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NSERC Student Ambassadors

In 2018, NSERC launched a five-year pilot initiative intended to support the promotion of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) to Canadian youth by Canadian youth. This will engage youth directly in becoming mentors and role models for other youth in order to help foster a science and engineering culture in Canada.

The purpose of the NSERC Student Ambassadors grant is to encourage post-secondary students and fellows to share their science and engineering experience with youth from groups that are under-represented in STEM.


To be eligible, at the time you submit your application you must:

  • be registered in a Canadian university, polytechnic, college, or CEGEP in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) or have been registered last term and planning to return next term to one of those institutions for studies in the NSE or be a postdoctoral fellow in the NSE at a Canadian university;
  • be at least 16 years of age;
  • hold a valid bank account with an institution legally entitled to operate in Canada.

Employees of NSERC and members of their immediate families are ineligible to apply.

Value of grant

The value of the grant is $1,000. You may hold only one NSERC Student Ambassador grant per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).


  • The outreach activity must promote science and engineering to youth in elementary school, high school, or the first year of college in Quebec;
  • The outreach activity must focus on promoting science and engineering to under-represented groups (e.g. girls, Indigenous youth, youth in rural and remote areas, other groups targeted based on gender, ethnicity, language, geographical location or economic status);
  • The outreach activity must be organized independently by you (the use of resources or materials developed by other organizations is permitted);
  • NSERC must be acknowledged in the outreach activity;
  • The results of the outreach activity must be shared publicly (e.g. online, social media) and reported back to NSERC.

What expenses are covered by the grant?

The grant will cover costs associated with the proposed science and engineering promotion outreach activity. These include and are limited to costs incurred for:

  • travel (air, rail, car rental, taxi, etc.) to the venue;
  • accommodation (hotel, etc.);
  • meals;
  • material and supplies needed for demonstrations or experiments;
  • hosting the event (refreshments, renting of facility, audio-visual equipment, etc.);
  • promotion of the event (photocopying, faxes, etc.).

How to apply

Applicants must submit a completed NSERC Student Ambassadors Application Form electronically using the This link will take you to another Web site Secure Submissions Site for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs. The application must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) and must adhere to the General Presentation Guidelines.

Application deadline

There are no fixed deadlines for this grant. Applications must be submitted at least two months before the start of a proposed outreach activity.

Notification of decision

NSERC will notify you of the result at the email address given on the application, within one month. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds for the fiscal year are expended.

For more information, or any questions about the initiative or the application process, contact us at