Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

University of California, Berkeley

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) is designed to involve Berkeley undergraduates more deeply in the research life of the University. The Program provides opportunities for you to work with faculty and staff researchers on the cutting edge research projects for which Berkeley is world-renowned. Working closely with mentors, you will deepen your knowledge and skills in areas of special interest, while experiencing what it means to be part of an intellectual community engaged in research.

New research opportunities are open at the start of each semester. Student applications are due in the the second week of classes each term. For detailed information, please see URAP Application.

Faculty and undergraduates from all of the schools and colleges at the University of California at Berkeley are welcome to participate.


As an apprentice, you can work on faculty research and learn advanced research skills, explore fields that interest you, and find out what it is like to be an academic at the world’s premier research institution. Each semester, projects from a wide range of disciplines are open to new applicants. 

In Fall 2021, some projects may still be remote. The fall application opens August 18th after 3 p.m.; the deadline to apply is August  30th, at 9 AM!

Information Sessions

At a URAP info session you will obtain more general information on apprenticeships, and get tips on making clear and effective applications.

URAP Experience Info Sessions are held by experienced URAP apprentices and peer advisors.

Info sessions about applying to URAP will be held in late fall and the first week of instruction in the spring semester. Registration links for this fall’s sessions are now listed below. 

Please watch the tutorials, Applying to URAP and the Step by Step Guide, before attending a session. This will give us more time for your questions!


URAP Info Sessions:

Tuesday, August 24th, 2-3 p.m. Zoom, please register at this link

Wednesday, August 25th 1-2 p.m. Zoom, please register at this link

Friday, August 27, August 27th: 10-11 a.m. Zoom, please register at this link

URAP Experience Info Sessions to be held by Peer Advisors:

Thursday, August 26th, 3-4 p.m.
Zoom, please register at this link.

URAP Summer Apprentices

Adriana Perez-Munuzuri - Older Adult Immigrants Research Project

This summer, I will continue my work as a research assistant for the Older Adult Immigrants research project. The purpose of this project is to understand the effects of immigration status on older Mexican immigrants and their experiences during COVID-19. Eligible participants share their experiences via semi-structured interviews conducted in Mexico and California. We code interview transcripts and connect findings …Read more  »

The Apprentice Experience

Anne Powers

Apprentice with the Emma Goldman Papers What motivated you to apply to URAP? In my freshman year, I started to...

Katarina Makmure

Apprentice with Professor Sarah Hake (Plant and Microbial Biology) Tell us what you are currently working on. The official description...

Erica Lee

Apprentice with Professor Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby (Art History) Representation of Scale: What is it like to work closely with a...

Stefanie Ebeling

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
2412 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2940

Drop-In Office Hours

Please contact Stefanie via e-mail at urap@berkeley.edu.

Peer Advisor Drop-In Hours

The Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships has a great group of experienced undergraduate researcher peer advisors, many of them current or former URAP students, that are ready to help you out. The spring calendar of when specific OURS peer advisors host their weekly drop in office hours will be posted shortly. Their majors are represented in (parenthesis) and you can read more about all of them on this page

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