Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP)

The IUPUI Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP) is a performance-based scholarship directed toward academically talented first-time or incoming transfer students. The program is meant for students who want to continuously engage in faculty-mentored research while pursuing their degree at IUPUI. Scholars from racial and ethnic populations who have been historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education and whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity at IUPUI are encouraged to apply.

Participants in the program are members of a community of undergraduate students who benefit from individual support, research activities, faculty mentoring and scholarship funding that leads to graduation with a four-year degree. Priority is given to incoming high school students, although continuing IUPUI students, as well as transfer students, may also apply. Awards are based on availability and applicants’ qualifications. These highly competitive awards are given to students in a variety of IUPUI majors/disciplines. A scholar may continue in the program for up to 4 years if he/she maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

General Eligibility Requirements

Poster Session
  • Majoring in any subject
  • Enrolled full-time at IUPUI
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Priority will be given to Indiana residents

Requirements for Incoming High School Students

  • Must be in the top 25% of their graduating class and have at least a 1070 SAT score (old) or 1140 SAT score (new) on the 1600 scale (math and critical reasoning sections only), or 23 ACT score
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have at least a B grade in all math and science courses
  • Povide the full names and emails of at least two references from teachers addressing the student's potential to conduct research

Requirements for Current IUPUI Students and Transfer Students

  • Minimum 25 credit hours earned
  • At least two years (four academic year semesters) remaining at IUPUI (incoming sophomore or junior)
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Students must be currently engaged in or have previous exposure to research
  • Student must provide the full names and emails of at least two references from mentors addressing the student's research experience
  • Deadline for application is Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Poster Session

Program Benefits

  • Opportunity to work with a faculty mentor, conducting hands-on research for up to four years
  • Up to the in-state rate for tuition and fees (regardless of residency) for each academic year (up to eight semesters for incoming freshmen and up to six semesters for incoming transfer or current IUPUI undergraduates)
  • $4000 living stipend
  • $8000 housing stipend if living in on-campus housing (priority is given to incoming freshmen)


Apply to DSRP


Tonya L. Shelton, M.S.Ed.
Program Director
Center for Research and Learning
Division of Undergraduate Education
875 W. North Street
Hine Hall, Suite 243
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Tel: 317-274-5863


To apply to DSRP, please click here. Deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2023.


If you have any questions, contact Tonya L. Shelton for more information.