Research Opportunities Program

The Research Opportunities Program (ROP) gives faculty from across Arts & Science the chance to engage second- and third-year undergraduate students in their research projects. Faculty gain valuable research assistance and students develop research skills while earning course credit.


  • Faculty complete a simple electronic form that describes their research project and how students will participate. All submissions are due January 15th, 2021.
  • Applicants who hold continuing undergraduate appointments in the Faculty of Arts & Science are eligible to receive $750 to $2,000 in research stipends in support of their projects.
  • Faculty members from divisions outside of Arts & Science who hold appointments on the St. George campus are welcome to submit ROP projects and supervise students but are not eligible for the ROP research stipend.
  • Faculty may co-direct ROPs if appropriate.
  • All ROP applications require approval by the Department Chair or designate.
  • New this year: Faculty may choose to offer a traditional Y course at 1.0 FCE value OR may submit a shorter-term H course project proposal valued at 0.5 FCE for either the Fall or Winter terms.
  • Historically, more ROPs have been offered in the Sciences; we encourage more faculty from Social Sciences and Humanities to consider offering ROPs. Please consult with us to learn more about creative ways to make use of the ROP in your discipline.

Information Sessions

Register for the upcoming information sessions for faculty and administrators interested in learning about the program and to guide you through the CLNx online application tool.

  • Friday, November 27, 11–11:30 am
  • Wednesday, December 2, 4–4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2–2:30 pm
  • Applicants must hold a continuing undergraduate appointment at St. George campus.
  • Faculty members who hold U of T appointments in divisions that do not offer Arts & Science undergraduate programs are eligible and welcome to apply. Application Deadline: January 15th, 2021.
Task Deadline for Completion
ROP Faculty Supervisors familiarize themselves with the instructions on how to complete the application for CLNx. ROP Faculty Supervisors complete the online application form via CLNx January 15, 2021
ROP Administrator sends faculty application(s) to Department Chair for review. Chair or designate approves projects electronically through CLNx. (Instructions for Chairs on the approval steps will be provided directly by the ROP Administrator) January 29, 2021
All Chair-approved ROP projects reviewed by the multi-disciplinary ROP Adjudication Committee February 5 – 12, 2021
Faculty informed of the status of their ROP project February 19, 2021
ROP Projects posted live on CLNx for student applications February 22 – March 25, 2021
Applications close March 26, 2021
Faculty supervisors receive Summer application bundles April 1, 2021
Faculty supervisors receive Fall and Winter application bundles April 16, 2021
Faculty interview and select Summer 2021 students  April 23, 2021
Faculty interview and select Fall term, Winter term and Fall/Winter 2021-22 students May 28, 2021

Faculty are encouraged to read the information about ROPs provided to students for descriptions of past projects, student eligibility, and other general FAQ.

For ROP questions, or for consultation and feedback on new ROP ideas, faculty are encouraged to reach out to the office of Experiential Learning & Outreach Support at