Research Excursion Program (REP 398H/Y Courses)

The Research Excursion Program (REP) gives faculty funding to involve upper-year undergraduate students on a faculty-led research project that takes place off-campus. REPs are supervised onsite by an Arts & Science faculty member.


  • The Office of the Dean funds all student travel, accommodation, and meals.
  • The research experience can take a variety of forms, such as research in archives, laboratories, libraries, field sites, etc., but cannot be a credit-bearing course at another university.
  • Faculty offering REPs will now receive $1,500 in research support, on a pilot basis.
  • The off-campus research component will normally run from May to August, when faculty and students can make the necessary time commitments.
  • The REP cannot be combined with a research project for which the student is being paid.
  • REPs are academic courses: students must be registered for the Summer Term in the appropriate REP (398) course. Tuition fees apply.
  • Work may continue during the subsequent Fall Term, but it is expected that the REP course mark will be submitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science no later than mid-October. Grades must be submitted by late August if the student plans to graduate in November.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 16, 2019

COVID-19 Update: On April 2nd, the university announced that it is cancelling all future student activities outside of Canada until August 14, 2020. All domestic undergraduate research projects that require field work have also been paused. All REP courses due to take place in the Summer 2020 term have therefore been cancelled. Thank you to all faculty who were intending to offer summer REP courses. All approved REP courses that do not take place in summer 2020 will receive an automatic extension to the end of summer 2021. Please contact Christine Ovcaric at for any concerns or questions.

Applicants must hold a continuing appointment to the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George).


  • For consultation and feedback on new REP ideas, faculty are encouraged to reach out to Nicholas Rule, Acting Vice-Dean Undergraduate at
  • Arts & Science is partnering with Woodsworth College’s Professional and International Programs (PIP) office which will provide support to instructors in arranging logistical bookings and payments in advance (where possible). Instructors are encouraged to consult with Jennifer Banh, International Programs Coordinator, Professional and International Programs, on their proposed budgets and travel plans:

Faculty Application Process:

  • Please fill out the application form, adhering to the word limits.
  • Please fill out the budget sheet, which is preformatted for you.
  • Send the completed application form and budget to your Chair/program director for review and approval.
  • Once approved, the Chair/program director submits the proposal via email to by the deadline.
  • REP applications are adjudicated by the International Opportunities Committee.

All undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty taking part in Arts & Science-funded international opportunities must meet the U of T Safety Abroad guidelines in order to participate. Support will be provided by the Professional and International Programs (PIP) office at Woodsworth College to ensure safety abroad requirements are met.

Timeframe Task
Early December Faculty members submit their completed project proposals to their chair or designate for approval by the departmental deadline.
By December 16, 2019 Units forward all project descriptions to
Early January The International Opportunities Committee adjudicates proposals and funding allocations. Applicants are notified of results.
January 31, 2020 Project details and application forms are posted online for students to apply.
By March 1, 2020 Students apply by submitting the 398H/Y application. Applications are forwarded to faculty supervisors, who choose the students for their project. The Office of the Dean will confirm student eligibility. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received funding for an Arts & Science international opportunity including REP, ICM, or DIIIF. Some exceptions may apply; please inquire for details.
March 30, 2020 Project supervisors forward their list of selected students to
By April 9, 2020 Students selected for an REP are informed by the Office of the Dean and enrolled on ACORN/ROSI. Supervisors sign contracts with students and return them to the program administrator.

If you have any questions, please email