Fletcher Research Internship


The Fletcher Research Internship program is designed to provide students contemplating graduate work at BYU the opportunity to participate in meaningful research at the university and familiarize themselves with the professors and facilities. There are exciting opportunities in a number of areas including optics / laser science, computer modeling, plasmas, solid state and thin film science, acoustics, theory, and astronomy.  International students are welcome to apply.

Undergraduate participants will be paid $7,000 (based on the total number of hours worked) for 10 forty-hour weeks, housing*, a food stipend, and help with travel when needed. The program will be June 3, 2024 - August 9, 2024 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Applications and recommendation letters are due Feb 5, 2024.

* pending that all program requirements are met

Click here to apply for FRI


Applications must be received by February 5, 2024 to receive full consideration. Click on the menu links above for more information, and the link above to apply online.  The application, managed by the academicjobs.org website, will ask you for the following:

  • Your GPA and your major GPA
  • A list of the physics and math courses you have taken/are taking, with grades
  • Your top four choices of advisors, and why you are interested in their projects (see “Projects” link for details on available advisors)
  • A short paragraph on how participating in the BYU Fletcher program will help further your academic and career goals
  • A short paragraph on what attracts you to the BYU graduate program and why you are considering coming to BYU for graduate school.
  • A one page resume to include with your application
  • Contact information (email addresses) for two individuals who will write letters of recommendation for you


Undergraduates in the Fletcher program must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university and be graduating after September 2024. Students should be strongly considering graduate work at BYU.  All participants must be eligible to work in the United States.  Other program requirements also exist for students from CES-based schools such as BYU-Idaho or BYU-Hawaii.  For any questions about these requirements, please contact heather_peterson@byu.edu to describe your situation.

REU Program

The Fletcher Research Program has a sister summer research program called REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), which is funded by the National Science Foundation.  The two programs exist concurrently and have many of the same goals. Those interested in applying for the Fletcher Research Internship may also apply for REU.  However, international students may not apply for REU and should only apply for the Fletcher Program.  For more information on the REU program, see here: https://reu.byu.edu/.