Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities

The University Honors College

The University Honors College offers opportunities to all undergraduate students. For students with talent, drive, and curiosity, the UHC is a combination delivery system and support structure which seeks to maximize academic growth through individual effort and personal satisfaction.  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 details and deadline information.  Awards available in fall, spring and summer terms. 

 

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.