Health Sciences Research Fellowships

Summer 2022 Update

This year (summer 2022) the Health Sciences Research Fellowship (HSRF) will run an adapted program to ensure students have an opportunity to work on subjects in their areas of interest while also anticipating the potential necessity for remote work.

To streamline the application, process this year, students will apply to the HSRF via the Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship. Students should follow all application instructions for the Brackenridge Fellowship. Within the Brackenridge online application, students will be given the opportunity to indicate their interest in also being considered for the Health Science Research Fellowship. While students will apply via the Brackenridge application, HSRF recipients will participate in a different summer program. Interested students can APPLY HERE or via the link below.

Any questions can be directed to the Director of Honors Research Programs, Dr. Brett Say (bhs28@pitt.edu).

Applications are Due March 7, 2022, by 5:00 pm

Information about the Fellowship

Health Sciences Fellowship recipients receive a stipend of $4,000 for the summer term (mid-May through August) so they can dedicate themselves full-time to conducting an independent biomedical research project under the mentorship of faculty members in any of the six schools of the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences. Fellowship recipients may take a maximum of two courses over the summer and may have outside employment. Any coursework or outside employment, however, may not interfere with the fellowship requirements in any way. Any planned coursework or employment outside the fellowship should be discussed with fellowship director prior to accepting the award.

In addition to active participation in a research project, the Health Sciences Fellowship requires all Fellows to attend a weekly half-day seminar during which Fellows present reports on their research and address questions from the other Fellowsdiscuss their projects with students across disciplines and learn about how to effectively communicate their work to various audiences. Fellows also are expected to attend several talks presented by health sciences faculty mentors throughout the summer. Research topics cover a broad range within the health sciences, from cell and molecular biology to public health and psychiatry. Only rising juniors and seniors may apply. The expected number of Fellows is 10, all with career interests in the health sciences.

Health Sciences Research Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic record, the experience they have had in working in the research laboratory of their faculty mentor, the strength of the endorsement expressed in the letter of recommendation from the mentor, the originality and promise of their proposed research project, and their willingness to participate in a community of scholars with cross disciplinary approaches to create innovative solutions to problems of human health and disease. Prior to applying, students must have identified a faculty mentor and selected a research project. 

Summer 2022 Update: Students will apply to the HSRF via the Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship. Students should follow all application instructions for the Brackenridge Fellowship. Within the Brackenridge online application, students will be given the opportunity to indicate their interest in also being considered for the Health Science Research Fellowship. While the Brackenridge consists of a variety of majors from across humanities, social sciences, professional schools, and natural sciences, the Health Science Fellowship is focused solely on biomedical research projects. You cannot be awarded both the Brackenridge and Health Science Fellowship.

Application Deadline

March 7, 2022, by 5:00 pm

Admissions decisions will be made approximately 30 days after the application deadline.

How to Apply

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

The Awards

Application materials include the following and are outlined in the online Brackenridge Application:

  • 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.

Questions regarding the Health Sciences Research Fellowship Program may be directed to the Director of Honors Research Programs, Dr. Brett Say (bhs28@pitt.edu).

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