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.

The UROP office considers applications 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 UROP online application system is accessible while student applications are open.

Application requires you to submit:

  1. A application letter expressing your interest in the scheme (must follow Application Instructions)
  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)

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.

DO NOT complete the application form without reading the instructions first. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

All documents must be submitted in pdf format.

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.

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.