First Time Researcher Fellowship

Applications for the Spring 2024 cohort of the First Time Researcher program are now closed


Purdue undergraduates are encouraged to participate in the First-Time Researcher (FTR) fellowship during the upcoming spring semester. These opportunities are specifically designed for students who are new to college-level research, having completed less than a full semester's worth, including any summer research experiences.

As part of this program, selected researchers will receive a $1,000 stipend to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to their respective research lab.

ENGR 296 - First Time Researcher Course: The FTR Fellowship offers an associated course in which you can acquire valuable insights and skills to excel in your research pursuits. As a mandatory component of this program, participants will have the chance to showcase their research findings at the Spring Undergraduate Research Conference, in front of the Purdue academic community.

Important Dates | FTR 2024

For Faculty

Priority Project Posting Window

Sep 1 - Oct 1, 2023

Late Project Posting Window

Oct 2 - Nov 1, 2023

Student Selection Window

Oct 15 - Nov 30, 2023

For Students

Program Application Window

Oct 1 - Nov 15, 2023

Priority Application Deadline

Oct 14, 2023

Last Date for Decisions

Mid-Decemeber 2023

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)