Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowships

These fellowships are named for Hugh Brackenridge (1748-1816), the founder of the University of Pittsburgh. They support undergraduate students on the Oakland campus while they devote themselves 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 fully 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.

In addition to working on their individual research projects, all Fellows must attend weekly seminars during which students present reports on their research and field questions from the audience. Fellows are also expected to attend talks 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 11-13, 2015 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 Summer 2015 Brackenridge Program Information Session presentation is available here (PPT).

The deadline for submitting applications for Summer 2015 Fellowships is March 2, 2015.

If you want to be considered for the HCHS Program as well, you should write prominently "I also want to be considered for the HCHS Program" on the top of the cover sheet for the Brackenridge application and submit this application to the Honors College by the March 2, 2015 deadline. The Honors College will send a copy of your application materials to the HCHS Coordinator by their March 6, 2015 deadline.

The 2015 Summer Brackenridge application form is available here (PDF).

Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application by April 3, 2015.

2015 Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship Recipients

2014 Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship Recipients