Undergraduate Research Program

Information for applicants

We have expended our conference travel award funds for the 2017-18 academic year and are currently only able to accept new applications from Mary Gates, Washington Research Foundation (WRF), and Levinson scholars as those awards include travel funding. Mary Gates, WRF, and Levinson scholars should email urp@uw.edu for the link the apply.
We look forward to accepting new applications for all students this autumn for the 2018-19 academic year.


We encourage all currently enrolled UW undergraduates working with a UW faculty mentor who have a scholarly paper, poster, or creative scholarly work that has been accepted for a professional conference to apply for an award.

Award Information

The travel award is for partial support to present your research at a professional conference*. The amount of the award is based on expenses incurred. Airfare and conference registration fees may be covered in their entirety; other expenses may be partially covered. Each award amount will be determined based on the expense summary you submit with your application.

* Due to limits in funding, we do not typically fund travel outside North America. Contact urp@uw.edu before applying if you have questions about your conference.

Please note: this award will only cover expenses not covered by another award.


Applicants must be currently enrolled UW undergraduates working with a UW faculty mentor. Students must be accepted to present a paper, poster, or creative scholarly work at a professional conference, event, or meeting.

Application Process

Applications are taken on a continuing basis and must be submitted, including a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor familiar with your research discipline, at least four weeks prior to departure date. Applications are reviewed monthly.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for these awards include: overall quality of the application and the importance of participation in the conference/venue to the applicant’s long-term goals as articulated in the applicant’s statement. Note: Priority for funding will be given to first-time applicants.


Awardees are expected to submit a brief summary statement about their conference experience and to present their research at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

If you have any questions, contact urp@uw.edu.