A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism

START calls for TRA and URP candidates


Two of START's research support opportunities, the Terrorism Research Award (TRA) and the Undergraduate Research Program (URP), are currently seeking applicants. The TRA offers a $5,000 research award to advanced doctoral students in the terrorism research field. The Undergraduate Research Program provides a grant to outstanding undergraduate students to support their research for a START faculty-led project.
Applications are due Wednesday, May 1 for TRA applicants and Monday, May 20 for URP applicants.

TRA requirements:

  • Open to pre- & post-doctoral students.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program, or have completed a doctoral program no earlier than 2008.
  • Mentors should submit a letter indicating support for the applicant and stating a willingness to work with the applicant throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Mentors should email these letters of support directly to education@start.umd.edu.
  • Click here to learn more and apply.

Undergraduate Research Program requirements:

  • Open to undergraduate students.
  • Submit the nomination form, which includes a faculty recommendation form and application form. Click here to nominate a student.
  • Your responsibilities as a mentor:

- Involve the URP student directly in your START research efforts,
- Help the URP student develop his/her research and analysis skills,
- Provide advice on the URP student's original research project, such as offering advice on presenting the paper at professional conferences and/or submitting it for publication, and
- Explore options for continuing work in the area of terrorism research with the URP student.

Any questions about either program can be directed to education@start.umd.edu. For more information on our research support programs, click here.