How to Apply

Late applications are NOT accepted. If you have questions or issues related to your application, you must contact UGAR before the application deadline.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

  • Travel: if your research involves any travel (within the U.S. or abroad), you must comply with the College policies on travel.
    • Dartmouth continues to discourage all nonessential travel for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, given that, when people are on the move, so is the virus. More information regarding travel policies can be found here.
    • UGAR may extend its ban on funding for travel even if the college lifts the institutional ban.
  • Campus access: undergraduates are permitted access to Dartmouth-affiliated buildings and facilities, including libraries and research labs, only if they register for campus access (which requires participation in the COVID testing protocol). See the policy on undergraduate research for academic year 2021-2022.
  • Student status: if students withdraw from the College for any reason (in good standing or not), they are not eligible for UGAR programs during the terms in which they are withdrawn. If students are accepted for a UGAR program in a given term but withdraw from the College during that term, they must contact UGAR immediately. See the College webpage on withdrawals for more information. 

Application Information


  • Students are eligible for a maximum of 5 terms of URAD funding (4 for students who have been accepted into the Presidential Scholars program).
  • Funding is not awarded retroactively or for research in the same term as the application deadline. 
  • The program does not match students with faculty. See UGAR's tips and resources on how to find a faculty research mentor.
  • These are competitive programs and not all students who submit applications will be selected. Applications are judged on a variety of factors including: demonstrated interest in the academic discipline, grades in relevant courses, description of the project and student's role, and the relationship of the research to the student's academic and career goals.


  • Students must submit an application for each term of funding (awards are only made for one term at a time).
  • Students who are continuing a project for which they currently have UGAR funding will be able to bypass some sections of the application form
  • Applications are due one week before the last day of class in each term for research beginning in the following term.
  • Student application forms and faculty mentor application forms must both be submitted by 11:59pm on the application deadline.
  • Failure to follow instructions may result in a delay in your application decision or rejection of your application. Be sure to read ALL of the information carefully.

Submitting your application

Online application system:

  • The link to the online form is available from the first day of each academic term until the application deadline for that term.
    • If you are unable to access the application form, contact UGAR
    • Application forms must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on the deadline.
  • When you submit the form, you will receive an automated email.
    • Save this email as it is confirmation of your application submission.
    • Do not contact UGAR for confirmation of your submission unless you do not receive the automated email.
  • Submission of the form will also generate an email to your faculty mentor
    • This email includes a link to an online form that your faculty mentor must submit.
    • Follow up with your faculty research mentor to ensure that the s/he has received the email and is aware of the deadline.
    • If your faculty research mentor does not receive the email or is having difficulty with the form, contact Undergraduate Research.
  • Notifications of decisions will be sent via email approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Filling out the form:

  • CAREFULLY READ application do's and don'ts before beginning the form.
  • Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)
  • Use only alphanumeric characters (no symbols, dashes, quotation marks, tabs, line breaks, unusual fonts, etc.)
  • Be sure that all information entered is accurate and free of errors as this information will comprise your formal program record
  • Incomplete application data is saved and accessible for one week from start date, at which point any applications not submitted will be automatically purged

URAD application link

Email notifications

All communications from UGAR will be sent from the "undergraduate research" blitz account. To ensure that you receive these emails, be sure that spam filtering is set up correctly in your email. The college provides detailed instructions on how to ensure that emails from specific email addresses are not inadvertently delivered to your spam/junk folder.