Students should complete the common application if, and only if, the Site is participating in the REU common application. Many Sites in engineering, mathematical sciences, biological sciences, and earth sciences have adopted the REU common application. To find out which Sites use the common application, review the list at the bottom of the General Info page. If you want to apply to a Site that does not use the common application, you will need to complete that Site’s program-specific application, following their application procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
To find out which Sites use the common application, review the list at the bottom of the General Info page.
You can apply to these Sites by following each Site’s application procedures. Refer to the Site’s website or contact the Site for more information. You can find website links for Sites in the NSF list of REU Sites.
Yes. An REU Site may not charge students an application fee.
To receive funding from the NSF REU program, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States by the time the program starts.
Yes. In fact, high school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but have not yet started their undergraduate studies are also eligible to participate.
Yes. However, priority will be given to students who have not yet participated in the program.
Yes. Please contact the REU Help Desk at email@example.com or 1-800-232-8024 to receive a paper version of the registration form and submission instructions.
Contact the REU Data System administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-232-8024. They will be happy to help you with any technical problems.
Application deadlines vary by Site. Please refer to each Site’s website for important dates and deadlines, or use the search tool on the Sites in the common application page.
Notification dates and procedures vary by Site. Sites are committed to completing the evaluation process as soon as possible. Please note that due to the large number of applications and the small number of positions, many highly qualified applicants will not be admitted. This should in no way discourage you from applying!
The REU Sites program is generally 10 to 12 weeks long. Participants must be present for the entire duration of the REU experience.
The program dates vary by Site. Please refer to the Site’s website or use the search tool on the General Info page to find out about important dates and deadlines.
REU participants must commit to working a maximum of 40 hours a week for 10 to 12 weeks. Thus, you should not apply to an REU Site if you plan to carry a heavy course load or hold a demanding job. Accepting an REU position implies that you agree to be available for the entire program. You should consult with Site staff if you need flexibility in your workload or schedule to accommodate classes or other work.
Students in the REU program generally receive a stipend determined by each Site. You may contact the Site directly for more information.
You must provide contact information for two people, who will be sent a reference form to complete online.
You may apply to up to ten REU Sites through the common application.
Yes, you may apply to additional REU Sites directly as long as they have not adopted the common application system.
No, you must use the common application to apply to REU Sites that accept the common application.
Email questions or concerns to email@example.com or call 1-800-232-8024.