Fall/Spring Brackenridge Research Fellowships

This fellowship is named for the founder of the University of Pittsburgh, Hugh Henry Brackenridge. It supports University of Pittsburgh undergraduates who conduct an independent research project, participate in an interdisciplinary weekly seminar in which Fellows present and discuss their projects, and attend a series of 3-4 faculty talks, workshops, and panel discussions. 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.

Awards will be divided evenly among arts/humanities, natural sciences/professional schools, and social sciences disciplines. The student Fellows must be able to attend one of the weekly student seminars (Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45AM OR Fridays, 4:00-5:15PM), which is also attended by students receiving a Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Research Fellowship. In addition, all of the Fellows are expected to attend the Honors College's Friday Faculty Talks and events (2:00 - 2:50 p.m.), in which faculty members will give presentations about their work, run interactive workshops, or participate in panel discussions on a range of topics. (Students who are unable to attend these sessions because of a schedule conflict will not necessarily be eliminated from consideration, though they are strongly encouraged to make room for them in their schedule, if possible; if this is not possible, they will be offered an alternative way to make up for missing the talks.)

Student Seminar

Tuesdays: 9:30-10:45AM


Fridays: 4:00-5:15 pm

The weekly seminar will give students the opportunity to share their research with one another through both class discussion and via TED-Talk-style presentations. Unlike, talks given to departments, these must be accessible to a broad, general audience and mostly free of jargon. Because the interdisciplinary interactions that occur in the seminar are paramount to the Brackenridge Research Fellowship, every effort will be made in the selection process to ensure there is an equal distribution of disciplines. 

Next Application Deadline

Monday, November 6th at 5:00PM

Who may apply

Undergraduate students on the Oakland campus who have identified a faculty member or graduate student who has agreed to work with them during the Fellowship. The fellowship is open to students from any field and any class, including freshmen as well as seniors.

Selection Criteria

Projects may be analytic or purely creative. The Brackenridge supports any form of research, scholarship, or creative work that is appropriate to a student’s discipline. 

Fellows are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Their academic record 
  • The quality and coherence of their proposal (Is it understandable to someone outside their discipline?)
  • The originality and promise of their proposed projects 
  • Their interdisciplinary interests and potential to contribute to the interdisciplinary community of students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied disciplines

While all types of proposals are strongly encouraged, special consideration will be given to projects that are interdisciplinary in nature (crossing the boundaries of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences). 

It is important to remember that unlike many other research proposals this one must be written in a manner that is understandable to a broad, non-expert audience, and therefore use minimal jargon.

How to apply

In consultation with the sponsoring faculty member the student must submit an application according to the instructions via the link below. All application materials must be received by the date specified above. The UHC will evaluate the proposals, and all Spring Term applicants will be notified of the decisions within roughly 30 days of the application deadline.


Application will be made available here on October 13th. 

The Awards

Each successful applicant will be awarded $800 for carrying out the proposed project. The funds are directly credited to the Fellow’s student account as a stipend; therefore, a student must be registered for courses during the term for which the fellowship is awarded.

Application materials required (detailed explanations of each item can be found in the application instructions above:

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

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all materials mentioned above and to ensure that the faculty mentor’s letter of recommendation is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please Remember

Application materials must be submitted by the deadline stated above. The application form will go live on the website on October 13th. For more information, please contact Jason Sepac (jason.sepac@pitt.edu).

Students are welcome to discuss their proposals with UHC advising staff and/or Jason Sepac prior to the formal submission.




List of Fellows

2017 Fall Term Brackenridge Fellows

2017 Spring Term Brackenridge Fellows

2016 Fall Term Brackenridge Fellows

2016 Spring Term Brackenridge Fellows

2015 Fall Term Brackenridge Fellows