Undergraduate Research Scholarships

  • Bachelor
  • Up to 1700 USD ($)

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) provides first and second-year students scholarship funding for participating in the research and creative work with faculty. Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) are awarded by the University Admissions Office to prospective freshmen as part of the admissions award package.

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University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota (University), founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

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  • awarded a URS scholarship as part of your admissions award package
  • complete project by the end of August of second year

To ensure the project is considered research and is doable, students must submit application materials and be approved before they begin their project and receive their award.

Students awarded a URS must complete their project by the end of the summer of their second year. URS students may apply at any time.

Steps to Get Approval and Start your Project

  • Write a project proposal (what is this?)
  • Fill out the online application form (link below)
  • Have your faculty mentor fill out the Faculty Recommendation Form online.

Application Review Process

Once received, the application goes through a two-step review process. First, the applications are reviewed by college-specific faculty. Then, the Office of Undergraduate Research gives final approval. The URS approval process typically takes one to three weeks.

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There are two parts of URS Award Funding:

URS Scholarship Stipend

$1,400 for 120 hours of research, paid through financial aid

Expense Money

Up to $300; a detailed list must be given on the URS application to account for the cost of supplies requested. Typical expenses include lab materials, compensation for human subjects, travel to field sites (more than 50 miles away), and other costs directly related to the project.


Submit your application materials for review at any point in your first two years. You may not start your research until approved. There are no application deadlines.