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.

Deadlines

For the 2016 Spring Term: NOVEMBER 16, 2015

Who may apply

Undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh (Oakland campus) who plan to enroll in a graduate seminar being taught by a faculty member working in the humanities or social sciences during the upcoming spring term may apply. Students also must be registered for courses full time during the term for which the fellowship is awarded. Preference will be given to applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.25.

How to apply

The student and the sponsoring faculty member must make a joint application according to the guidelines listed below. Application materials must be received by the University Honors College (3600 Cathedral of Learning) by the date specified above. The UHC will evaluate the proposals, and all applicants will be notified of decisions shortly after the application deadline.

Projects for which awards are made

Successful applications will show evidence that: a) the student’s emerging area of research interest shows promise; b) the student’s enrollment in the graduate seminar presents an opportunity to develop and focus that research interest; and c) there is a detailed and feasible plan for enabling the faculty and mentor to meet separately, outside of the graduate seminar, to hone the student’s research proposal. NOTE: In addition to enrolling in the graduate seminar, students may register for 1 credit of directed research or independent study through the faculty mentor’s home department.

The awards

Each Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research fellow will be awarded $800. The funds are directly credited to the fellow's student account by the financial aid office; therefore, a student must be enrolled full time (i.e., enrolled in at least 12 credits) during the term for which the fellowship is awarded. Additionally, students can be awarded only one Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research fellowship during their entire undergraduate career at Pitt.

Application materials

Download the application

Application materials are due in the Honors Center, University Honors College (3600 Cathedral of Learning), on or before the date specified above. For more information, please contact Gordon Mitchell (gordonm@pitt.edu)