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Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity fellowship

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, NeURO

Step into the world of neuroscience research with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute's Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity (NeURO) fellowship program.

Scientific laboratories can feel like a foreign world, with their own language of specialized vocabulary and cutting-edge techniques — but they are exciting opportunities for discovery for anybody with dedication, curiosity and creativity. The NeURO fellowship program supports you as you join a research lab to help advance our understanding of how the brain works (and why it sometimes doesn't). No experience is necessary, just a spirit of exploration and a desire to work hard!

Students who do not have previous laboratory experience and students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields are particularly encouraged to apply. This program is currently available to Stanford undergraduates only.

NeURO program elements

NeURO fellows will:

  • Participate in a one-unit winter quarter research immersion course to learn research fundamentals, read scientific articles and practice science communication
  • Participate in a one-unit spring neuroscience foundations and journal club course
  • Receive part-time mentorship in their host research lab during winter or spring quarter (the quarter before your full-time research fellowship)
  • Receive a 10-week experiential learning fellowship for full-time research in spring or summer quarter (during your flex quarter). Use the "Application and Eligibility" link below for more information about funding
  • Join a wonderful community of students sharing your interest in exploring neuroscience!

Undergraduate research opportunities

Students are encouraged to explore the wide variety of neuroscience research opportunities available on campus, including those posted on our Undergraduate Neuroscience Research Opportunities page. Need help reaching out to labs? Check out our resources page.

Apply to become a NeURO fellow

The 2021 NeURO fellowship application is now closed; the application period will reopen in fall quarter.

Students must apply in collaboration with a faculty member who welcomes the applicant to join their lab; prospective applicants who have not yet found a lab are encouraged to explore our directory of undergraduate neuroscience research opportunities, and to contact labs of interest to them.

Application and Eligibility

Learn about our NeURO Community College pilot program

2020 NeURO fellows pose for a photo with Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute director Bill Newsome