Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities

Students involved in research under the mentorship of a faculty member who are interested in funding their own projects can explore the variety of funding opportunities available to undergraduate students. Some students apply for this funding while pursuing an honors project in Psychology and/or a BPhil degree through the University Honors College (UHC). Check each program for deadline information.

University Honors College (UHC) awards

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 is intended to support 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 Fellowship supports University of Pittsburgh undergraduates conducting independent research projects and a discussion of progress in a weekly seminar. The fellowship awards a stipend of $800; in addition, it requires students to register for 1 credit of research and participate in one or two weekly seminars: a mandatory one in which students discuss each other's research progress, and an optional one in which faculty mentors present their work to the assembled students.

Fall/Spring Community-Based Research Fellowships

The community-based research framework directly applies the research process to investigating pertinent issues in the community. The undergraduate researcher works with a community, community leader, or non-profit organization to develop a research project that seeks to explore and address an issue that is important to the given community. The results or outcomes of the research are intended to inform actions for positive social change. The Fellowship awards a stipend of $800 for a semester; in addition, it requires the Fellows to participate in bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminars during the semester in which Fellows will 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.

Mary Ellen Callahan Undergraduate Student Research Fund

The Callahan Research Fund supports University of Pittsburgh undergraduates conducting independent research projects in the social sciences. All participants receive a stipend for their work to encourage commitment to their research. Students may also receive reimbursement for travel and other research-related expenses. The fellowship is open to undergraduate social science researchers who can be from any class, including freshmen and seniors.

G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Awards

As the University Honors College marked its 25th anniversary in 2012, it inaugurated the G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Awards to honor its founding Dean who provided the vision for the College and guided its influence at the University during its first 23 years. These Awards recognize students in their junior year* who are judged to best symbolize the values of the UHC and of the University generally. Up to four students will be selected annually for this Award, each to receive a prize of $1,000.

The Tina & David Bellet Brackenridge Research Fellowship

This award will provide financial support to undergraduate students pursuing independent research with a focus on business, economics and/or entrepreneurship as part of the Brackenridge Research Fellows Program. The recipient can participate in either the summer or semester Brackenridge Research Fellows Program.

 

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants to join a diverse community of undergraduate scholars and researchers from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Awardees enroll in a one credit seminar, ARTSC 0125 Special Topics in Research, and receive $3,500 to support 12 weeks of independent research and scholarship during the summer term.

Fall Undergraduate Research Awards
As a fall Undergraduate Research Award recipient, you will join other students in the pursuit of an independent research project. You will receive a stipend of $1,000 in recognition of the quality of your project, and you will participate in three interdisciplinary workshops co-hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity and the Academic Resource Center. These workshops provide you with the opportunity to engage in conversations across disciplines and to acquire an appreciation for the diverse range of research being conducted at the University.

Spring Undergraduate Research Awards
As a spring Undergraduate Research Award recipient, you will join other students in the pursuit of an independent research project. You will receive a stipend of $1,000 in recognition of the quality of your project, and you will participate in three interdisciplinary workshops co-hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity and the Academic Resource Center. These workshops provide you with the opportunity to engage in conversations across disciplines and to acquire an appreciation for the diverse range of research being conducted at the University.

Center for Translational Mental Health Research Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program awards highly talented undergraduate students with fellowships to perform early-career, hands-on engagement in cutting edge neuroscience research. Research opportunities focus on schizophrenia and related disorders and are primarily translational in approach; that is, the research approach begins with clinical observations about the disease process that are converted into hypotheses that can be tested in the more tractable conditions of the laboratory in order to guide the development of novel therapeutic interventions.

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition funding

Many CNBC faculty supervise undergraduates in their laboratories either as paid research assistants or as part of research courses associated with the faculty member's home department. Special opportunities for undergraduate research are also provided by the programs listed below. Two of these programs are specifically run through the CNBC, while the others are run by various other departments, but have participation by many CNBC faculty. 

 

External funding for undergrads (NSF and NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

NIH Research Experiences for Undergraduates

PROGRAMS FOR ALL DEGREE LEVELS

The Summer Internship Program (SIP)

SIP welcomes eligible high school, college, graduate, and professional students to spend eight to ten weeks conducting biomedical research with NIH investigators.

PROGRAMS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)The UGSP provides up to $20,000 in scholarship support per year to eligible undergraduates who are pursuing degrees in fields related to biomedical research.

 

Post-baccalaureate awards

Hot Metal scholars program

The Hot Metal Bridge Program at the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh is a new two-semester (fall and spring) post-baccalaureate fellowship program (including tuition and stipend) for up to nine fellows who will help us meet our diversity goals. The point of the HMBP is to bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and a graduate training program, and to help individuals prepare themselves for a successful program of doctoral studies.

The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Program

The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) is a biomedical research program that enables eligible recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH.

The NIH Academy

The NIH Academy is a year-long biomedical research program (renewable for a second year) at the NIH for eligible recent college graduates who (1) are planning to apply to graduate or professional school and (2) wish to pursue an interest in domestic health disparities.