The 2021 IUSRS program will run from May 3rd to June 25th, 2021 in a virtual format due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Indigenous undergraduate students from universities across Canada are invited to apply for the eight-week undergraduate research program at McMaster University, known as the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars (IUSRS) program.

Do you have an interest in academic research? Would you like to find out more about going to graduate school? Already thinking of a master’s degree after your undergrad? If you belong to an Indigenous community (including urban-based), consider joining the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars Program!

The IUSRS program – entering its seventh year – brings together a cohort of Indigenous undergraduate students with an interest in hands-on academic research, and matches each student with a faculty professor at McMaster University. Over the course of eight weeks, students will either work on an independent research project or contribute to one already under way, working as part of a research team.  Additionally, students will participate in community-based, Indigenous-focused events and activities as well as grad-school prep workshops.

IUSR scholars receive a $5,000 research scholarship intended to support the student financially while they complete their research during the program. There is no cost to participate.  

Indigenous students currently registered in the third or fourth year of an undergraduate program at any Canadian University are eligible to apply. Indigenous scholars who have recently obtained an undergraduate degree and are considering graduate school are also eligible to apply.

Each year, students have been placed with faculty members from all faculties in the university.   A cohort of up to 4 students is expected to participate in a project entitled: Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research. 

Suitability for acceptance into the program also depends on the availability of a faculty supervisor to match with the student’s interests.


Acceptance to the program is competitive.

The deadline to apply: March 5th by 5 p.m.

Questions should be emailed to