Research Experience for Undergraduates Application


The current COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving and unpredictable situation that is limiting travel worldwide.  Part of our planning for the 2022 Philippines programs includes adhering to ever changing requirements set by participating academic institutions and governmental agencies of the US and the Republic of the Philippines as these respond to the pandemic.  The safety of students and staff is paramount in this process.  We are exploring alternatives to field research should it be determined that international travel will not be possible.


The Republic of the Philippines has opened its borders to travel by foreign tourists.  Visas are issued to foreigners who are 100%, or fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  We highly recommend applicants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a booster.  Applicants who are unable to obtain an entry visa will not be selected for the program.

Application period for summer 2022: August 23, 2021 – February 28, 2022.

2022 Research season: 8 weeks, starting late May or early June, pending status of COVID-19.

We want to thank you for your interest in the Philippines PIRE project REU summer internship.  The dates for the program, to be scheduled for summer semester 2022, are yet to be determined pending the status of COVID-19.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Republic of the Philippines is restricting travel and is not issuing visas to foreigners.  The Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control have heightened travel warnings to level 3, recommending the suspension and postponement of international student programs.  We intend to offer the program this year.  We look forward to receiving your applications.  Until then we wish you the greatest success in all your endeavors!

Thank you for your interest in the Philippines PIRE Project REU program.  Applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.  Students from non participating institutions should consider applying to our partner program, Philippines International Research Experience for Students.

Referees click below to submit a recommendation:

You will need the student’s full name, university student identification number, and academic e-mail address.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Recommendation Form

Students applicants:

Please read these instructions carefully.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Requirements for a complete application:

1. Completely fill in the mandatory sections and click submit at the end. Mandatory questions are noted by a red asterisk.  We recommend completing the optional questions as well.  You will not be able to save your work in progress.  We recommend reviewing the application and preparing your answers to them ahead of time, as well as having items 2 and 4 on hand to complete the application in one session.

2. Be prepared to upload the following documents with this form, scanned or electronic versions are acceptable.  Ensure you have them ready for upload prior to continuing. Only .doc and .pdf files will be accepted.

a. College transcripts for all accredited institutions attended, (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
b. A resume
c. Pertinent certifications (AAUS, Diver). If you have more than on certification of the same type, only upload the most advanced certification.  Note: this is not required for program participation, however they must be submitted if the applicant is certified.

Name your files with your last name and university acronym as follows:

Arizona State University – asu
Old Dominion University – odu
Rutgers University – ru
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – tamucc

For example if your last name is Carpenter and you go to Old Dominion University, name your file carpenterodu.

3. Arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted. The most effective letter writers are those who can speak about your potential for the REU program (i.e. field scientific research). Usually, these will be college professors or other mentors. Academic references are preferred. At least one reference must be of doctoral level. Provide your full name, university name, university student identification number, academic e-mail address, and the link to the Reference Letter Form to each letter writer. Reference letters should be filled out directly by the letter writers, not by the applicant. The Reference Letter Form may be found at the top of the page.

This program requires participants to travel to the Republic of the Philippines. A passport is required to participate and apply. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the date of return to the US set by the program.

Questions about the application process should be sent to Other methods of application are not valid and will result in an unprocessed application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Application documents must be received by the program application deadline.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are submitted before the application deadline.

Please complete the form with the link provided below.  Google chrome works best.  Open this page while logged in to google with your university credentials.

REU Application Form