The Transfer Research Entry Program supports Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) eligible incoming transfer students interested in exploring undergraduate research opportunities. The goals of the program are to (1) provide mentoring and essential academic survival skills for transfer students, (2) educate transfer students about undergraduate research opportunities and career paths in research, and (3) assist transfer students with getting into a LAEP-funded research position.

Program participants will be offered a FREE one-week virtual intensive entry to research bootcamp. In this bootcamp, transfer students will:

  • Develop critical academic survival skills to successfully transition to UCLA
  • Learn about undergraduate research opportunities
  • Participate in activities and discussions to identify areas of research interest
  • Create a cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Learn how to apply to and interview for research positions
  • Identify and apply to a LAEP-funded research position
  • Explore careers and learn about transferable research skills
  • Determine if research is a career path of interest
  • Network and connect with other incoming transfer students

Bootcamp Dates: September 18-22, 2023


  • $300 stipend upon completion of the one-week intensive entry to research bootcamp
  • 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)


To participate in the Transfer Research Entry Program, students must be LAEP eligible and also meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming transfer student
  • Have at least two years remaining at UCLA
  • Interested in undergraduate research
  • Considering a career path in research



Application deadline: August 18, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. PST

To apply,

  • Sign in to the UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships Undergraduate Scholarships Application
  • Click on the “Opportunities” tab and select “Ours” from the “Scholarship” drop down menu
  • Search for Transfer Research Entry Program in the search box
  • Select the Transfer Research Entry Program and click on “Complete your General Application to apply” in the lower right hand corner
  • After completing the general application, submit your response to the supplemental question for the Transfer Research Entry Program
  • All materials must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all materials are complete and submitted on time. A complete application consists of the general application and response to the supplemental question.

Supplemental Question: Discuss why you are applying for the Transfer Research Entry Program and how you think it will help with your educational/career goals (500 words).


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