Funding is available to exceptional UH Mānoa undergraduate students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program who propose original research to be mentored by UH Mānoa faculty. The purpose of research should be to add to the collective knowledge of society. Research projects take many forms depending on the field of study. We encourage UH Mānoa students developing proposals to consider the various ways their discipline approaches research.
Students who meet the application requirements are eligible to apply for one award per proposal cycle. There are two types of awards for each proposal cycle: Undergraduate Research Awards and Presentation Awards. Funds up to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per group project are available at the discretion of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Council (UROC) based on proposal, application, and mentor form. Proposals are accepted from 9/9 until 10/10 each Fall, and from 2/2 until 3/3 each Spring.
All application materials must be submitted by the 11:59pm deadline. Failure to meet this deadline will result in an incomplete application.
Undergraduate Research Awards
Qualified students may make proposal requests for individual project-related expenses (supplies, stipend, travel, etc.)
Group proposals involve two or more undergraduate students.
Qualified students may apply for travel funds to supplement the costs of attending a specific professional conference where they will present their research or creative project. To be eligible, students should be the first author on the presentation, poster, or creative project.
Applications are paperless and all materials are due by the deadline. Applications are processed and reviewed by UROC within one approximately month of the submission deadline. Students will be notified of the decision via email after UROC has made a decision.
After notification, recipients and their faculty mentors must sign and submit a Memorandum of Agreement in order to receive funds. Award recipients will receive funds through their MyUH tuition account pursuant to financial aid approval. The funds will generally be disbursed in two 50% increments. Applicants must have at least one semester remaining at UH Mānoa before completion of their bachelor’s degree. Applicants must fulfill funding requirements by the end of their proposed timeline not to extend past graduation, including a presentation of research, submission of receipts, and a written report.
Requirements for Applicants
Students seeking to apply for UROP awards:
● Must be enrolled at UH Mānoa aiming for the completion of a Bachelor’s degree
● Must have at least one semester remaining in their degree program to complete and present research
● Must complete all required fields of the online application
● Must upload a .pdf of the proposal that should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced, in 12 point font. Utilize the rubric as a guideline for how proposals will be judged.
● May include supplemental materials in addition to the three-page limit, but only those deemed absolutely essential for evaluation
● Must include an itemized budget as a supplement to the Proposal (stipends funded at an hourly rate of $12/hr.)
● Site Specific studies requiring travel need justification
● Travel may necessitate Per Diem pay at standard rates published by the federal government
● Must include application status (at least pending) of compliance with ethical standards if research involves human/animal subjects or hazardous materials (funds will not be disbursed until all necessary approvals are met)
● Should review the contents in Proposal Guidelines and Reference Materials
● Must have a mentor form submitted by their UH Mānoa faculty mentor by the deadline
● Mentor selection is critical; additional information may be found on the Mentor Selection page
● UROC has discretion to fund all or part of any proposals
● All correspondence is subject to review by UROC
● GPA is heavily weighted