University Scholars Program

About the Program
The University Scholars Program (USP) program provides $1750 stipends to undergraduate students undertaking a full research project under the guidance of a faculty member. Only 200 students from all disciplines are selected through a competitive process to participate in this program. For more information, please visit the Center for Undergraduate Research here.

College of the Arts Application Deadline: 12:00 midnight, Friday, February 2, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements
To participate from the College of the Arts, you may not graduate before Spring 2025 and you must have a minimum 3.25 GPA. If you plan to apply through another college, you must adhere to their requirements. Important Note: If you receive Financial Aid, your scholarship could be affected, so please check with the Student Financial Affairs office to determine your Financial Aid status before you apply.

Assistance and Questions

Please email the College of the Arts Associate Dean for Research at with any questions.

To Apply, Follow the Steps Below:

Find a research mentor

The first step is to find a research mentor who will support your application. This can be any UF faculty member who will commit to sponsoring you on the proposed project. This can either be a project you have developed, or you may join an on-going research project and team. Learn more about how to locate a research project. You do not have to restrict yourself to researchers in your home department, school, center, institute, or college. You could also approach a mentor in an area where you are considering applying to graduate school.

Step 1:

college-specific requirements

Once you have identified a research mentor who will support your application, check out the USP requirements for the college of your mentor. The application will be submitted to the USP representative in the research mentor’s collegenot in your home college. Each department and college sets their own due dates and it is your responsibility to know the applicable date and meet that deadline.

Step 2:


Submit the application materials here before Friday, February 2, 2024. Required documents:

1) Download and complete the University Scholars Program Application Cover Sheet

2) 1-Page Research Proposal: Describe your project, its significance, and the research activities you will do during your time in the University Scholars Program. If your project is collaborative or part of your faculty mentor’s research, explain your role in the larger project.

3) Letter of Support from your Faculty Mentor

Items #1 and #2 should be combined into a single PDF. Item #3 can be submitted by you, or your faculty mentor may email it directly to

Proposals will be reviewed and final selections made by the College of the Arts Research Committee, so write for students and faculty members in diverse disciplines outside your own. In 2024-25, the College expects to support 5 students.

Step 3:

receiving the award

Those students receiving a USP award MUST attend a mandatory orientation on April 1, 2024 at 1:00pm in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Scholars are expected to complete their proposed creative/research project following all stated guidelines and requirements. Each scholar will receive a $1,750 stipend disbursed in two phases. The scholars will receive their first stipend of $750.00 in the fall and their second stipend of $1,000.00 upon completion of requirements.

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