Brackenridge Summer 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.

Brackenridge Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for the summer (mid-May through early August) 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 May 16-18, 2016 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.

Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic record, the originality and promise of their proposed project (which may be analytic or purely creative), and their willingness to help create and participate in an interdisciplinary community of students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied disciplines. An effort will be made to achieve roughly equal representation from these four areas among the Fellows who are selected. Other qualifications being equal, preference will be given to applicants who have not held a Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship previously.

Questions about the Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship program should be directed to Dr. Peter Koehler (

The deadline for submitting applications for Summer 2016 Fellowships is February 29, 2016.

If you want to be considered for the HCHS Program as well, you should complete the Brackenridge / HCHS Application Form and write "Yes" in the box that asks about your interest in the HCHS Program. The Honors College will send a copy of your application materials to the HCHS Coordinator.


BRACKENRIDGE / HCHS FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM: Type in all requested information, then print out the Brackenridge / HCHS Application Form (PDF).

INSTRUCTION SHEET: Print out and follow the detailed Instruction Sheet (PDF).

Submit the following four items along with the Brackenridge / HCHS Application Form:

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

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all materials mentioned above by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application by April 8, 2016.

Lists of Past Fellows

2015 Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship Recipients

2014 Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship Recipients