The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is a three-quarter scholarship program that supports students who are conducting a life science, physical science, or engineering research project with a UCLA faculty during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The URSP is open to undergraduates who will have junior and senior standing in the fall. Juniors are eligible to receive scholarships up to $4,500, and seniors are eligible to receive scholarships up to $6,000. Applications are accepted in the spring.

Students conducting 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 2022
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2023 or later
  • Cannot have completed the URSP more than two times
  • No citizenship requirement – undocumented and international students are eligible to apply


  • Maintain full-time status throughout the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Conduct your proposed research project during fall, winter, and spring quarters with your UCLA faculty mentor
  • Enroll in a 99, 196, 198, or 199 research course with your UCLA faculty mentor for two quarters of the program
  • Complete a departmental honors thesis or a comprehensive research paper by the end of Spring 2023
  • Present your research at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase in Spring 2023
  • Submit a thank you letter to the donor(s) who supported your scholarship
  • Complete the exit survey in Spring 2023


  • Juniors qualify for scholarships up to $4,500
  • Seniors qualify for scholarships up to $6,000
  • Scholarships are disbursed in three equal payments throughout the duration of the program
  • *Important Financial Aid Implications: URSP scholarships are paid through the UCLA Financial Aid Office. If you are receiving financial aid, your package may be adjusted so 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 20, 2022
  • The application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab. Visit the Application page for more information.


Alec Hernandez
Program Representative