UCLA Graduate Division Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (GD SPUR)


Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Purpose: 
UCLA's Graduate Division Summer Program for Undergraduate Research is designed for students who plan to pursue the PhD degree and enter academic careers. A long-term goal of this program is to help broaden and expand the pool of academically talented young scholars committed to careers in university teaching and research.
Program Description: 
This eight-week program offers juniors with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and professions (except dentistry, law, management, and medicine). The research objectives of the program are substantial and require full-time student commitment. The program includes seminars on academic career opportunities, GRE test preparation, and cultural and educational activities. At the end of the program, participants are required to give an oral presentation and/or participate in a poster session, and submit a report and abstract describing their research.
Program Benefits: 
Participants are awarded a $3,000 stipend, and a university housing and meal allowance. California students traveling from outside the Los Angeles area are reimbursed up to $450 for travel expenses.
Application Process: 
Selection of participants will be based on academic merit and availability of appropriate faculty mentors. A directory of UCLA faculty research expertise can be found at http://www.research.ucla.edu/faculty/.
Applicant Profile: 
GD-SPUR is designed for students who plan to pursue the PhD degree and enter academic careers. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose socioeconomic background, access to educational opportunities and other life experiences suggest that they would especially benefit from this type of program, and who demonstrate potential to contribute to the diversity and excellence of research and teaching in higher education.
Applicants must be juniors during the current academic year. Students who intend to pursue professional graduate degree in dentistry (DDS), law (JD), management (MBA), or medicine (MD) are not eligible to apply.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Program Deadline: 
Usually early February.
How To Apply: 
Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.