Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program (USRI)

The Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRIs) provide undergraduate students with engaged research experiences under the mentorship of a faculty member and are intended to stimulate undergraduate students’ interest in research through direct exposure and hands-on experiences conducting research. Through participation in this program, students gain valuable and high-impact research, technical and professional skills that will help support academic and career development towards their future professional goals. Faculty mentors benefit from meaningful engagement, assistance towards their research program and can use the opportunity to further a diverse HQP training environment.

USRIs are valued at a minimum of $8,680 for a 16-week term May through August 2023. Western will contribute $6,944 toward each Summer Internship, with a required minimum match of $1,736 from the supervisor, department, Institute, and/or Faculty.


Students must have been enrolled at Western in an undergraduate program in Winter 2023 and should be planning to attend Western in Fall 2023.

Preference will be given to students entering their fourth year of study in Fall 2023, and to applications from under-represented, econically disadvantaged and first-generation students. 


Social Science applications will be accepted from two streams:

Matched Stream

Students and supervisors who wish to work together on a research project apply together.

Unmatched Stream

Students apply individually. The department will match the student to a suitable supervisor and project based on mutual interests.

Applications must include:
  1. Faculty of Social Science USRI Application Form 
  2. Unofficial transcript


Students must submit their completed application to Kylie Willis (kwill97@uwo.ca) by March 31st at 4pm.