Koret Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application Is Closed

Application closed Sunday, October 22 2023 (11:59 PM)

Last Year's Koret Application Slide Presentation 

Please read all of the following before applying.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be an undergraduate student enrolled in Winter 2024 and/or Spring 2024 at UC Santa Cruz, and be in good academic standing. Applicants will be required to provide access to educational records for verification purposes.
  • Previous Koret Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must have a UC Santa Cruz faculty or UC Santa Cruz graduate student as a mentor for the project. Applicants are required to work with their mentor to develop and complete a research project.
  • Research projects can be student, or mentor-originated.
  • Research projects must be completed prior to the student's graduation.


  • It is recommended, but not required, for Koret Scholars to work with their mentor in a 2 or 5 credit Individual Studies course.
  • The Koret Scholarship is intended to support undergraduate students in a research project outside their courses in collaboration with faculty and/or graduate students. As such, research projects can not be assignments in regular courses. However, new research projects could be developed out of previous coursework. 
  • Koret Scholars must complete a survey before and after their research experience.
  • Koret Scholars agree to present their project in the "Koret Research Slam" at the end of spring quarter 2024.


  • Undergraduate students from any academic discipline may apply for the Koret Scholarship. Previous Koret Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  • The application includes two 250 word prompts: one for a project description and the other for a personal statement. All project proposals must include the support and guidance of a faculty mentor/sponsor.
  • All applicants must contact their mentor/sponsor before submitting their application in order to confirm that a letter of support from their mentor will be provided.
  • In the application, an applicant will specify the mentors name and UCSC email address and when they save the application, a separate email to the mentor will be sent containing the link for them to upload their letter of support.
  • Mentors must be a UC Santa Cruz faculty/graduate student/post-doc/researcher etc and have a CruzID and are willing to actively mentor the student.
  • For group projects, each student in the group submits a separate application. In the project description question of the application, it should be made clear what specific role the applicant will be performing in the group project. 

Application Questions pdf (for the applicant)

Statement of Support pdf (for the mentor)