Eligibility & Application


The scheme is open to all undergraduates in any Victorian tertiary institution. Students can join the Program from the second year onwards of their undergraduate course (or third year onwards in the case of double degrees). Students currently in the first year of their course (or first two years in the case of double degrees) or in their final semester are not eligible to apply. You must have at least one full semester remaining at the time of your application.

Most commonly applications come from students studying:

  • Science – Biological sciences, chemistry, maths/stats, computer science
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Engineering – Biomedical, electrical, software
  • Computer Science

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

Students who are completing their degrees at the end of the academic year are not eligible to apply for the summer intake of that academic year. This is because UROP is not simply a summer vacation scheme. 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.

How To Apply

The on-line application system is accessible via this website during the period when applications are open.

For Round 2 2016, the on-line 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 one as in 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.

Please note: there are specific instructions associated with your application that will change every round.  DO NOT complete the application form without reading the instructions first. Late applications will not be considered.

What criteria are used to select students for UROP?

The selection process occurs in 3 stages:

  1. Students are selected for interview based on their entire application.
    • However, the application letter is critical to the success of your application so be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Application to UROP is very competitive with many more applicants than placements.
    • Applicants with an academic average of below the range of 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.
  2. At an interview, particular subject areas of interest can be discussed. These are used to assist 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 – 2015

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.