General Scholarship Information
The International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholarship is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to UMTC undergraduate students by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. The learning abroad program must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite.
Eligibility & Funding Requirements
- Eligible Learning Abroad Center programs involving a research project
- Students must meet with the Learning Abroad Center staff person responsible for the eligible program to discuss the research project and confirm that the overseas site will agree to the project prior to submitting the international I-UROP application
- Students must be enrolled in a University of Minnesota undergraduate degree program, in good academic standing
- Students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credit enrollment status per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program
- The Learning Abroad Center program must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite
- Students must enroll in a course while abroad in which a faculty member oversees the student's project, provides guidance on content and methodology, issues a grade for the student's completed research paper, and ensures that at least 100 hours are dedicated to research (not coursework)
- Once onsite, students must submit an international I-UROP application form, I-UROP proposal (3 pages long) and I-UROP onsite mentor recommendation, one month after the program start date in which the research is being conducted
- Any research that involves engagement with human subjects may require IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval. To see categories of exempt research, you can review the IRB FAQ web page and contact the IRB office. There is also consideration when working with animals. Given the short duration of a study abroad program, students should select research topics that do not require IRB approval when doing research abroad.
- The proposal must be approved by I-UROP to retain funding
- At the end of the student's study abroad program, students must submit: 1. a I-UROP final report 2. a I-UROP evaluation 3. information to the University's Digital Conservancy (UDC). The UDC provides a permanent and searchable copy of research papers.
Failure to submit the I-UROP final report, I-UROP evaluation and submission to the University's Digital Conservancy will result in having the scholarship rescinded.
For further information and assistance, contact Matt McGilvray in the Learning Abroad Center.
Funding is provided by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Learning Abroad Center (LAC), and the Office of Undergraduate Education.
What Is a Research Project?
Deadlines & Award Amounts
|Up to $2,000
||May 1, 2017
Academic Year 2017-18
|Up to $2,000
||May 1, 2017
|Up to $2,000
||October 31, 2017
How to submit your application:
This award will be placed directly into the student’s U of M account at the beginning of the term in which the research is being conducted. Students must complete all of the requirements below in order to retain the scholarship funding. If approved, you will be contacted by the I-UROP office in August (for fall semester/academic year proposals) or December (for spring semester proposals) with I-UROP proposal submission information.
- Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you will be studying abroad.
- Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the application deadline date, no exceptions.
- Submit the scholarship application and essay (650 words max) via the Learning Abroad Center Online Scholarship Portal.
*Visit the Learning Abroad Center Scholarship Portal to learn more about specific essay questions and requirements.
Sample Research Project Titles
The following project summaries provide an insight into the range of possible research topics that can be pursued.
•Similarities and differences between prominent Western views of health in the U.S. and the views of health in India
•Analyze the role of international organizations in protecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women in Sub-Saharan Africa
•Ethnology of food, emphasis on how food underlies health
•Tiritiri Matangi Wildlife Sanctuary tourism and preservation
•Auckland's food system in an urban setting
•Industralizing in relation to art in France
•Coral reef ecology, conservation and response to climate change
•Discrepancies in the distribution of free primary education funds in Kenya: lessons from Nairobi, Kilifi, Kitui and Kisumu Counties
•Teenage health in rural Ecuador