For Students

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards provide a unique opportunity for students in any discipline and in their first through fourth year to:

  • Explore an issue or topic of interest
  • Collaborate with faculty on important research or teaching projects
  • Develop problem-solving and research skills, as well as a more comprehensive understanding of the research subject
  • Have an impact on a Brown course or in a larger field of study


Students of any year who have established – or can establish – a collaborative relationship with a faculty member and have a genuine interest in applied or scholarly research and teaching in the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences may apply for an UTRA. Graduating seniors may not apply for an UTRA for the summer (or semester) after they have completed degree requirements. Students who are separated from the University are ineligible to apply for an UTRA.

Defining a Project

  • Identify a research or teaching area that is of interest to you. Think about classes that have been particularly inspiring to you.

  • Make contact with a professor who might be willing to collaborate with you. Use department websites and Brown's Directory of Research and Researchers to learn more about faculty research interests. It is a good idea to take a course with this professor if you haven’t already done so. Attend office hours to talk more about your shared interests.

  • Visit the Applying for an UTRA section of this website to learn more about the application process and selection criteria, and to view the application questions. Draft your research or teaching proposal in a word processing document and discuss it with your professor. Collaboration is a key component of a successful application.

  • Revise your research or teaching proposal as directed by your faculty sponsor. When the UTRA application is available online, paste your answers to the online application. We recommend reviewing the application closely before submission, as some formatting such as indentation, underlining and bolding will not be visible.

  • Submit your online application and retain confirmation emails.

  • Ensure that your faculty sponsor has completed his or her portion of the application by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.