World Research Assistantship Program (WRAP)

Summer 2020 Program Description

What is the World Research Assistantship Program?

The World Research Assistantship Program (WRAP), formerly the Wharton Global Research Internship Program WGRIP), 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. 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.

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.

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 application deadline has passed. 

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).

Bennett“I spent the summer…conducting research across India and China. While exploring the startup ecosystems in these countries, I found something I was not looking for – a massive Wharton global network.” Read more

Bennett Sultan, GRIP 2015