NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

About the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

Location of award, if applicable: NSF funded program sites across the country

Eligible applicants:

Varies with each program site.

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

The NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) application process:

Start by searching the NSF REU website to identify a program site that is a good fit for your academic background and career goals: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp. Discuss your plans to apply with your academic mentor and a CFSA advisor.

Once you identify a program site that is a good fit for you, contact CFSA for guidance on how to approach the application.

Application components and deadlines vary by program site.

Interested? Contact CFSA to get started!

Advising contact:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email:  cfsa@syr.edu More Information:  https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,