The Undergraduate STEP-UP provides hands-on summer research experience for Undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers in
the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology
and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
- 8 to 12-weeks of full-time research experience with flexible starting dates.
- Stipend not to exceed $3,500.
- Students are assigned to one of four Undergraduate STEP-UP Coordinating Centers to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience.
- Students are paired with experienced research mentors at institutes throughout the nation.
- Students are encouraged to choose a research institute and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students
are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research.
- Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research.
- All-paid travel expenses to the Annual Undergraduate STEP-UP Research Symposium held in August of each year—gives students the opportunity to
conduct a formal oral and poster research presentation.
Each coordinating center is responsible for recruiting a particular target audience and provides a tailored summer program for students. The
Undergraduate coordinating institutions are as follows:
Please read eligibility requirements carefully, as they may differ from the High School STEP-UP and other NIH funded programs. For additional
questions regarding the eligibility requirements, please visit the FAQ section on the website or contact the STEP-UP Director.
- Be a U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national or legal permanent resident.
- Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
Previous research experience is required for all first-year students (freshmen).
- Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), although exceptions may be granted.
- Have personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program.
Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Come from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National
Science Foundation to be underrepresented in biomedical sciences on a national basis.
- Come from a disadvantaged background as defined by annual family income and/or be the first generation in their families to graduate from a
four-year college or university.
- Diagnosed with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Please read the STEP-UP Application Instructions before starting the application. Applications will be accepted
11/15/2013. All online applications and supporting materials must be submitted
Students applying to the Undergraduate STEP-UP must:
Only application materials submitted online (application, personal statements and letters of recommendation) using the STEP-UP Online Web Portal
will be reviewed. Hard (paper) copies will not be accepted (with the exception of official transcripts).
Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted or considered.
Applications and supporting documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on
2/24/2014. Transcripts must be postmarked by this date.
Applicants will not be able to submit an application after 11:59 p.m. EST on
NIDDK will begin notifying applicants of acceptance into STEP-UP by email on March 9, 2013, this will continue until all available spots are
filled. Accepted applicants will be required to confirm their participation within one week of notification.