Visiting Student Summer Undergraduate Research Program

NYU Abu Dhabi welcomes the unique experiences and insights visiting students bring to the university and region.

The Visiting Student Summer Undergraduate Research Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at NYU New York, NYU Shanghai, and UAE-based universities to take part in research projects at NYUAD over the summer.

Summer positions, eligibility criteria, and the application process can be found below. Students are welcome to apply to more than one position but must submit a separate application for each position they are applying for.

Professor David Holland speaks with undergraduate students at NYU Abu Dhabi.

2021 Application Details

Application Deadline April 5, 2021  5pm GST
Program Dates Maximum duration is 35 hours per week from May 23–July 29, 2021.
Some projects take place for a shorter duration or number of hours. Please see individual projects below for further information.
Program Location Remote (home-based)
Program Costs and Logistics

This is a voluntary research position. Positions are usually based at NYUAD. However, due to COVID-19, all summer 2021 positions will take place remotely. Students will receive a one-off allowance of USD 200 to assist with any research-related costs.*

* If you are an NYU New York or NYU Shanghai student, this award is subject to approval from your home school financial aid office.

Eligibility Criteria

Summer 2021 Available Positions


The Visiting Undergraduate Research Program is a win-win situation for students and faculty. The program has allowed undergraduate students to get immersed in the world of research and bring a fresh viewpoint and approach to ongoing research being conducted. The diversity and different academic backgrounds of the students spark creativity and innovation into the research projects they work on. 

Borja Garcia de Soto, Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering; Director, S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group

Featured Research

Muhammad Haider creates a supersaturated solution of ROY, one of the most polymorphic compounds known today.

My research project focused on two compounds known as ROY and HCB. ROY is one of the most polymorphic compounds known today, meaning it can crystallize in several different forms such as prisms and needles. What is especially interesting about ROY is that seven of its known polymorphs are all stable at room temperature and standard pressure. 

- Muhammad Haider, NYU New York 

Social and Cultural Events

Visiting undergraduate research students can usually expect an energetic social calendar during their time here. This includes a welcome lunch, campus activities, and visits to key UAE cultural and social hotspots such as the Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding in Dubai (below).