Funding

Stipends, Supplies, Travel and Housing Awards

Students interested in engaging in a research project should contact the faculty member directly. After you decide you’d like to work together, you have several options:

Research projects may be done on a volunteer basis, for academic credit, or for pay. If you are not earning academic credit, you can be paid for your research work. If so, the work may be funded entirely by your mentor, or arranged as a work-study position. If none of those options is available, UROP provides research stipends, on a competitive basis, each semester and summer.

Funding Eligibility

Any undergraduate student enrolled full-time at Boston University is eligible to apply for UROP funding. All projects must be conducted under the supervision of a BU faculty member. A student may not simultaneously receive academic credit and a UROP stipend award for their research.

Types of Funding

There are five types of UROP Awards:

  • Stipend Awards: paid directly to the student as taxable income
  • Supplies Awards: provided to the mentor’s department to cover project supplies
  • Travel Awards: reimbursement for research- or conference-related travel expenses
  • Housing Awards: $1000 toward summer housing, 10 awards available for students with the greatest financial need
  • Cross College Award: stipend and supplies support for 2-4 students conducting research as a team

Stipend Awards

Student Research Award (SRA): full amount provided by UROP
Fall or Spring Semester: Up to $1,650 for 15 hours per week
Summer: $4,400 for 40 hours per week for a 10-week program (students taking classes during the summer can only apply for $2,200 for 20 hours per week)

Faculty Matching Grants (FMG): half provided by UROP, half by the faculty mentor
Fall or Spring Semester: Up to $1,650 for 15 hours per week
Summer: $4,400 for 40 hours per week for a 10-week program (students taking classes during the summer can only apply for $2,200 for 20 hours per week)

Students may apply for different stipend amounts based on the approximate number of hours to be worked per week:

Fall or Spring Semester:

  • 5 hours = $550
  • 8 hours = $880
  • 10 hours = $1,100
  • 12 hours = $1,320
  • 15 hours = $1,650

Summer:

  • 20 hours = $2,200
  • 40 hours = $4,400

Notes on Stipend Working Hours Stipulations

  • UROP stipend payments are paid as weekly salaried payments through Student Employment.
  •  Students are not eligible to work more than 20 hours/week during the academic year and 40 hours/week during the summer across on-campus jobs.
  • Students cannot receive double payment for working the same job. For example, if you work 10 hours/week during the academic year for a UROP stipend, you cannot be paid with work-study or departmental funds for the same 10 hours. However, if you work 10 hours/week during the academic year for a UROP stipend and an additional 10 hours on another job or on the same research project, you may be eligible to receive payment from work-study funding or departmental for the additional hours worked under the hourly guidelines listed above.
  •  All non-UROP funding sources used to support your research project need to be discussed with your mentor.

Supplies Awards

Awards, typically no more than $500, are fully funded by UROP. These awards are granted each funding period.

Travel Awards

Research-Related Travel Awards, typically no more than $500, are fully funded by UROP. These awards are granted on a rolling basis.

Conference Participation Travel Awards, typically no more than $500, are fully funded by UROP. These awards are granted on a rolling basis.

Housing Awards

Beginning in summer 2017, we will provide up to 10 awards of $1,000 each to off-set the cost of summer housing for UROP participants. To apply, you must indicate your interest in the regular summer UROP application. Only students working 40 hours/week are eligible to apply. Funding is granted to students solely based on financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Cross College Award

This summer we are offering a new award to support team-based research projects made up of students from different colleges. Awards will be granted to the group, not to individual students. For specific details on this Cross-College award, please visit: http://www.bu.edu/urop/apply/special-awards/cross-college-award/ 

Find more information about applying for these awards.