Apply now! Paid Undergraduate Research positions for Federal Work-Study Students

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Are you eligible for Federal Work Study? Do you want to get paid for research?

The Office of Student Engagement and Career Development (SECD) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for 2023-2024 Student-Initiated Undergraduate Research Positions for Federal Work-Study Eligible Students. This program will allow for undergraduate students to gain valuable research experiences while being paid through their federal work-study awards. Funding is available to departments to hire undergraduate research student workers who receive Federal Work-Study during the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Apply now for funding for a Spring 2024 position! This is a noncompetitive process; awards will be disbursed until funds run out!

Need help?  SECD's Undergraduate Research Ambassadors will answer your questions and help you prepare your application!  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must identify and match with a research mentor who will approve the job description and the student employee's time, and oversee job duties.
  • In conjunction with their mentor, students may propose a paid undergraduate research position in any major, field of study, college, or department.
  • Students will be asked to name a research mentor who will approve and oversee the project.
  • Research mentors may be tenure track, continuing track, graduate students, or ongoing research personnel at the University of Arizona.
  • Positions must provide a minimum of 100 hours and a maximum of 200 hours of paid undergraduate research experience during the Spring 2024 semester.
  • Students must have a minimum of $750 remaining in Federal Work-Study benefits during the 2023-2024 academic year at the time of hire.
  • Students will be paid on an hourly basis, bi-weekly through the University of Arizona payroll system.

Ready to apply?  Sign up on Handshake to begin your application!

Have questions? Please reach out to either Kelley Merriam Castro, Program Manager of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, or the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors!


January 10, 2023 (All day) to January 25, 2024 (All day)

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