World Research Assistantship Program (WRAP)

Summer 2021 Program Description

What is the World Research Assistantship Program?

The World Research Assistantship Program (WRAP), formerly the Wharton Global Research Internship Program (GRIP), gives Wharton undergraduate students the opportunity to serve as a research assistant at a foreign university or think tank and conduct business-related research for 8-12 weeks during the summer months. Students will work under the guidance of a research advisor at the foreign institution. Projects will culminate in an oral presentation and written reflection paper.

Participants will receive a taxable award of up to $6,000 for approved travel and lodging expenses.¹ An initial installment of $3,000 will be distributed in April so that students may begin to make travel arrangements. A second installment to cover up to an additional $3,000 will be distributed in the fall, after all required receipts for travel and lodging expenses are properly submitted and approved and a written research summary submitted.

What are the program requirements?

While engaged in the research program, participants are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week focusing on the research project and not accept alternative employment exceeding 20 hours per week or take more than one concurrent summer course. Students also must agree to:

  • Assist in a research project at a foreign university or think tank for 8-12 weeks during the summer months under the guidance of a research advisor at the foreign institution.
  • Have the research advisor at the foreign institution send a Wharton faculty advisor (identified by the student) and the director of research and scholars programs a description of the research project and the nature of the role you will play in that research by the spring semester deadline (TBD).
  • Submit a written research summary describing the nature of the research project, your activities in support of that project, and possible implications for undergraduate research at Wharton by the September deadline (TBD).
  • Present your research at a symposium in the fall or spring semester after your research summer.
  • Submit all required receipts for travel and lodging expenses by the September deadline (TBD) in order to receive the second award installment.
  • Submit a blog post or complete a Q&A student participant profile to communicate your research experience and/or findings to a broader audience (e.g., stewardship and web promotion).
  • Non-compliance with the above deadlines could result in forfeiture of the award.

How do students apply?

All Wharton undergraduates in good standing are eligible.

Applicants must have a Wharton faculty member serve as their faculty advisor who can provide guidance on the proposed project and make a connection on behalf of the student with an appropriate university or think tank abroad. NOTE: Applicants should not reach out to any foreign institutions before application decisions are made. After acceptance into the program, participants will work with their faculty advisors to make connections abroad.

For information to assist in identifying a faculty advisor with expertise in your area of interest, please visit the Wharton faculty profiles >>

A successful proposal should generally include a compelling, well-thought-out concept, evidence of strong academic achievement by the applicant, and an outstanding essay.

The second-round application deadline is February 25, 2021.

Applications may continue to be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis. Email your interest to Dr. Utsav Schurmans at

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the program, first review the WRAP FAQ. If you have additional questions, you may contact Dr. Utsav Schurmans, Director of Research and Scholars Programs (, 215-898-0285).

Tanvi “It was an exciting experience being able to work with U.S. public health data since I was able to analyze some of my own experiences with our health-care system and bring in historical/social issues that I thought were relevant to the dataset.” Read more

Tanvi Kongara, WRAP 2020

Nia Robinson“My advice to anyone wanting to do GRIP? Be prepared to learn about yourself and grow. I have never spent that long in a foreign country and as a result, I learned a lot about not only research, but also being independent and growing outside your comfort zone.” Read more

Nia Robinson, GRIP 2019

¹ Monetary awards constitute taxable income. If you are a U.S. citizen, taxes will not be withheld from your award, but you will receive a 1099 tax form from the University of Pennsylvania at the end of the year for tax reporting purposes. If you are an international student, the University will withhold 30% of your award amount for tax purposes, barring any tax treaties that may exist with your home country. International students can find information about Penn’s tax policies at the Office of the Comptroller.