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.
- UTEA-NSE: $7,500 ($6,000 provided by the University to be matched by a minimum of $1,500 by the student’s supervisor and/or department). Any supplement above this level may be set at the supervisor’s or department’s discretion.
- UTEA-SSH: $6,000 provided by the University. Any supplement above this level may be set at the supervisor’s or department’s discretion.
Award Duration: 14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and September 30, 2021.
Deadline to apply: March 28, 2021, 11.59pm EST.
Eligibility of Students for a UTEA
• Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term.
• Registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto (and not holding higher degrees in NSE or SSH).
• 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.
• May already hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be studying towards a second bachelor’s degree in NSE or SSH.
• Registered full-time throughout their program, except for the final session, during which they were only required to register part-time in order to complete their degree. The award must be held in the session immediately following their final session.
• Currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., B.Sc.N.). Holds higher degrees in the NSE or SSH.
To hold an award, students must:
- have been registered full-time in the term immediately before holding the award unless only part-time study was required to complete degree requirements;
- not have started a program of graduate studies in NSE or SSH; and
Please also note the following:
- A student may only be nominated in one department under one supervisor, and may not apply to both UTEA-NSE and UTEA-SSH in the same year.
- A student may not concurrently hold a UTEA and a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).
- Preference will normally be given to second and third year students.
- A student may hold only one UTEA per fiscal year (i.e., April 1 to March 31).
- A student may hold a maximum of 3 UTEAs throughout their university career, although priority will be given to applicants who will be first-time holders if selected. Graduating students may hold an award in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program requirements, as long as they have not started a program of graduate studies.
Eligibility of Supervisors
Maximum of 2 UTEA applications per eligible supervisor.
A supervisor must hold an active NSERC or SSHRC research grant (either as the principal investigator or the co-investigator ) at the time their student holds the UTEA award (i.e. May 1 – September 30, 2021) or is actively seeking funding under the eligible NSERC or SSHRC programs as defined in this guideline document. In the latter case, an application must have been submitted to an eligible NSERC or SSHRC program by the supervisor at the time the student applies for a UTEA with the result of the NSERC or SSHRC application pending.
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Eligible NSERC and SSHRC Programs
|NSERC Programs||SSHRC Programs|
|UofT Faculty who hold the following NSERC Research Grants are eligible to supervise students applying for a UTEA-NSE:
Chairs and Faculty Support Programs
UofT Faculty holding only NSERC Research Tools and Instruments, Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chairs or Infrastructure Grants are not eligible
|UofT Faculty who hold any SSHRC grant (with the exception of the grant programs as noted below) are eligible to supervise students applying for a UTEA-SSH.
Research Environment and Fieldwork
It is expected that provisions will be made for alternative supervision of the student during absences of the supervisor, and that any additional costs related to fieldwork (e.g. travel expenses) will be covered by the supervisor or the department.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Toronto recognizes that diversity is essential to the creation of a vibrant intellectual community that allows our researchers and students to maximize their creativity and their contributions. We are strongly committed to diversity in research and especially welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
All Faculties and divisions will ensure all efforts are made to incorporate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles within their selection process.