Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Funding

Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities

Targeted funding opportunities for undergraduate students include:

  • Head and Heart Program: Aims to open space for Indigenous students to use Indigenous Knowledge systems and language within undergraduate summer research projects across a wide variety of academic disciplines.
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) University Awards: Meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. If you would like to gain research experience in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Indigenous students to apply to this program.
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Experience Awards: Offer companies access to talented natural sciences and engineering students for a work term. The 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.
  • Connections Program: Provides an opportunity for undergraduates in their final year in a faculty of engineering or computer science (possibly in collaboration with students from the business school or other faculties) to undertake a research or problem solving project defined by an industry partner and of specific relevance to the industrial participant's needs. While the program does provide research support, through practical industrial experience, its primary mandate is soft skills development including problem solving, relationship and team building, communications and presentation skills.

Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Funding Opportunities

Targeted funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars include:

Internal Opportunities

  • Academic Joint Fund for Support of Graduate Student Research and Scholarship: Initiated to help support the creation of events that bring external participants to share their research and interact with Western's graduate students.
  • BrainsCAN Graduate Studentship Program: Developed to attract the most promising prospective master’s and doctoral students in cognitive neuroscience. Open to prospective graduate students not enrolled in a graduate program at Western.
  • Western Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, nationally and internationally, who will contribute positively to research excellence at the university and help advance Western's strategic research plan.Western Postdoctoral Fellowship Program:
  • BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Developed to attract promising early career neuroscientists whose innovative work has achieved impact and demonstrated great potential for continued contributions.
  • Medical Innovation Fellowship Program: Immerses highly talented young scientists, engineers and clinicians in training and research environments that build innovation leaders and create novel medical technologies.

External Opportunities