award)

DEPARTMENTAL DEADLINE: Friday, March 18, 2022

Please submit to application to
2022 UTEA Application_0.doc

Purpose: To provide opportunities for research experience at the undergraduate level in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE) or Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH); to augment the formal research courses offered by the University of Toronto; to give undergraduate students opportunities to experience different approaches to research in various fields; to help students learn and appreciate the investigative methodology of areas of particular interest; and, to provide students with an experience that will allow them to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in research.

Award Value: UTEA-NSE: $7,500 ($5,250 is provided by the University, and must be matched by a minimum of $2,250 from the student’s supervisor or the academic unit. Any supplement above this level may be set at the supervisor's or department's discretion.

Eligibility of Faculty Supervisors: Maximum of 2 UTEA awards per faculty supervisor, per year.

  • A supervisor must hold an active NSERC or SSHRC research grant (either as principal investigator or co-investigator) at the start date of the UTEA (May 1st) or have a pending application.

Application Forms: Part 1 (student) and 2 (supervisor) 2022 UTEA Application.doc

Award Duration: 14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and September 30, 2022.

Eligibility of Students

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term.

  • Registered in a bachelor's degree program at the University of Toronto either as: a) a full-time student, or b) as a part-time student only if it is the student's final session and part-time classes are all that's required to complete the degree.

  • Students must be registered either at the time of application, or in the term immediately before holding the award. So graduating students may hold an award in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program, as long as they have not started a graduate program.

  • Must have obtained a cumulative average of "B+" or higher. For students in higher years, this average can be applied to the best two years of study.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., B.Sc.N.). Holds higher degree in the NSE or SSH.

  • Enrolled in graduate studies.

  • be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the NSE or SSH under the direction of an eligible supervisor during the award tenure.

Please note: a student may only apply for one UTEA opportunity per year; a student may not concurrently hold a UTEA and a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA); Preference will be given to second- and third-year students; a student may hold a maximum of 3 UTEAs throughout their university career with priority given to first-time applicants.

Activity Report: It is the responsibility of the student to submit a Research Report no later than October 1, 2022 to Shanna Pritchard ( Research Funding Officer. The report template will be distributed with the UTEA award letters.