Application Information for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

To apply for the Developing Scholars Undergraduate Research Program (starting in Fall 2024), click to purple button below. Please read all details before you apply.

Applications are now live for the 2024-2025 cohort

Deadline: April 20, 2024

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Program Eligibility

  • Undergraduate student from historically underrepresented* background
    • “Historically Underrepresented” is defined as an undergraduate student who is first generation of any background or is a member of a group that has been historically underrepresented in higher education.
    • Students who do not fit this profile are invited to pursue other grant opportunities through Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research. All undergraduate students in pursuit of undergraduate research placement are welcome to visit one-on-one with SDUR staff for further guidance.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (contact if questions/comments about GPA cut-off)
  • No prior research experience (if unsure, contact
  • Preference given to early career students (incoming freshmen, transfer students etc. Students with more than one year at K-State may be considered)

The following items are also required for the application:

  • Letter of Reference: Include a letter of recommendation on letterhead from a teacher or counselor, faculty member or academic advisor (include address and phone number). The name, position, address and phone number should be listed on the letter. The letter should include information about your academic preparedness, leadership qualities, potential success in a research program and information about your overall character.
  • Resume: Include information regarding academics, leadership, and community service.
  • Transcript: Unofficial transcripts are permissible.
  • Completion of the following essay questions (2,500 characters, or 500 words, each):
    • Tell us how your cultural background and interactions have shaped the person you are today as well as the person you hope to become. Include examples of how you have overcome personal adversity.
    • What lights your fire? Think of three projects that you are most interested in or excited about to research.
    • What are your career goals and why do you wish to pursue them? How will DSP help you achieve your goals?

Applications should be submitted through the on-line survey. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to (preferred) OR mailed to The Developing Scholars Program, 207 Leadership Studies Building, 1300 Mid-Campus Drive, Manhattan, KS 66506.

*Please direct questions to