Applying to ESP

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

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 started at The University of Alabama during the 2014-2015 academic year is 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 your research semester.

Successful Applicants

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


Application Process

Apply at this website by clicking “Application”.  The deadline for applying is Nov. 1 2016 at 11:59 PM CT. Students who are excepted into the spring section of the program will be notified by Nov. 21, 2016.

Emerging Scholar Expectations

Emerging Scholars are expected to commit to the program for two semesters, as well as present at the University of Alabama Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference. We encourage Emerging Scholars to participate in research throughout their entire undergraduate career, even once their time in the Program is done.

Please read more about the timeline and Future Scholar FAQs.

What You Will Need for the Application

Please read this information before starting your application.

Personal and Contact Information

We will only accept your University of Alabama e-mail address for the application. You can access this address through myBama. This is also how you will receive communications from the Emerging Scholars Program, so please be sure to monitor that account often or have it forwarded to an account you monitor.


You will be required to provide the name and contact information for at least one reference and may provide this information for up to three total references.

We recommend that your reference(s) 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.

A few minutes after your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.  In this e-mail there will be a link for you to give your references so they can provide their evaluations.  We ask that they please complete your evaluation in private to ensure they can be completely honest.  All evaluations must be in before 11:59 PM CT on Nov 1. to be included in your application packet. Applications without an accompanying evaluation will receive lower scores than those with at least one evaluation.

Personal Statement

You will be asked to write a 500-750 word personal statement to upload with your application. This is a chance to tell the committee why you should be an Emerging Scholar.

In this statement, please include 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 as a .pdf file before uploading it to your application. Files in other formats may experience technical issues resulting in an incomplete application.

After You Submit

A few minutes after submitting, you should receive a confirmation e-mail to the Crimson e-mail address you provided in the application.  Keep this confirmation e-mail for your records.

Application review will begin Nov 1, and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision around Nov 21.  If you are accepted into the Emerging Scholars Program this e-mail will also notify you of your next steps.  Please keep this e-mail for your records and for future reference.

Additional Information

If you have questions, please visit the FAQs.  If they do not answer your question, please contact us.