Pay, Credit, Volunteer


Your UROP participation options include:

  • Academic credit: UROP credit is general elective credit.
  • Pay: Discuss funding options with your faculty supervisor. The majority of paid UROPs receive faculty/department funding (Sponsored Research), but if your faculty supervisor lacks the funds to offer you a paid UROP position, you may request funds from UROP (Direct Funding). Note that different deadlines apply and that participating Wellesley College undergraduates are not eligible for UROP Direct Funding, so must be paid by faculty/departmental resources.
  • Volunteering: An option that generally requires less of a time commitment, which can be a good introduction to UROP for first-time researchers. Consider UROP as a volunteer if you aren't yet sure whether you have the time to commit to UROP.

All UROP projects must be worthy of academic credit, regardless of whether you choose to participate for credit, pay or as a volunteer.


Credit UROP

During any given term or summer, you may not receive both pay and credit for the same UROP project, nor may you earn UROP pay or credit during the term in which they are registered for thesis.

To participate in a credit UROP, follow the steps below:

  1. Decide the proper subject number and unit total for your UROP in consultation with your faculty supervisor - options vary according to your faculty supervisor's academic department and its credit policies. See the Online Subject Listing and Schedule for subjects numbers by department.
  2. Submit your UROP application by the credit UROP deadline for the term.
  3. Register the credit. You must add (register) UROP credit as you would a class, no later than the Drop Date for the given semester.
  4. If you decide to cancel (drop) your Credit UROP, remember to Drop it from your registration no later than Drop Date and to cancel your UROP application in the online system or send email to urop@mit.edu.

Credit Outside Semesters


Paid UROP

You have two paid UROP options:

  • Faculty/Department Funding (sponsored research)
  • UROP Direct Funding (funds from UROP): Requests for UROP direct funding may be for hourly pay, materials and services, UROP-related travel, or a combination thereof.

Different application deadlines apply based on the type of funding. UROP direct funding requests are always due by the earliest deadline in the term and funding is limited. Since funding requests are not always awarded, be sure to discuss alternate options with your supervisor.

The current minimum hourly rate for UROP is $11.50/hour. If requesting direct funding, you may request up to a total of $1,610 for an academic term and $5,520 for the summer. These amounts are current for the 2017-18 academic year and are subject to change.

Faculty may choose to pay more than the standard UROP rate, however they may not pay less than the UROP minimum.

Payroll Eligibility

Once you've secured a paid UROP, be sure to review the Once You've been Hired information on the Student Financial Services website for details on the steps you need to take before you start your research work and can get paid.

To apply

Paid UROP participants are eligible for a transcript notation that reflects research participation (Course#.URN). URN notations are awarded by faculty supervisors at the end of the term, provided that you have made satisfactory progress.

NOTE: MIT scholarship recipients awarded guaranteed UROP funding are eligible for one term of paid UROP at some point during their undergraduate careers. Funding must be requested via UROP Direct Funding and the applicable deadline, and all project and proposal standards apply. The guarantee is for financial funding support; you must first secure a UROP position and faculty supervisor. Questions about financial aid, scholarship eligibility, etc, should be addressed to staff in Student Financial Services directly.


Volunteer UROP

Volunteer UROP can be a great way to learn about faculty expectations and the research environment, especially if you are not yet ready to commit to a full term of research, or prefer not to earn pay or credit for your work. Submit a volunteer UROP application by the given deadline for the semester/summer. Volunteer UROP participants are eligible for a transcript notation that reflects research participation (Course#.URN). URN notations are awarded by faculty supervisors at the end of the term, provided that you have made satisfactory progress.

To apply:

Volunteer UROP participants are eligible for a transcript notation that reflects research participation (Course#.URN). URN notations are awarded by faculty supervisors at the end of the term, provided that you have made satisfactory progress.