The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) is directed through the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and administered by the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The URFP scholarship supports students doing a multi-quarter research or creative project under the mentorship of a UCLA faculty member during winter and spring quarters.

URFP recipients:

  • Receive a $3,000 scholarship
  • Enroll in a Student Research Program (SRP) 99 course or an upper-division departmental research contract course for both winter and spring quarters
  • Enroll in Research Practice 103: Student Research Forum from 4-5:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in winter quarter
  • Present their research at Undergraduate Research Week or submit a summary of their research at the end of spring quarter
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units in winter and spring quarters (note: students completing their URFP research requirements through SRP 99 courses must enroll in a minimum of 12 units before enrolling in the SRP 99 courses)


  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Has not already participated in URFP
  • Commitment to completing a research or creative project with a faculty mentor for winter and spring quarters
  • While financial need is not required, some awards are for students with established financial need
  • US citizens, permanent residents, undocumented, DACA, AB540, and international students are eligible to apply
  • Cannot be a concurrent recipient of a research program scholarship while participating, including those through the Undergraduate Research Centers, AAP, College Honors, the Center for Community Learning, Education Abroad Programs, or academic departments


Application Deadline: November 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to approach each aspect of the application: URFP Application Instructions.

Submit an Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP), Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), and McNair Research Scholars Program application (available early to mid-October). Visit MyUCLA, click on “Campus Life,” and select “Survey” to access the application.

The application consists of 3 components:

  1. Research proposal
  2. Personal statement
  3. Confirmation of mentorship from your faculty mentor. Be sure to ask your faculty mentor early and provide them with the URFP Mentor Confirmation Form.

If you are also applying to MMUF or McNair, your mentor may submit the letter of recommendation for either program to instead of completing the URFP Mentor Confirmation Form.

If you are conducting a creative project, you may submit supporting documents such as a portfolio of your work to

If you are conducting an interdisciplinary project, visit our FAQ to determine which URFP (URC-HASS or URC-Sciences) you should apply to.

If you would like feedback on your application materials, you can schedule an advising appointment with a Graduate Research Mentor to discuss your project. The Undergraduate Research Center also hosts URFP info sessions and workshops on how to write a research or creative proposal. Click here for a list of current workshops and info sessions.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Undergraduate Research Center –
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A334 Murphy Hall
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(310) 825-2935