The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is directed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and administered by the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
The URSP scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors who have a strong commitment to research and who are completing a comprehensive independent research project or a departmental honors thesis. A comprehensive independent research project is an upper-division research project associated with enrollment in a departmental 199, 198, or 196 research course for 3 quarters. This project must be completed under the mentorship of a UCLA faculty member.

URSP recipients:

  • Receive a $4,500 scholarship (juniors) or $6,000 scholarship (seniors) to conduct research
  • Conduct research for 3 quarters (fall, winter, and spring) and enroll in a 199, 198, or 196 research course for at least 2 of the 3 quarters
  • Complete and submit a departmental honors thesis or comprehensive independent research project
  • Present their research at Undergraduate Research Week
  • Submit a summary of their research and a photo for an online profile


  • Junior level standing or higher
  • Enrolled full-time in fall, winter, and spring quarters of the scholarship year
  • 3.25 GPA or higher
  • Commitment to completing a departmental honors thesis or comprehensive research project for 3 quarters (fall, winter, and spring)
  • While financial need is not required, some awards are for students with established financial need
  • International students and AB540 students are eligible
  • Students who received the URSP scholarship as juniors are eligible to apply again for the scholarship as seniors


Application Deadline: June 20, 2020 at 11:59pm

Submit an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program application (available in early May).
 Online Application  (or go to myUCLA → Campus Life → Survey.)

The application includes 6 components:

  1. Research statement
  2. Personal statement
  3. Statement of previous undergraduate research experience (if applicable)
  4. Academic plan (study list)
  5. Signed authorization and release form. This allows the UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships office to share information with the Undergraduate Research Centers and award you a scholarship. For the 2019-20 program, signed scans of this form can be submitted by emailing them as an attachment to: Please title your attachment “[Last name], [First name] – Financial Aid Waiver”.
  6. Letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor. Be sure to ask you faculty mentor early and provide him or her with the URSP Letter of Recommendation form.

Please view the URSP Application Instructions. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an individual appointment with a Graduate Research Mentor to discuss your project, please contact the Undergraduate Research Center.

The Undergraduate Research Center also hosts informational workshops on the URSP program. Click here and select “Scholarship Workshops” for a list of scheduled workshops.

All materials must be submitted by the June 20 deadline.

Undergraduate Research Center –
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A334 Murphy Hall
Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tel: 310.825.2935
Fax: 310.267.5515


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