Applying to ESP
*Please read all the information below. The ESP Application is at the very bottom of this page.
This is a University-wide program available to students interested in any discipline — humanities, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, education, and many more — in all of the colleges that compose The University of Alabama. Almost all full-time UA faculty conduct research and are possible mentors for Emerging Scholars.
Any regularly admitted student who is entering The University of Alabama for the first year of full-time university study is eligible for the Emerging Scholars Program. Students who have been part of the Capstone Summer Honors program in previous years; who enter for the first time during the summer semester; who have substantial numbers of AP or IB credits but who are chronological freshmen; and who have dual enrollment credits are all eligible for admission. If you have already attended Bama Bound and have a fall semester schedule, you are still eligible to join the Emerging Scholars Program and, if modest changes in your schedule are needed, the program and your college advisors will assist you in making those adjustments.
Sophomores and Juniors
Any student who is in their second or third year of enrollment at The University of Alabama or who transfers to The University of Alabama as a sophomore or a junior eligible for the Emerging Scholars Program. Students who have a substantial number of transfer credits but are chronological sophomores are eligible for the Emerging Scholars Program. IMPORTANT: By applying to this program, applicants are affirming that they will not have study abroad, internship, or co-op plans that would interfere with their research semester.
Successful applicants will have:
- A demonstrated passion for learning and dedication to excellence
- A willingness to work hard to meet personal goals
- A record of commitment to organizations and activities
- High school GPA of 2.5 or above
- 25 ACT/1130 SAT composite score
Current Students (Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors)
- UA GPA that meets the SPS as outlined in the academic catalog
Cycle 1: Jan 1 – Feb 28 for early-admission, March 1- April 30 final deadline: Rising sophomores and juniors can apply to be a part of the fall cohort.
Cycle 2: May 1 – July 31: Incoming Freshman, and transfer students can apply to be a part of the fall cohort.
Cycle 3: Aug 1 – Dec 13: All freshman, sophomores, and juniors at the University of Alabama can apply to be apart of the spring cohort.Those students accepted into the Emerging Scholars Program will be notified by email within 20 days of each Cycle’s Application Deadline.
To Include in your Application
You will be required to provide the name and contact information for at least one reference.
We recommend that your reference be someone who can speak to your academic and intellectual abilities, work ethic, and commitment to excellence. Some possible references may be high school teachers, community organization supervisors, youth group directors, coaches, or another professional who has worked closely with you. Sophomores and Juniors should use references related to their activities as a student at The University of Alabama, such as professors, supervisors, or professional mentors.
Your reference could be contacted during the application process.
In this statement, please consider including the following:
- Why you would like to be an Emerging Scholar
- Why you think undergraduate research will be a valuable experience
- Any research-related experiences you have already had (prior experience in research does not necessarily increase or decrease your likelihood of being accepted into the program)
- What research topics or questions would most interest you as a Scholar
Please save your personal statement in Word and then copy and paste into the application.
After you Submit your Application
APPLY BELOW FOR OUR new Cohort
*Early Decisions and Priority Deadline is February 28 or September 30*
*CURRENT STUDENTS: Final Application Deadline is April 30 or December 13*
Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students: Deadline is July 31