Fellowship Opportunities

Brackenridge Undergraduate Research Fellowships

These fellowships are named for Hugh Brackenridge (1748-1816), the founder of the University of Pittsburgh. They support full-time undergraduate students on the Oakland campus while they devote full-effort to conducting an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. These Fellowships are open to undergraduates from any field.

Who may apply

Full-time, undergraduate students on the Oakland campus who are sponsored by and working with a full-time faculty member during the Fellowship. The fellowship is open students from any field and any class, including freshmen as well as seniors.

Fall/Spring

These awards support University of Pittsburgh undergraduates who conduct an independent research project, participate in a weekly seminar in which Fellows present and discuss their projects, and attend a series of (almost) weekly faculty lectures. The fellowship awards a stipend of $800; in addition, it requires students to register for 1 credit of research. Please note that if the 1 credit pushes a fellowship winner over 18 credits, with special permission the Fellow may register for this credit in a later term.

Approximately 20-25 awards will be made each term. The student Fellows must be able to attend one of two weekly student seminars and the Honors College's Friday Faculty Lectures (2:00 - 2:50 p.m.), when faculty members will give presentations about their work. (Students who are unable to attend the faculty presentations because of a schedule conflict will not necessarily be eliminated from consideration; they will be offered an alternative way to make up for missing these lectures.)

Projects may be analytic or purely creative. Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic record,the quality of the proposal, the originality and promise of their proposed projects, as well as their aspiration to create and participate in an interdisciplinary community of students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied disciplines.

Brackenridge Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for the summer (mid-May through July) to assure that they can devote themselves full-time to their projects and the associated responsibilities without having to support themselves by means of a summer job. Fellows may not take a summer course or hold a summer job. Approximately 40 to 45 awards will be made.

In addition to working on their individual research projects, all Fellows must be available to attend weekly seminars during which students present reports on their research, a series of lectures given by some of the faculty mentors throughout the summer, and the 2½-day retreat of the entire group on the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown campus (tentatively scheduled for May 15-17, 2017) which starts the summer program. Students are also encouraged to participate in informal workshops, typically initiated by the Fellows themselves, which allow further discussions of their research projects and other subjects of interest.

For more information, including deadlines and how to apply, please visit this link.

 

CNUP Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Each summer, the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) sponsors a 10-week program in which selected undergraduate students conduct research investigating diverse aspects of nervous system function under the guidance of individual CNUP training faculty. The 2017 CNUP Summer Undergraduate Research Program will begin on Tuesday, May 30. The program includes a $3,500 stipend, housing at no cost in a double-occupancy, on-campus dormitory, and a ConnectCard to ride Port Authority public transportation buses.

Program Goals

To give qualified students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-driven laboratory research in neuroscience.
To teach the technical features of a research project. These may include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, molecular biology, brain imaging, computer simulations, neuropsychology or behavioral assessments.

Who may apply

  • Appplicants must have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate training before the start of the program.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 ("B") or higher; strong performance in science, math, and related coursework is especially important.
  • Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. college or university.
  • International applicants will be required to provide official authorization for Optional Practical Training (OPT) from their home institution, prior to their arrival in Pittsburgh.

Note: Students who envision their future in clinical medicine typically will not be competitive for this fellowship, unless that vision also includes an important potential role for laboratory-based neuroscience research.

For more information, including deadlines how to apply, please visit this link.

 

CTMHR Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

The Center for Translational Mental Health Research (CTMHR) Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides highly talented undergraduate students with early-career, hands-on engagement in cutting edge neuroscience research. Research opportunities focus on schizophrenia and related disorders, and the neurobiological systems behind these illnesses. Fellows begin the program during the summer following the freshman or sophomore year with a full-time, 10-week research experience supported by a $4,000 stipend.

Who may apply

The program is designed for students enrolled at an institution in the greater Pittsburgh area. Only students in their freshman or sophomore years are eligible to apply. 

For more information, including deadlines and how to apply, please visit this link.

 

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.

Who may apply

Undergraduate students who are sponsored by and working with a faculty member during the upcoming fall or spring term may apply. Students also must be registered for courses full time during the term for which the fellowship is awarded. Preference is given to applicants with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

PLEASE NOTE: Students can apply for both the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship and a Fall/Spring Brackenridge Fellowship in the same term; however, because the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship are awarded before the Fall/Spring Brackenridge Fellowships are awarded, if offered a Chancellor's Undergradate Research Fellowship, your name will be withdrawn from consideration for the Fall/Spring Brackenridge Fellowship in that term.

For more information, including deadlines and how to apply, please visit this link.

 

Chancellor's Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships

Ten $800 undergraduate teaching fellowships, awarded for joint student-faculty teaching projects and administered by the University Honors College (UHC), are available for each term.

These fellowships are offered to encourage the enrichment of course offerings and to improve teaching through the collaboration of faculty members with students in the planning and implementation of creative teaching projects. The fellowships are available for one term, either fall or spring.

Who may apply

Undergraduate students who are sponsored by and working with a faculty member teaching an undergraduate-level course during the upcoming fall or spring term may apply for a fellowship. Although it is not necessary that the applicants complete the course they wish to participate in teaching, superior background and knowledge of the course is expected. Students also must be registered for courses full time during the term for which the fellowship is awarded. Preference is given to applicants with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

For more information, including deadlines and how to apply, please visit this link.

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards

The Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity) provide a $3,500 stipend to conduct independent research over the course of the summer. Titles of recent SURA topics range from "Internet Memes and Popular Culture" to "The Mirror and the Mind: Medieval Literary Mirrors and the Neuroscience of the Mirror Response." SURA recipients also enroll in a 12-week summer SURA course to learn how to communicate their research findings to a general audience.

As part of the summer awards program, all SURA recipients participate in an ethics workshop where ethics case studies are discussed with Dietrich School faculty and staff members from the Academic Resource Center and OUR. Because ethical concerns are inherent in every kind of research, the ethics workshop provides students, faculty, and staff with a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the kinds of ethical concerns that will guide young scholars far into the future.

Who may apply

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • is in good academic standing;
  • has earned a minimum of 30 credits of academic work;
  • has declared a disciplinary major; and
  • has a faculty mentor within the project discipline who will be responsible for the oversight of the project.

For more information, including deadlines and how to apply, please visit this link.