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.
The last working day of October for the following spring term
The last working day of March for the following fall term
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. 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Brackenridge Fellowships are awarded, if offered a Chancellor's Undergradate Research Fellowship, your name will be withdrawn from consideration for the Fall/Spring Brackenridge Fellowship in that term.
How to apply
The student and the sponsoring faculty member must make a joint application according to the guidelines listed below. Application materials must be received by the University Honors College (3600 Cathedral of Learning) by the date specified above. The UHC will evaluate the proposals, and all applicants will be notified of decisions shortly after the application deadline.
Projects for which awards are made
A successful proposal will show evidence that the project includes a well-defined role for the student in the research endeavor as well as indicating the specific objectives of the student's research. The proposal should clearly indicate that the student will retain some independent responsibility for some appropriate aspect of the project.
Each Chancellor's Undergraduate Research fellow will be awarded $800 for participation in the proposed project. The funds are directly credited to the fellow's student account by the financial aid office; therefore, a student must be enrolled full-time (i.e., enrolled in at least 12 credits) during the term for which the fellowship is awarded. Additionally, students can be awarded only one Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship during their entire undergraduate career at Pitt.
- Cover Sheet - Complete this sheet (PDF) and include it with the application.
- Project Description - Provide a description of your proposed project, emphasizing your interests and goals, your preparation for this project, an explanation of how your project relates to current research in the field, and the methodology you will use to complete your project.
- Academic Record - Provide a copy of your current transcript (it may be unofficial).
- Nomination Letter – Please describe the student’s role in the project; evaluate the student’s potential for successful completion of the project; and detail your role in guiding the student, including how you will prepare the student for the project, how you will guide the student throughout the course of the project, and how you will evaluate the project at its completion.
Application materials are due in the Honors Center, University Honors College (3600 Cathedral of Learning), on or before the date specified above. For more information, please contact David Hornyak (firstname.lastname@example.org).