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Applications for 2021-2022 are now open! The deadline for Winter applications has been extended to January 14, 2022

Students: How to Apply

1) Check Eligibility

In order to apply to the FMP, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 upon first quarter of participation in the FMP (Fall 2021 or Winter 2022)
  • Be registered as a UC San Diego student while participating in the FMP
  • Have sophomore standing or above
  • Be able to commit at least 10 hours a week to research-related activities during each quarter of participation
  • Be able to commit at least 2 consecutive quarters to the program (i.e. Fall + Winter or Winter + Spring). Students can participate for the entire academic year if they wish.

International, visiting, and transfer students are all eligible as long as you fulfill the above requirements.

2) Find a Mentor

Students are responsible for finding and contacting their own mentor, but the FMP coordinator can help if you're having a hard time. Start looking for a mentor as you’re filling out the general application—be proactive! 

Here are some ways to get started:

  • Here is a list of faculty who are currently open to mentoring undergraduate researchers. We will regularly update the list, so check in periodically for any new names (newer additions are at the bottom of the list).
  • If you're interested in working with a professor whose class you're currently taking, visit them during their office hours.
  • Check out UC San Diego’s research and job-related portals where professors often post open positions:
  • Visit your department's website to search for faculty whose work aligns with your research interests, and reach out to them with a brief introductory email. For tips on how to contact a professor, check out our Guide to Getting Started with the FMP.
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3) Apply for the FMP

There are two steps to the application: the general application and the FMP application. We recommend filling out the general application ASAP, as it contains general information that can be used to apply to other programs as well. Fall FMP is no longer accepting applications. The Winter applications are now open until January 14, 2022.

Start Application

4) Get Credit

Then, sign up for a 99 or 199:

  • Read about the 99 and 199 Special Studies classes and how to apply here.
  • Biology: If you’re taking your 99/199 through the biology department, you must apply online through the biology department.
    • Note that deadlines for enrolling in BILD 99 & BISP 199 are earlier than other independent study courses; they always take place in the quarter before the course will actually be in effect. So if you want to enroll in BISP 199 for Spring Quarter, the deadline is during Winter Quarter.
  • If you cannot enroll in an independent course, please contact the FMP Coordinator for an exemption form.   

Important Dates

  January 3, 2022

First Day of Winter Quarter


  January 14, 2022

Applications for Winter Quarter FMP close


Contact Us

Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator

Contact: Claire Kim
Zoom appointment:
Location: Student Center Building B, 1st Floor (please check in at URH front desk)