AI Scholars

Artificial Intelligence Scholars

Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing AI-related research with a UF faculty member are invited to apply for the AI Scholars Program through the Center for Undergraduate Research. The center manages the successful University Scholars Program that introduces UF undergraduates to partnerships with faculty in research endeavors across campus. Artificial intelligence is ubiquitous in the world around us, from voice-activated devices to autonomous vehicles; thus, there is a wealth of research potential in every UF department.

Twenty AI Scholars will be named to join at least 200 other students who are participating in the University Scholars Program who will be undertaking a research project under the guidance of a faculty researcher.

Scholars are selected to participate through a competitive process, which occurs in the spring. Students may apply to the AI Scholar Program without having first identified a faculty mentor; however, applications with AI faculty support are considered more competitive.


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  • Must not graduate prior to May 2025
  • Applications have closed for this year

Scholars Award Amounts

$1750 for the student
$750 at the beginning of Fall, $1000 at the end of Spring

$500 for the faculty mentor
Mentor funds paid to the department fiscal contact for use in support of student research

Application Instructions

Personal Statement

Submit a personal statement of 300 to 500 words (typewritten pages) as described, and include the following:

  1. Reasons you would like to be a University Scholar.
  2. Reason(s) you feel that you should receive the scholarship.
  3. Benefits you’ve received from any community service experience.
  4. Contributions you feel you can make or are making as an undergraduate researcher.

Research Proposal

Submit a Research Proposal.
The research proposal is the first step toward your research design. Maximum length is one page.

Letter of Support

Faculty Letter of Support
Please ensure that your faculty mentor writes a letter of support stating that they are willing to mentor you over the course of the fall and spring semesters on a research project. This letter will be emailed from the faculty directly to by the application deadline.

Scholars Program Requirements