Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) Program

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What is the Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) Program?

The University of Waterloo established the URI as a funding initiative to encourage faculty members to hire undergraduate students to work on research under their supervision. In addition to promoting on-campus student employment and creating new jobs, the URI program exposes students to the world of research early in their academic careers, ensuring that Waterloo continues to produce the researchers, teachers, innovators and leaders of the future.

Which faculty members qualify?

Waterloo faculty members may take advantage of this program.

Which students qualify?

Canadians, permanent residents and international students (with a valid study permit) registered full time in a co-op or regular undergraduate program at Waterloo may qualify. Students must be in good academic standing and registered Waterloo students in the academic term preceding and following employment.

Which positions qualify?

Students hired as Research Assistants, with a job description clearly identifying the job content as research oriented. Students must work full time (37.5 hours per week), and complete the required length of a work term. (See Start, End, and Length of a Work Term)

How much funding will the University provide?

  • Students must receive at least $6,840 for the term (or $1,710 per month).
  • The employer will receive URI funding support towards the student's pay of $1,600 for the term (or $400 per month). Any funding source that has AFF (Accounting Flex Field) associated with the funding can be used to make up the additional $5,240 per term (or $1,310 per month).
  • Funds are limited. Typically applications are initially limited to one URI per faculty member. If there are still funds remaining after a few weeks, the program may be opened up to multiple URI’s per faculty member.
  • Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

I would like to hire. What do I need to do?

Please review the application procedure information below:

  • STEP ONE: Gather the appropriate information prior to the URI application date, you will require the following:
    • Supervisor Info (Name, Contact Info)
    • Admin Assistant Info (Name, Contact Info)
    • Job Information (Job Title, Job Description, Start Date, End Date)
    • If Student already hired (Student Name, ID, Program, Work Term #)
  • STEP TWO: Complete the online application form (click Apply Now below).
  • STEP THREE: After completing the online form, you will receive an e-mail advising you that either your URI funding has been conditionally reserved (if there is funding still available) or denied (if there is no funding remaining).
    • Funding will be reserved for a period of three weeks and will only be finalized upon receipt of confirmation that a student has been successfully hired into the role.
  • STEP FOUR: The job content will be reviewed by a CECA Student Advisor for job content, hours, and length of work term. You will receive email notification if your application is denied based on the job content.
  • STEP FIVE (optional): If you plan to hire a co-op student for the role, this position will then be posted through JobMine in continuous round and will follow the normal employment process.
  • STEP SIX: Once all approvals are confirmed, an e-mail will be sent verifying final approval of the URI funding, along with the required forms the student and department will need to complete for payment purposes.

For more information, contact:

Financial Assistant
Co-operative Education & Career Action
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Tel: 519-888-4567 x31808
uriadmin@uwaterloo.ca

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