April 11, 2017


The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor.                        

*Fall 2021 URSP applications are now open!*

UPDATE! Click here to view the new application. Please scroll down to view additional information about this process.

Students may receive financial support and/or academic credit for their projects, in addition to developing relevant academic and professional skills. More information can be found below and in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Funded Projects - View a list of current and past Funded Projects

School of Systems Biology lab

Dr. Geraldine Grant mentors recent graduate and OSCAR Fellow Claire Collins.


Application Timeline

Applying for Application Open Date Application Due Date Notifications
Summer 2021 December 30th, 2020 February 24th, 2021 March 31st, 2021
Fall 2021 March 31st, 2021 May 26th, 2021 June 23rd, 2021
Spring 2022 TBD TBD TBD

Proposal Writing Workshops

To watch a video on how to write a proposal please click here

We will be holding two proposal writing workshops

  • April 29th, 2021 5:00pm - Register here
  • May 14th, 2021 3:00pm - Register here

You can sign up for appointments on Navigate Mason or email Dr.Lee with any questions.

 Funding Options Traditional Intensive
Student allocation up to $1,000 $4,000
Materials and/or supplies $0 $500
Mentor allocation $500 $500
Total Award Amount
up to $1,500 up to $5,000

Student allocation - Supplies for your project and development funds (see below). Summer projects may choose to take all or part of this in the form of a fellowship payment. **It is recommended that Summer URSP student allocations be entirely stipend**

Materials and/or supplies - money to be used for state-approved purchases related to the project. View the list of unallowable purchases on the Fiscal Services website. Supply purchases must be made within the project semester; unused supply money will remain with OSCAR.

Mentor allocation - Money for the mentor to use either to make purchases related to the project or for professional development. The mentor will have access to these funds at the beginning of the project semester and has until the end of the fiscal year to utilize them. Unused mentor funds will remain with OSCAR.


Traditional URSP Intensive URSP
Available Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters Available Summer semester only
Up to $1,500 total award $5,000 total award
Approximately 144 hours spent on the project Approximately 360 hours spent on the project
Enroll in UNIV 495 (0 or 1 credit, meets weekly)* Attend development seminars June-August

*During the Fall and Spring semesters, URSP recipients are required to enroll in UNIV 495.

Application Website - https://webportalapp.com/sp/login_saml/georgemason-ursp

Applicant Guidelines

  • Download the Narrative Guidelines for helpful suggestions regarding the student application form.
  • The project narrative should be appropriate to an interdisciplinary audience and primarily authored by the student applicant.
  • View OSCAR URSP application guideline videos here:
  1. OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) Introduction
  2. URSP Application Video 1: Cover Letter
  3. URSP Application Video 2: Outcomes from Previous Funding
  4. URSP Application Video 3: Introduction and Process
  5. URSP Application Video 4: Timeline and Expected Outcomes

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Create a profile: Please click "+Create a profile to Get Started" to begin your profile. Complete all the information and save your profile. You can't create a proposal until you enter a profile.
  • Step 2: Start an Application: Click "+Get Started". This will take you to the application. Once you have started the application make sure to save draft before you exit. You may continue to edit the application until you have submitted it. Once you have completed all the parts of the application use the "save" button.
  • Step 3: Mentor Request: Click "open" on the mentor request portion of the home page. Once in the mentor request listing, click "+Add New Item" to request a mentor letter. Make sure you have your mentors contact information available so you can fill this out accurately. Please complete the mentor request as soon as you start an application so your mentor has time to complete their letter.

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