Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Research Fellowship

About the Fellowship

These semester-long fellowships support undergraduate researchers in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who are at the early stages of their academic careers. They are intended for students with little to no prior research experience. Fellows work with a graduate student or faculty mentor who teaches them the research methods of the field and assists them in conducting their individual research projects. Undergraduate fellows receive a $500 award for their work during the spring 2018 semester. Graduate student mentors may also be eligible for a $500 award for their service as a mentor during the semester (see details in “Mentoring” section below). The fellowship has been designed to provide research experiences early in the academic careers of students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


In the interdisciplinary spirit of programs like the Brackenridge Research Fellowship, the program also aims to expose students to a range of perspectives and research by facilitating a weekly 1-credit seminar in which students will present their research alongside Brackenridge Research Fellows. Fellows are also expected to attend a series of faculty talks and events throughout the semester (Fridays from 2:00-2:50PM).

Students will be required to attend one of the weekly 1-credit seminars (Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45AM OR Fridays, 4:00-5:15PM).


Students will be responsible for identifying their own mentor prior to applying to this program. Applicants are encouraged to seek recommendations for mentors from department faculty or advisors. Students may also contact Jason Sepac ( for recommendations or guidance on the process.

Important note: All faculty, pre-doctoral fellows (e.g. Mellon, A&S, IAF, SSDD, etc.), and international students are NOT eligible for payment for their mentoring due to restrictions in their contracts and visas. They are welcome and encouraged to serve as mentors, but they must be willing to do so on a voluntary basis. Graduate students not falling into the categories above may be eligible for a $500 award for their work with their mentee and should contact Jason Sepac to determine eligibility. 

Students are required to meet privately at least twice per month with their mentor. Mentors are expected to work with students to develop strong research methods and to suggest relevant readings, opportunities, and resources.

End Product

By the end of the semester, students are required to produce a 3-4 page summary of what they have been working on during the semester, which their mentor must approve. 


Monday, November 6th by 5:00PM

Who may apply?

A student must meet the following criteria:

    • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student on the Oakland campus
    • Has completed or is currently enrolled in at least 1 course in his or her area of research at the University of Pittsburgh
    • Earned at least 12 credits at the University of Pittsburgh
    • Has had little or NO prior formal research training in the area of intended research (e.g. research fellowships or independent studies, paid or for credit). If you have done research in Physics, for example, but now want to research a topic in Art History, you are still eligible. 
    • Has a 3.25 cumulative GPA (You will not necessarily be disqualified if your GPA is below 3.25, but if it is, please take a moment in your statement of interest to address it.)
    • Has declared or plans to declare a major or minor in the area in which he or she wishes to perform research or has demonstrated substantial interest in the area in some other way (MUST BE a discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences)

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

    • A statement of about 500 words identifying and explaining your interests and motivation.
    • A proposal of about 500 words for the type of research project you'd like to pursue. Please review the application instructions below before writing your proposal.
    • A letter of recommendation from your selected mentor.


Read Application Instructions Here

The Award

Selected fellows will be awarded $500 for their work during the semester. The funds will be deposited directly to their student account within the first three weeks of the semester.


If you have any questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Jason Sepac (