How to Apply for UROP

Step 1: Prepare a Proposal

In collaboration with your faculty mentor, prepare a four to six page (double-spaced) proposal. The student must write the proposal. 


If you have already completed a UROP semester, you are considered a renewal applicant even if you are working on a different project and/or with a different faculty mentor. A full proposal must be submitted for renewal applications.

  • If you are continuing with the same project and mentor, your original UROP proposal must be updated to reflect what you accomplished during your first UROP semester.
  • For a different project and/or mentor, the proposal must be rewritten (following the proposal guidelines below) to reflect the changes.

The proposal must include ONLY the following sections:

  • Statement of the problem or topic of the research or creative work
    Purpose: To clearly set out what topic or issue you will be addressing in your UROP project and to make clear that it is concrete and important.
  • Relevant background/literature review
    Purpose: To make clear that you understand where the project lies in broader context and to exhibit that you are engaged in the project enough already to be able to effectively pursue the project.
  • Specific activities to be undertaken and a timeline allotted for each activity
    Purpose: Provide both larger context and concrete achievable timeline within 120 hours. The project is part of a much larger project, but what are we funding? Show evidence that work will be done with the mentor.
  • Relationship of the proposed work to the expertise of the faculty mentor
    Purpose: You are utilizing your faculty's specific expertise and really gleaning what you can from their very specialized knowledge, you can convey that expertise, you can demonstrate that they will actually be mentoring you.
  • Relationship of the proposed work to the student's future goals
    Purpose: To show that your project facilitates your educational or career goals, that you have thought about how the project fits into your larger personal goals, and that your project will actually facilitate those goals for you.

GROUP PROJECT INFORMATION: Group projects are permitted but each student must write their own proposal. Plagiarism will result in the disqualification of all involved proposals and possible further action per the student code. For more information on academic conduct at the University of Utah, see the Student Conduct Code.

Resources for writing proposals:


View How to Write an UROP Proposal Slides >>
  • For some good overall tips for things to focus on while writing your proposal, click HERE.
  • For an overview of the grant writing process and some description of what to include in each section of your proposal, click HERE.
  • For a description of literature reviews and some tips on how to structure your literature review, click HERE.
  • For more information on literature reviews, including examples of helpful transitions and vocabulary, click HERE.
  • For examples of how to structure and what you might want to include in your timeline, click HERE.

FALL 2022

Student Application Due:
July 1 at 11:59pm

Mentor Application Due:
July 8 at 11:59pm


Student Application Due:
Nov. 4 at 11:59pm

Mentor Application Due:
Nov. 11 at 11:59pm

Step 2: Complete the Online Application

Complete the online application form. It is recommended that you prepare the proposal in a word processing program (four to six double-spaced pages in length), then copy and paste the text of that proposal into the appropriate text boxes on the form. We encourage applicants to avoid the use of special characters, formulas, images, and tables in their proposals to the extent possible.  When you paste your proposal text into the application form, please proofread the pasted text carefully.  Special character keys, formulas, images, and tables may be attached in a one-page PDF document.

  • The form requires student information, faculty mentor information, and the full proposal.
  • Provide all images, tables, graphs, etc., as appendices in one PDF file and attach that file to the form.
  • Footnotes and endnotes do not translate into this system. Please use parenthetical in-text reference forms (such as APA or MLA) and provide full references in the References field.
    Note: References will be unformatted in this form.

Step 3: Forward the Mentor Reference

Upon submission of the form, applicants will receive an email that MUST be forwarded to the mentor. This email contains a link for the mentor to follow to provide their recommendation. The mentor's recommendation MUST be received by the deadline in order for an application to be considered for funding. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the faculty mentor receives the emailed link and is aware of the deadline.

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UROP Proposal Review Criteria Checklist

UROP Proposals are reviewed and evaluated by an independent committee comprised of faculty from the college of the faculty mentor. Reviewers are asked to evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

Project Quality

Overall quality of the proposed research or creative work and effective written presentation of the project.

  • Is the proposed research or creative work timely and well-developed?
  • Does the student exhibit a strong understanding of the project?
  • Is the proposal well-written? Has it been carefully edited? Is the presentation professional?

Plan and timeline

Specific activities to be undertaken and a concrete, realistic timeline for completion of the work.

  • Does the student present a concrete timeline detailing specific activities to be undertaken?
  • Is the timeline realistic for completion of the project?

Quality of the mentoring relationship

Relationship of the proposed work to the expertise of the faculty mentor, familiarity of the faculty mentor with the student and his/her/their skills and goals, and impact of the proposed mentoring activities. A UROP scholar's success depends critically on high-quality mentoring. Please consider this aspect of the application very carefully.

  • Does the student demonstrate familiarity with the faculty mentor's scholarship?
  • Is the proposed work sufficiently related to the expertise of the faculty mentor?
  • Are the faculty mentor and the student well-acquainted? Do they already have an established collaborative/mentoring relationship?
  • What is the impact of the mentor's proposed mentoring activities?
  • Is the mentor prepared to personally provide high-quality mentoring to this student?

Impact on the Student’s Education

Potential of the UROP experience to substantially enhance the student's ability to meet educational and/or professional goals.

  • Do the proposal and mentor reference make the case that the UROP experience will substantially enhance the student's ability to meet educational and/or professional goals?

Have you already written your proposal and reviewed it with your mentor? Submit a draft of your proposal for review!

Writing Center tutors can help you develop your proposal with one-on-one writing instruction.

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One of our undergraduate research advisors can also provide feedback on formatting and details to help you improve your proposal. Our research advisors are accepting draft proposals for review until Thursday June 23, 2022 at 11:59pm for Fall 2022 funding applications.

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