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SROP - How to Apply

Apply to SROP at Illinois with the BTAA SROP Application

If you would like to apply to the Summer Research Opportunities Program at the University of Illinois, please submit your application through the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) SROP online application.

This common application is used by all BTAA institutions to identify prospective summer research participants.

Applying through the BTAA SROP online application means that you do not need to request, pay for, or send us duplicate copies of your transcripts and letters of recommendation. We will have full access to these documents through the BTAA website.

Another benefit to you is that even if Illinois is your first choice, because it is a common application, all BTAA institutions will have access to your application. On the application you will have the opportunity to select all of the BTAA institutions at which you wish to do summer research.

Be sure to choose University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or we will not receive your application.

Please read the SROP FAQs offered on the BTAA SROP site. It will give you useful information and instructions on completing the application.

Learn More About & How to Apply to our SROP at Illinois Partner Programs

Have you been recommended by an Illinois faculty member?

If you have been recommended by a University of Illinois faculty member or partner institution, please have that person contact us at telling us that they have recommended you for our SROP Program. Please note: it is not necessary to be recommended by an Illinois faculty member to be accepted into SROP at Illinois.

Application Deadline

The BTAA SROP Application opens November 1, 2023 and applications are due February 10, 2024. Please note that we review applications submitted to the BTAA website on a rolling basis.

Questions may be emailed to GradDiversity@illinois.eduBe sure to include your name and undergraduate institution with each e-mail correspondence.