Students can access the online application portal here using your UVID and Loyola password. Applications for the Center for Urban Research and Learning Fellowship are accepted year-round.

Students applying for the Ricci Scholars Program must apply directly through their site.


With the exception of the Center for Urban Research and Learning Fellowship and the Ricci Scholars Program, all LUROP fellowship applications must be submitted by March 1st through the online application portal. The next application for the next cycle opens January 2024.

Center for Urban Research and Learning Fellowships: Applications for CURL Fellowships are accepted year-round and are submitted through the online application portal.

Ricci Scholars Program: Students apply to the program in the fall semester of their sophomore year. The application deadline is on November 15th. Interviews with applicants will be conducted in December. Scholarship winners are announced in January. To apply for the Ricci Scholars Program, please visit their site directly.

Application Policy

Students may apply for as many LUROP fellowships as they like. Students cannot, however, accept more than one fellowship at a time (although students may accept one summer and one academic year fellowship in the same application year). Students can accept no more than three total LUROP fellowships while at Loyola. There are restrictions on the number of fellowships you can accept from the same program.

Faculty Mentors

While all LUROP fellows conduct research with a faculty mentor, some fellowships will match you with a mentor and others require that you find a faculty mentor prior to applying. The Center for Urban Research and Learning Fellowship, Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Research Mentoring Program, and the Women in Science Enabling Research program match undergraduate students with both a faculty mentor and research project. All other LUROP programs require you to find a faculty member willing to be a mentor you on a project before applying.

You can find more information about finding and cultivating a relationship with your faculty mentor here.  

Application Requirements and Materials

Please read this list of required application materials for each fellowship before beginning the application process. Below you’ll find a brief overview of commonly required materials, but some fellowships may require different materials, including personal statements, resumes, essays, etc.

Faculty Recommendations

You will be able to request recommendations from faculty members through the online application system. Faculty members will receive an automatic request for recommendation with a link to a recommendation form. If you are applying to multiple fellowships or programs, faculty can upload the same recommendation form to multiple programs. Faculty recommendations are due March 8th.

Project Abstract

Many LUROP fellowship applications require a project abstract. Project abstracts should give readers a clear sense of what kind of research project you propose to carry out and how your research will contribute to the field or discipline. In roughly 250-300 words (1500 characters), outline the research project you are undertaking, identifying the primary topic and presenting the key questions and arguments that the project will address.

For information and guidance in writing and developing your abstract, check out the Writing Center and/or join us for an abstract writing workshop this spring (date TBD)!

Project Description

Many LUROP fellowship applications require a project description (though some may ask for separate essays in addition to or in place of the project description). Project descriptions should be roughly 1-2 pages (single-spaced) and provide a clear overview of the project, including the purpose and objectives, the value of the project to your field or discipline, research methods, equipment, and/or resources, project timeline, expected results or outcomes, and plans for sharing or disseminating your research.

Bibliography or References

The bibliography or references should list any secondary sources or external research that you draw from, build on, and/or engage in your research. Consult with your mentor and/or Loyola’s library resources (including subject specialists and subject guides) to identify key sources and resources. Your bibliography or reference list should include any sources you cited in your abstract or project description.