Fall and Spring Research Opportunities

The UHC provides these research programs in the fall and spring terms. Undergraduate students who are interested should choose between the following:

Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship supports student involvement in independent research under the direction of a faculty mentor. Up to ten $800 fellowships, administered by the University Honors College (UHC), are offered to encourage the enrichment of the students' experience in defining objectives and selecting methodologies appropriate to original research in their chosen field of study. The fellowships are available for one term, either fall or spring.

Fall/Spring Brackenridge Research Fellowships

The Brackenridge Fellowships support University of Pittsburgh undergraduates conducting independent research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. The fellowship awards a stipend of $800; in addition to the research, it requires students to register for 1 credit of research and participate in two weekly seminars: one in which Fellows present and discuss their research projects, and one in which some of the faculty mentors talk about their work to the assembled students.

Fall/Spring Community-Based Research Fellowships

These fellowships support University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students while they are conducting community-based research projects. Research projects must investigate an issue in the local community. The Fellowship awards a stipend of $800 for a semester. It also requires the Fellows to participate in bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminars during the semester in which Fellows report on their research progress and reflect on how different disciplines enact social change. Fellows must also prepare a final report for the University Honors College, their faculty mentor, and community partner that details their research efforts and their findings.

Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Seminar Research Fellowships

This fellowship opportunity is intended to support development of a research proposal by an undergraduate student working under the direction of a faculty mentor who is teaching a graduate seminar in the humanities or social sciences during the fellowship term. In addition to enrolling in the graduate seminar, the undergraduate fellow will meet with the faculty mentor separately during the term to generate a research proposal that is informed by the graduate seminar curriculum and reflects the student’s developing research interests. A limited number of fellowships will be available for the 2016 Spring Term.

Mary Ellen Callahan Undergraduate Student Research Fund

This award will be given to support University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students conducting independent research projects in the social sciences. This work is separate from the Brackenridge Research Program, but can involve work on a BPhil thesis, and it can take place any time of the year including the summer months.

Research Fellowship in Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

These semester-long fellowships will support undergraduate researchers in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who are at the early stages of their academic careers. Indeed, they are intended for students with little to no prior research experience. Additionally, they will facilitate mentorship with a current graduate student. Accepted fellows will be paired with a mentor based on mutual research interests. Mentors will teach students the research methods of the field and assist them in conducting their individual research projects. Both the undergraduate fellows and their graduate student mentors will receive a $500 award for their interactive work during the spring 2016 semester. 

The Tina & David Bellet Brackenridge Research Fellowship

An undergraduate student will be selected for this award before participating in either the summer or semester Brackenridge Research Fellows Program. The award will be given to an undergraduate student pursuing independent research with a focus on business, economics, and/or entrepreneurship.