Funding

Stipends, Supplies, and Travel Awards

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

Research projects may be done on a volunteer basis or for academic credit. 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 grants, 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 three 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 Grants: reimbursement for research- or conference-related travel expenses

Stipend Awards

Student Research Award (SRA): full amount provided by UROP
Fall or Spring Semester: Up to $1,500 for 15 hours per week
Summer: $4,200 for 35–40 hours per week for a 10-week program (students taking classes during the summer can only apply for up to $2,100)

Faculty Matching Grants (FMG): half provided by UROP, half by faculty mentor
Fall or Spring Semester: Up to $1,500 for 15 hours per week
Summer: $4,200 for 35–40 hours per week for a 10-week program (students taking classes during the summer can only apply for up to $2,100)

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

  • 5 hours = $500
  • 8 hours = $800
  • 10 hours = $1,000
  • 12 hours = $1,200
  • 15 hours = $1,500

Supplies Award

Supply funding: full amount provided by UROP
Fall or Spring Semester: Typically not more than $500
Summer Semester: Typically not more than $500

Travel Grants

Research-Related Travel Award: full amount provided by UROP
Fall or Spring Semester: Typically not more than $400
Summer Semester: Typically not more than $400

Conference Participation Travel Award: full amount provided by UROP
Fall or Spring Semester: Typically not more than $500
Summer Semester: Typically not more than $500

Find more information about applying for these awards.