Mentor Information

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) pairs faculty who need research assistance with undergraduates eager to engage in advanced research. For faculty who take on this serious mentoring role, small grants (up to $600 per academic year) are available to pay for expenses incurred in bringing the undergraduate into the project. Limited summer funds for student summer stipends are also available. For more information see the Faculty Handbook. Note for Spring 2021: Unless you have approval from your division to meet in-person, you should plan for the work with the students to be remote.


URAP operates through a personalized web-based “portal” that is created for each faculty member. Your portal will allow you to view applications, post notes for applicants and apprentices, create Learning Contracts and see if students have signed the contracts. You may also renew and revise your project(s) at the portal.


URAP is planning to list open projects for the spring semester. The application process is entirely remote; the program is well prepared to continue to help mentors connect with studens outside of the classroom. Please contact Stefanie Ebeling at for the link to submit a proposal. We will begin posting projects in the second half of December and continue to post through Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Funding note: We hope to continue to provide project funding in 2020/21, but such funding will be subject to the campus budget process.

Student deadline: Student applications open on the first day of the administrative term, and close on Monday in the second week of classes. The spring application period for studentswill be Tuesday, January 12 through Monday, January 25.


Click here for a look at current URAP faculty research projects for apprentices.


The URAP Faculty Handbook offers an extensive description of the program, guidelines for success, and necessary forms.


Important dates in the URAP cycle are noted in our Faculty Calendars: Fall 2020(pdf) and Spring 2021(pdf).


Each semester, the URAP faculty mentor and the undergraduate apprentice must sign a Learning Contract outlining roles and expectations, whether or not they enroll for units. Contracts are completed online for new and continuing apprentices.


There are no new URAP projects listed in the summer, but there is usually funding available for continuing URAP faculty and apprentices. Faculty who participate in URAP during the fall AND spring semester may nominate a current apprentice to receive a SUMMER work stipend. Eligible faculty will be notified in mid-February about summer funding.


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Stefanie Ebeling
Office of Undergraduate Research
2412 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2940