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Open to US citizens and non US citizens
Deadline: 02/13/2023

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) invites applications for a paid summer fellowship for undergraduate students (rising juniors or seniors) in the humanities, social sciences, or fine arts into PhD programs and faculty positions in U.S. colleges and universities. A program of the Institute of African American Research, MURAP seeks to increase the number of individuals holding faculty positions within the academy who are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or demonstrate a commitment to diversity. The program provides students with a residential, rigorous research experience under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor or other talented instructors.


  • A stipend
  • Meal allowance
  • Campus housing
  • Writing, communication skills, and professional development workshops
  • GRE prep course (and all necessary materials)
  • A domestic travel allowance of up to $500 to and from Chapel Hill

To apply click here.

Preferred Qualifications

Application Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent resident, U.S. national, or have received protected status
  • Classified as a junior or senior in the fall of 2022
  • Have at least 12 credit hours to complete before your undergraduate degree is conferred after the summer of 2022
  • Personal Information (name, DOB, gender, ethnicity)
  • Contact Information (address, phone, email)
  • Education (name of undergraduate institution, major(s), minor(s), cumulative GPA, anticipated graduate date, names and numbers of courses you're currently enrolled in, credit hours completed/total hours required to graduate, MMUF scholar status)
  • Personal Statements: 
  • Essay I: Please address in no more than 500 words why you are applying to MURAP and what you hope to achieve as a participant in the program. This statement should include the following:
    • A description of your research interests in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Please describe as concisely and informatively as possible one or more lines of investigation for the summer project and demonstrate your suitability to undertake it.
    • A discussion of your commitment to pursue a PhD, the degree program(s) in which you intend to enroll, and your desired career path, especially your interest in teaching at the college or university level.
    • An examination of what you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses, and what you expect to bring to the MURAP learning community and summer experience. Please draw on your personal background and set of identities and experiences to explain how you will be a valuable member of the 2017 student cohort.
  • Essay II: Please describe in no more than 500 words the concrete ways (i.e., coursework, volunteer work, life experiences) in which you have demonstrated an interest in diversity and in working with racially and ethnically underrepresented communities. Once you have reached your career goal, how would communities of color benefit from your presence and position? 
  • 2 Faculty Recommendations


Research Offering Type

Independent Research, Internship, Research Assistant



Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, LPS, Nursing, Wharton



Contact Information

For all questions and inquires, contact the Program Coordinator at