Honors Research Grants

Honors Research Grants support independent undergraduate student research under the direction of a faculty mentor. Each recipient is awarded $800 for a single semester. Applications are encouraged from all disciplines.


Monday, November 6th at 5:00PM

Who may apply

Undergraduate students who are sponsored by and working with a faculty member during the upcoming 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.

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 within roughly 30 days of 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 the project or some appropriate aspect of it.

Projects may be analytic or purely creative. Grants are awarded on the basis of the applicant’s academic record, the quality of the proposal, the originality and promise of their proposed projects.

The awards

Each Awardee will be granted $800 for 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.

Application materials


  • Basic Application Form (available October 13th)
  • 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).


Faculty Mentor:

  • 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.

Please Remember

Application materials must be submitted by the date specified above. For more information, please contact Jason Sepac (jason.sepac@pitt.edu).


Online application will be made available on October 13th. Students are encouraged to begin working on their application materials now.