Visiting Undergraduate Research Program

Due to the evolving situation around COVID-19,  NYUAD has made the decision to suspend the program this summer. We look forward to resuming the program in summer 2021.

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

The Visiting 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.

2020 Application Details

Application Deadline March 30, 2020  5pm GST
Program Dates June 1 - July 23, 2020
Program Costs and Logistics
Meals, on-campus housing, local transportation, and flight costs associated with the positions are paid for by the Office of Undergraduate Research, and NYUAD is responsible for the logistical arrangements involved. Please note visiting undergraduate students will not receive a stipend or salary as part of the program.

Eligibility Criteria

Summer 2020 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 also 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).