Application Instructions for SROP

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate School’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)! The application is completely electronic.  The deadline for applications is March 1. The instructions below will guide you through the process.

Program Eligibility

Students wishing to participate in SROP must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, DREAMers, or DACA students [1] who are:

  • first-generation or low-income college students; or

  • have joined at least one affinity group associated with an underrepresented minority; or

  • alumni of historically black colleges or universities, hispanic serving institutions, or tribal colleges or universities; and

  • have completed at least 2 semesters of undergraduate education and have at least 1 semester of undergraduate education remaining after completing the SROP program.


Before You Begin

  • If you have funding from another source or your university please send an email to Nyrée McDonald (, associate dean for graduate enrollment management, and explain your funding situation.
  • If a question has an *asterisk next to it, you must provide an answer.
  • Please read through the following list carefully to ensure you have gathered the necessary materials to complete the application before you begin.


Complete the Application

  • Click on the Application for Summer Research Opportunities Program link below or the green-colored Apply button above to create your account. 
  • Click “Start New Application” and when prompted to select an application type, choose “Summer Research Programs” and click the button “Create Application.”
  • In the Uploads section you will need to upload your statement of intent. The statement should cover some or all of the following:
    • Who are you?
    • What are your research interest(s)?
    • Why did you choose your current undergraduate major and institution?
    • What are your your professional goals (e.g., professorship)?
    • What are your future goals for graduate school (i.e., Ph.D.)?
    • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    • Why you are interested in undergraduate summer research?
    • What relevant experiences, coursework, or research has prepared you for summer research?
    • Why are you interested in the Notre Dame SROP and what positive aspects do you hope to contribute to it?
    • What aspects of the University of Notre Dame, the particular graduate program at ND, or ND faculty research appeal to you?

These are only suggested areas to address in your statement; it is not necessary to respond to every question. Your statement is an opportunity to tell your story in a compelling way (i.e., who you are, what do you care about, what do you hope to do).

Note: It is highly recommended that you read your completed draft aloud to identify necessary corrections prior to submitting it. If your current school has a Writing Center, schedule a consultation for feedback. Or, ask a friend or professor to provide feedback on your draft.

  • Curriculum Vitae or resume must be uploaded in the Curriculum Vitae heading.
  • Only one letter or recommendation is required, but you may provide up to three.
  • There is no application fee.

Ready to apply? Please click on the link below:

Application for Summer Research Opportunities Program



[1] International students are encouraged to apply to the iSURE program, which provides opportunities for international undergraduate and master's students to participate in research projects at the University of Notre Dame.