Health Science Research Fellowships

In order to keep our community safe and healthy during these challenging times, the University Honors College will not be offering the Health Sciences Fellowship during the Summer 2021 term. We look forward to continuing this program in the Summer of 2022! For those interested in opportunities to pursue research in the summer of 2021, we encourage you to consider applying to the Brackenridge Fellowship, which is able to be offered virtually as needed. Stay safe and healthy, and we will look forward to working with you next summer!

Health Sciences Fellowship (formerly known as HCHS / HEAL) recipients receive a stipend of $4,000 for the summer term (mid-May through August) so they can dedicate themselves full-time to conducting an independent biomedical research project under the mentorship of faculty members in any of the six schools of the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences. Fellows may not take a summer course or work a summer job.

In addition to active participation in a research project, the Health Sciences Fellowship requires all Fellows to attend a weekly half-day seminar during which Fellows present reports on their research and address questions from the other Fellows. Fellows also are expected to attend several talks presented by health sciences faculty mentors throughout the summer. Research topics cover a broad range within the health sciences, from cell and molecular biology to public health and psychiatry. Only rising juniors and seniors may apply. The expected number of Fellows is 10-12, all with career interests in the health sciences.

Health Sciences Research Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic record, the experience they have had in working in the research laboratory of their faculty mentor, the strength of the endorsement expressed in the letter of recommendation from the mentor, the originality and promise of their proposed research project, and their willingness to participate in a community of scholars with cross disciplinary approaches to create innovative solutions to problems of human health and disease. Prior to applying, students must have identified a faculty mentor and selected a research project. 

If you would like to apply for both the Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship and the Health Sciences Fellowship, you must fill out two separate applications. They are distinctly different programs, so your proposals should be substantially different. While the Brackenridge consists of a variety of majors from across humanities, social sciences, professional schools, and natural sciences, the Health Science Fellowship is focused solely on biomedical research projects. You cannot be awarded both the Brackenridge and Health Science Fellowship.

Application Deadline

February 2022 (exact date TBA)

Admissions decisions will be made within about 30 days of the application deadline.

How to Apply

In consultation with the sponsoring faculty member the student must submit an application via the link below. All application materials must be received by the date specified above. The UHC will evaluate the proposals, and all applicants will be notified of the decisions within roughly 30 days of the application deadline.

The Awards

Application materials required:

  • A Project Proposal
  • A brief Statement of Interest in the Community
  • An up-to-date Academic Transcript
  • A Letter of Recommendation from your Faculty Mentor

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all materials mentioned above and to ensure that the faculty mentor’s letter of recommendation is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Questions regarding the Honors College Health Sciences Summer Research Fellowship Program may be directed to Dr. Teresa Hastings (

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