Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards (WLIURA)


The UBC Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSI&C) have extended the proposal submission deadline for the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards (WL IURA) to February 4, 2022. The websites and the UBC CareersOnline online form have been updated to reflect the extended deadline.


Designed for International undergraduate students who are interested in research, the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards (WLIURA) subsidizes professors to hire students to work on their research projects. The program provides students with workplace experience through undergraduate research opportunities, particularly for students interested in research as a career. Through the program, professors gain valuable help in furthering their research and supporting students in their learning.

These awards will be subsidized at $6000 per award. The funds will be transferred to the faculty supervisor at the end of the work term in September/October via the Worktag that is used to pay the student’s salary in Workday.

As an update, UBC will not be receiving updates on the BC minimum wage increase until the new year in 2022, so for now UBC will hold off on updating details on minimum wage in the website and WL IURA Appointing Student Information Sheet until this information is made available.

The Faculty of Land & Food Systems has Ten (10) WLIURAs available for 2022.

Program Timeline

  • Call for Research Project Proposals period: November 29, 2021 – February 4, 2022. (Note: Faculty members will need to submit a proposal(s) on UBC CareersOnline. A student can work with a faculty member to submit a proposal together. )
  • The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSI&C) to send all research project proposals pertaining to the Faculty/School by Friday, February 11, 2022.
  • Deadline for Faculty/School offices to submit their list of funded proposals: Friday, February 25, 2022.
  • CSI&C will send funding decisions to faculty members by Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
  • For faculty members who have not indicated an internal candidate for their position(s), it will be posted on UBC CareersOnline for students to apply from March 7 – 20, 2022.

Important reference documents and resources

LFS selection criteria

  • 50% Outline of Research Project
  • 50% Description Student Role and Skills Gained

Potential supervisors should aim to select candidates who meet the academic eligibility criteria for the NSERC USRA (i.e. a B- average over previous years of study).

LFS review process

LFS (Associate Dean of Research in consultation with other faculty members) will review the WL IURA research project proposals and rank them using the above selection criteria. A list of chosen projects (the ‘A’ list) will be forwarded to the UBC Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSI&C) by March 1, 2021. At the same time, a ‘B-list’ of projects who meet the basic eligibility criteria will also be forwarded in the event that more funding become available or an A-list research project fails to recruit an eligible student.

Have a question?

Please contact LFS Undergraduate Student Research Awards lfs.nserc-usra@ubc.ca if you have any questions.