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Transformational Initiative for Graduate Education & Research (TIGER)
Request for Applications
2019 Extramural Research Experience Award (EREA)

The overall goals of the Transformational Initiative for Graduate Education and Research (TIGER) at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) are to: a) Expand Post-baccalaureate educational opportunities for and improve the academic attainment of low-income Hispanic students, and b) Provide and enhance the academic offerings and infrastructure that will allow low-income Hispanic students to complete their degree as established by the curriculum.

An important objective of the TIGER program is to support outstanding graduate students to participate in summer internships at US universities and national laboratories. With this objective in mind, the Extramural Research Experience Award (EREA) was created to support up to three graduate students per year to conduct off-campus research during the summer. 

General Information

The EREA program will grant up to three $6,000 awards per year for graduate students to participate in summer research internships at US universities and national laboratories.  Funds can be used to cover travel expenses (up to $800) to and from the location in which the internship will take place, as well as to cover salary support for up to two months at a rate of $2,600 per month.  Internships should last a minimum of six weeks at any time during June and July 2019.

Submission of Application

All application packages should be in English and must include:

  1. A one-page statement of purpose including reasons to participate in the summer research internship and indicating why this experience will allow the participant to advance in his graduate research project and thus complete their degree in a timely manner. Applicants must present a well-defined research project.
  2. Current résumé.
  3. Non-official transcript.
  4. Demonstrate economic need as evidenced by the evaluation of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  5. One letter of recommendation.
  6. Letter of support from faculty member at host institution and that indicates arrangements made to receive the applicant.

Application submission due date is Monday, April 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Application packages are to be submitted electronically at:  

The recommender can submit letters of recommendations separately. For more information contact us at:

Who May Apply

The EREA program is open to full-time graduate students of any UPRM of the graduate program.*

Specific eligibility requirements are:

  1. US citizenship.
  2. Demonstrate economic need (need to fill FAFSA form).
  3. This program supports summer research experiences at US universities and national laboratories.  Industrial or clinical internships will not be supported. 

*Priority will be given to TIGER Fellows and students with biomedical, aerospace, and sustainable agriculture projects.

Selection Criteria

A faculty committee will evaluate all applications and EREA fellows will be selected according to the following criteria:

  1. GPA.
  2. Academic progress.
  3. Personal statement.
  4. Publication record.
  5. Recommendation and support letters from faculty mentors.
  6. Appropriateness of summer research experience in advancing in her/his graduate research project and thus completing his/her degree in a timely manner.