Eligibility & Application


The scheme is open to undergraduate students of any Victorian tertiary institution. Students in the second or third year of their undergraduate course, with at least one full semester remaining at the time of application, are eligible.

Students in double degrees must have completed two full years of their degree at the time of application.

Students in the first year or in the final semester of their course are not eligible to apply.

NOTE – Students completing their degrees at the end of the academic year are not eligible to apply for the summer intake of that academic year, because UROP requires commitment throughout the semester. Likewise, if you are completing your degree in the middle of the academic year, you will not be eligible to apply for the winter intake of that year.

Most commonly applications come from students studying:

  • Biological sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Computer science

Students from non-scientific courses who demonstrate a particular interest in biomedical research can also apply.

How To Apply

The online application system is accessible while applications are open.

For Round 2 2016, application requires you to submit:

  1. A application letter expressing your interest in the scheme
  2. A curriculum vitae including the contact details of one academic referee and a passport style photo
  3. A copy of your academic results.
  4. A passport style photo (can be the same as on the CV)

All documents must be in pdf format.

Make sure to read and comply with the Application Instructions before submitting your application. 

Applications that do not comply with the Application Instructions will not be considered.

NOTE – There are specific instructions associated with your application that may change with every round. DO NOT complete the application form without reading the instructions first. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

What criteria are used to select students for UROP?

  • Application to UROP is very competitive with many more applicants than placements.
  • Applicants with an academic average of below 70%-75% are generally not successful except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Overall marks are considered but particular attention is paid to results in science or related (computer, engineering) subjects.

The Selection Process

  1. Students are selected for interviews based on the entire application.
  2. At an interview, particular subject areas of interest are discussed. These are used to assist in matching the student to a particular project.
  3. After the interview, selected applicants are introduced to a suggested supervisor at an informal meeting to discuss the scope of the proposed project. If successful, students receive a letter of offer containing an outline of the work to be performed. If the meeting with the proposed supervisor is not successful, we would endeavour to find an alternative placement for the student.

Application Documents for Round 2 – 2016

All documents must be in pdf format

Your application letter should make you stand out from the crowd. This could include:

  1. Reasons for applying for UROP and your specific area of interest
  2. Tell us a bit about yourself, how UROP would benefit you and what you believe you have to offer a research group
  3. You must address specific questions as part of your application letter (see the application instructions)

The letter of application should be no more than one A4 page long, typed in at least 11 point font.

There is no fixed length for the curriculum vitae but it is preferable to be concise – between 1-3 A4 pages.

At the time of initial application, it is sufficient to provide a copy of your academic results downloaded from the student information system. The most up-to-date record of your results, for the full period of your undergraduate candidature to date, is required.

Please note that the questions and requirement for your application may change in the following rounds. Please ensure to read the relevant documents that will be made available at the start of each round.