Application Process

Application guidelines and deadlines

It is only necessary to submit an application if you are applying for funding from UROP. To “apply” to work with a specific professor, please contact that professor directly. If you are interested in conducting research for credit, contact your major department.


Two separate online components are required to apply for UROP funding:

  1. Student application
  2. Recommendation letter from the research mentor

Your application will be evaluated by several professors, and not all of them will be experts in your field. It’s important that you write your application in general terms and explain technical details. You should discuss your proposal extensively with your research mentor. It’s also a good idea to ask a friend who is unfamiliar with your proposed research to review the application and highlight areas of confusion.

The UROP staff is available to provide feedback and suggestions; contact our office to request an application review. (No reviews will be conducted the day before the deadline.) Remember, your research mentor should be your primary source of advice.


These sections must be completed on all applications:

  • Applicant information
  • Project title
  • Project description and goals
  • Project significance
  • Methodology
  • Timeline
  • Background experience
  • Bibliography
  • Funds requested
  • Safety training

Complete the following sections only if they apply to your project:

  • Appendix (i.e., graphs, charts, data sheets)—Do not use this section to continue text from any other section. There’s no guarantee that the appendix will be read by the reviewers. The appendix is limited to two pages.
  • Request for continued funding—Complete this section if you have previously received UROP funding, even if you are changing projects with the same mentor or changing to a new mentor.
  • Supplies Award budget (if applying for supplies)
  • Curriculum vitae (if applying for the Riemen Prize)
  • Any application for research involving human or animal subjects must include a copy of the IRB or IACUC approval letter (the complete protocol is not necessary). Only submit relevant pages; this section is limited to two pages.

Note The first page of the UROP application includes optional, anonymous questions regarding GPA and ethnic background. This information is used only for statistical purposes within the UROP office, and is not seen by the review committee. Thus, this information does not impact the rating of your application. We use these data to evaluate trends in UROP participation. We are also asked to report some of these data to granting agencies when we seek additional funds to support UROP programs.

Note If more than one student in a given faculty member’s research group is applying for UROP funds to work on a closely related project, each student must complete his or her own application addressing both the project as a whole and his or her individual contribution to that work. If both students will be working on the same project, each application must make this clear and describe the individual applicant’s role in the project. You may not submit identical or near identical applications.


Application Forms

Due to the large volume of applications and our processing requirements, UROP deadlines are strict. Late applications must be approved by UROP staff in advance.

Standard UROP Application Form

Applications for travel for conference participation or research-related purposes are accepted on a rolling basis.

UROP Travel Application

Submission Deadlines

Learn when applications for the 2016–2017 UROP program are due.