2018-19 URSP Scholar Itzetl Avila (left) with Graduate Student Mentor Matilde Miranda (right) in Dr. Bill Lowry’s Lab


The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is a three-quarter program that supports students who are conducting advanced life science, physical science, and engineering research projects with a UCLA faculty during the 2021-2022 academic year.

The URSP is open to undergraduates with junior and senior standing only. Junior scholars are eligible to receive scholarships up to $4,500, and senior scholars are eligible to receive scholarships up to $6,000. Applications are accepted in the spring.

Students conducting research projects in the humanities, arts, or social sciences should apply to the URSP administered by the Undergraduate Research Center – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.


  • 3.25 GPA minimum
  • Must have a current life science, physical science, or engineering research project with a UCLA faculty
  • Junior or Senior class-standing at the start of Fall 2021
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2022 or later
  • Cannot have completed the URSP more than two times
  • No citizenship requirement – undocumented and international students are welcome to apply


  • Maintain full-time status throughout the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Conduct your proposed research project during fall, winter, and spring quarters with your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor
  • Enroll in a 99, 196, 198, or 199 research course with your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor for two quarters of the program
  • Complete a departmental honors thesis or a comprehensive research paper by the end of Spring 2022
  • Present your research at Undergraduate Research Week in Spring 2022
  • Compose a thank you letter to the donor(s) who supported your scholarship
  • Complete the post-program survey in Spring 2022


  • Junior scholars qualify for scholarships up to $4,500
  • Senior scholars qualify for scholarships up to $6,000
  • Scholarships are disbursed in three equal payments over the duration of the program
  • *Important Financial Aid Implications: URSP scholarships are awarded through the UCLA Financial Aid Office. If you are receiving financial aid, your package may be adjusted to ensure you do not exceed your financial need or cost of attendance. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you can accept this scholarship. Applicants do not need to qualify for or be receiving financial aid to be eligible for the URSP scholarship.


  • May 15 – June 21, 2021
  • The application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab. Visit the Application page for more information.


A virtual information session will be held on Tuesday, May 11 at 3:00 PM. Registration is required in advance. Visit the Events page for more information.


Alec Hernandez
URSP Program Representative