Application Instructions for SROP

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate School’s SROP! The application is completely electronic. The instructions below will guide you through the process.

Program Eligibility

Students wishing to participate in SROP must meet all of the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, DREAMers, or DACA students [1]
  • Have completed at least 2 semesters of undergraduate education
  • Have at least 1 semester of undergraduate education remaining after completing the SROP program
  • First generation, low income, or a member of an underrepresented group in academia


Before You Begin

  • If you have funding from another source or your university please send an email to John Lowery ( and explain your funding situation. Please do not continue with the application unless you are directed to submit it.
  • 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. Once your account is active, click on the link Application for Admission to begin.
  • Click "Start New Application" and select the year of study (e.g., 2023) and appropriate term (2023 Summer)
  • Under Applicant Type select Departmental Non-Degree.
    • If this step is not followed we will not receive your application.
  • In Program Specifics, answer No to the question whether you plan to attend full time; and the “Program Applying to” answer should be Graduate School Research Opportunity Program.
    • Please do not select “Non-Degree (No Dept)"

SROP Application Type screenshot

  • Select the Summer term for the year in which you plan to participate in the SROP.
  • Do your best to thoroughly fill in the Personal Information section, but you can skip the Family Information section.
  • In the Test Score Information section you can click on Save & Continue without entering any information. These scores are not needed for this program.
  • In the International Information section you can click on Save & Continue without entering any information.
  • In the Academic History section enter the colleges or universities you have attended. Transcripts are required. An unofficial copy of your transcript will be accepted and must be uploaded where it says upload document.
  • In the Additional Information section you can list the University of Notre Dame as School Number 1. Please let us know if you are applying to any other REU-like programs. The headings Language and Financial Aid can both be left blank.
  • In the Uploads section you will need to upload your statement of intent. The statement should cover some or all of the following:
    • Information about you
    • Why you are interested in an Undergraduate Research Program
    • Discipline related experience (classes, computer training)
    • Future (after graduation) plans
    • This is a perfect platform for explaining any low grades or problems with grades
    • Where you heard about the Notre Dame Summer Research Opportunities Program and what appeals to you about our program specifically
    • These are suggestions. Your statement is your opportunity to provide more information about you!
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume must be uploaded in the Curriculum Vitae heading.
  • All Recommendation Letters must be electronic. 
    • Only one letter of recommendation is required. If you prefer to supply more than one letter of recommendation in your application, please ignore the following bullet points.
    • In place of the second recommendation letter, you can use “John Lowery” as the recommender and "" as the email address.
    • In place of the third recommendation letter, you can use any name as the recommender and "" as the email address.
  • 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.