Office of Academic Enrichment Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) is a funding opportunity through the Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry office to assist students in any major or research area with financial needs while being involved in an undergraduate research project. URAP is a competitive program and funds approximately 60 students each summer semester.  Students are responsible for working with a faculty mentor to develop their research project proposal.

In order to be selected for URAP, students must not have received any other type of funding for their research project, including grants or paid research employment.  URAP funds are distributed as student employee wages.  All applicants must be eligible for student employee positions at Ohio State.  Note that you cannot hold a student employee position at the same time as a staff position (such as a PCA at the Med Center).  Additionally, students taking classes during the summer semester cannot work full-time while class is in session and will be limited to 28 hours/week.  Please consult the University's Student Employment Policy if you have questions about your eligibility.

2023 URAP Details

The 2023 URAP cycle has ended.

Applicants are required to submit a research proposal along with a current resume and advising report.  Each applicant's faculty mentor will be asked by UR&CI staff to provide a letter of support for the applicant.

URAP students will receive student employee wages of $13/hour for a maximum possible total of 456 hours.  This equates to a maximum of 12 weeks of full-time work, or $5,928 (pre-tax).  URAP will begin on May 8, 2023, and all participants will conclude by August 11, 2023.  Exact dates may vary based on actual hours worked for each student.   

Students who accept URAP positions will be required to:

  • participate in the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship programming created by UR&CI and facilitated both online via Carmen and in-person (approximately 1-2 hours of work each week)
  • present their research in a UR&CI hosted forum during the 2023-2024 academic year (Autumn Festival, Spring Festival, or Denman Forum)

Failure to participate in apprenticeship programming will result in the student being terminated from the position.


2023 URAP Application Information

The application for the 2023 URAP cohort is now closed.  If you have any questions, please email