University Scholars Program

The purpose of the University Scholars Program is to introduce University of Florida undergraduate students to the exciting opportunities of working closely with UF faculty to pursue fundamental research and scholarly activities, thereby gaining valuable insight into how new knowledge is created and developed and how existing knowledge is focused on important problems.

A competition is held each spring within participating colleges for the University Scholars awards that includes a $1750 stipend. The program will consist of undertaking a full research project, under the guidance of a faculty member. The University Scholars Program serves as an exceptional capstone to the academic careers of UF students. Only 200 students from all disciplines are selected through a competitive process to participate in this program.

Freshmen and Sophomores


$1,750 for Students

($750 at the beginning of Fall, $1,000 at the end of Spring).

$500 for Mentor

Mentor will receive a stipend paid through the department fiscal contact to be used in support of student research.
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Must not graduate before May 2023

Work with a PHHP faculty

Be in good standing with the University and undergraduate program

Submit application to College representative


  • Complete the USP 2021 – 2022 Application Form
  • A one page (maximum) statement describing the (a) purpose/rationale for the study; (b) description of the study/project (including anticipated methodology); and (c) how the applicant hopes to benefit from the experience
  • A letter of support from the PHHP faculty mentor who you will work with and supervise you


Please note:

  • PHHP students are prioritized
  • Application is due the first Monday in February at 5:00pm
  • Acceptance announcements are sent out in the first week of March
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