Student Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Student Work in the Humanities


  • Creative Arts Fellowship $4,000 for part-time work and workshops in spring, then full-time project focus in summer. Broaden your artistic scope as you bring your own idea to life (under the guidance of a faculty mentor). Join a diverse group of creative scholars from different specialties for intensive workshops and discussions throughout the spring. Then, spend the summer creating full-time. Film, writing, studio works, theatre, music — all creative projects are welcome, especially interdisciplinary concepts. Open to all majors. 
  • Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships up to ten $800 fellowships to work on a faculty project
  • Brackenridge $4,000. 1 credit research, 2 weekly seminars. Conduct independent research or creative project full-time over the summer, under the guidance of a Pitt faculty member or qualified research mentor. Brackenridge Fellowships support projects in any field or major — analytic, or purely creative.
  • Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship $800 (an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant can apply for funding for work that goes beyond the normal UTA duties)
  • Honors Research 
  • UHC Research Fellowship $1,000 for part-time work and workshops during the semester. Take the lead on your own independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. It can be any research, scholarship, or creative work related to your studies, or even an interdisciplinary project.
  • Community Research Fellowships Summer, $4,000, Fall and Spring $2,000 + workshop. Create research that builds toward positive social change!  You will have the opportunity to work with one of the UHC Scholar Communities, a nonprofit partner, or focus on an issue you are passionate about by creating your own sustainable, long-term project for students to continue in future terms. The Community Research Fellowship (CRF) is ideal for students who seek to connect theory and better understand community-identified issues to inspire action on positive social issues. 
  • Chancellor's Undergrad Research Fellowship 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.
  • Dick Thornburgh Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy and the University Honors College founded the Dick Thornburgh Summer Fellowships in 2011 to support undergraduate research into issues of governance addressed in Governor Dick Thornburgh’s long and eminent service in national and international leadership. Fellows receive a stipend of $4,000 to provide their freedom from employment to perform their independent research
  • Archival Scholars Award $1000 to work with archives that are part of the ULS
  • NYC Scholars in Residence HIATUS This 12-week, fully-funded residency program supports 2-4 Dietrich School undergraduates in New York City over the summer 2022 to conduct self-directed research using the city’s many public resources. In the fall term following the residency, undergraduates will register for course credit to continue and finalize their final research projects and present/perform/exhibit/stage their work at a public event with the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout the summer and fall terms, students will have academic support from OUR staff, Faculty Mentors, and Archivists/Librarians who will provide training prior to their trip to New York as well as afterwards to ensure a positive and rewarding learning experience.
  • Curiosity Grant Curiosity Grants are geared toward student-created research or creative projects with faculty mentorship. Typical awards range from $500 to $1,000. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applications for Curiosity Grants are accepted on a rolling basis. The typical response time is two to three weeks
  • Field Studies HIATUS (London and New York through Office of Undergraduate Research): must have  30 credits and be declared; faculty sponsor; 2 weeks in London ($250) and 1 week in NY ($50); register for 1-3 credits and write a 5-10 page essay on topic of own devising with faculty approval
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Awards $4,000 stipend to conduct independent research over the summer. Must enroll in 1 credit 12 week course (1 credit tuition paid for you).
  • OUR External Awards: Anthony and Concetta Ambrosia Internship Award The Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award provides $5,000 to support a Dietrich School undergraduate who has received an unpaid, summer academic internship. The internship might be one that takes place in Pittsburgh or any other location.
  • Nationality Room Scholarships for 5 weeks of International Study (must be a full time student in the two following terms and the two previous terms), GPA 3.0, 60 credits (so must be current sophomore or junior). Many listed and worth a search. Must attend an information session between September and December of the year you are applying (early January deadline). Must interview for award. 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Eve Adams Artist Scholars in Residence combines scholarship and DIY print making in the hillman labs. 
  • GSWS awards here Lynn Layton Fellowships ($1,500) offer funding to undergraduate students pursuing internships related to the study of gender and sexuality; The Thomas J. Peterson LGBTQ Studies Scholarships, established by Pitt alum Thomas J. Peterson, support student research into LGBTQ+ history.  Successful applicants receive stipends of $1500 (paid in two installments) to support research projects related to LGBTQ+ History supervised by a GSWS faculty member; 00000000GSWS Student Research Funds (up to $1000)
  • Annual Honors Awards and Scholarships

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