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Research Opportunities

Funded Research Opportunities for CLASS Undergraduates  Summer 2021

Most of these opportunities pay for travel and the majority of or all living expenses as well as provide stipends ranging from small to generous. You can get paid to do research or something else amazing!

This is only a sample from September 2020. Other opportunities may be announced later, so do your own searches. If you want to apply for any of these opportunities, discuss them with your professors as early as possible before the deadline so that they can help you prepare the best possible application.

Opportunities at the University of Houston

Note: These programs are coordinated by the Honors College, but they are open to ALL UH undergraduates, whether or not you are a member of the Honors College.

UH SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)

  • Purpose and benefit: 10-week independent research program; pays a stipend
  • Deadline from past year: Mid-March
  • What you will need: Independent project proposal (may be working with faculty member in area of his/her interest), faculty member who agrees to sponsor you and work with you

UH PURS (Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship)

  • Purpose: Juniors and seniors participate in a research project in spring semester. Receive a $1,000 stipend.
  • Deadline: Nov. 2, 2020

Mellon Research Scholars

  • Purpose: “Supports underrepresented students (Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander) and other undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to the goal of building a diverse academy in the humanities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is committed to training future scholars and supporting scholarship in the humanities." Students engage in summer research between their junior and senior years. Stipend.
  • Deadline: Nov. 13, 2020

Opportunities elsewhere in the United States

Multiple Fields

Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Institute

  • Purpose: 8-week summer research institute for underrepresented groups in academia and medicine  Programs at 22 universities; some of them target humanities and social sciences. Apply to up to three host universities.
  • Deadline for past years: February

Rutgers Undergraduate Summer Institute (RISE)

  • Purpose: Primarily for under-represented groups, for science and engineering, including social science.  Intensive research experience.
  • Deadline for past years: Rolling admissions starting in November

SROP Multiple Universities

UC Riverside Summer Mentoring Program

  • Purpose: To increase diversity of students pursuing doctoral degrees in California universities. Summer research experience.
  • Deadline for past years: February

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill 
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

  • Purpose: “MURAP seeks to prepare talented and motivated underrepresented students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, or those with a proven commitment to diversity and to eradicating racial disparities in the academy, for doctoral study in fields in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts.”
  • Deadline for past years: February

National Science Foundation Summer Institutes

Including communications, economics, linguistics, political science, psychology, public history, security studies and sociology

University of North Carolina, Charlotte 
Examining the Intersection of Food, Housing and Healthcare

  • Purpose: “The goal of the REU and the ongoing project is to provide training in social science methods to undergraduates and to generate original research exploring differential access to food, housing and health care in underserved neighborhoods northwest Charlotte. … Students will be able to pursue interests in public humanities through creative approaches to public outreach at the end of the summer”
  • Deadline: Check website in December

University of Texas El Paso 
Immigration and Border Community Research

  • Purpose: “This is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to learn social science research methods through hands-on collaboration with local organizations about border enforcement and its impacts on immigrants and border communities.” Spanish fluency preferred.
  • Deadline: Check website to see if this continues in 2021

University of Northern Arizona 
The Psychophysiology of Compassion

Ohio University 
The Science of Language

  • Purpose: Conduct educational demonstrations at a public science museum and conduct research in linguistics, psychology, speech and/or hearing science. Particularly for students with coursework in linguistics, speech and hearing science, psychology, anthropology, childhood development, education.
  • Deadline for past years: February

Ohio University 
Treatment-Related Research for Youth with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems

  • Purpose: Provides “undergraduate students (psychology, social work, biology, pre-med, education) with an in-depth, hands-on experience focused on gaining clinical research skills for children with social, emotional and behavioral problems (SEB). Students are trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, and trained on how to design and conduct research studies on treatment-related issues for children with SEB. Students are also trained in the ethical conduct of research.”
  • Deadline for past years: February

Syracuse University 
Trauma Research for Veterans and Civilians

  • Purpose: Research in Psychology. “This program for undergraduates is designed to improve access to research experiences for groups typically underrepresented in research (namely, veterans).”
  • Deadlines for past years: March

Texas A&M 
Research Institute in Sociology and Social Inequality

  • Purpose: “Gives undergraduate students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the patterns, nature, causes and consequences of social disparities through hands-on participation in research projects supervised by leading faculty researchers.”
  • Deadline: Feb 15, 2021

Texas State – San Marcos
Exploring Globalization through Archaeology

  • Purpose: This is an “international 8-week summer program on the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius …[and at San Marcos] designed for students to acquire research skills in the fields of anthropological and forensic archaeology and to prepare them for graduate study or employment following graduation.”
  • Deadline for past year: February

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
Social Network Analysis for Solving Minority Health Disparities

  • Purpose: An “interdisciplinary program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers... Students will learn basic approaches to network science/SNA in order to employ these skills where possible in their summer research projects.”  For students in Sociology, Psychology, Communication Studies, Public Health, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Educational Psychology, Ethnic Studies, Nutrition
  • Deadline for past year: November 15

Notre Dame University 
Projects in Computational Social Sciences

  • Purpose: “Social science students will learn how to use the most current cyberinfrastructure tools and receive training on fundamental scientific computing skills and techniques” while working on research projects in economics, psychology, sociology or computational social science.
  • Deadline: February 3, 2021

University of South Alabama 
Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems

  • Purpose: Students will work alongside researchers on projects which “focus on the bioarchaeological analysis of two skeletal collections from the United Arab Emirates dating to the Umm an-Nar period (2700-2000 BCE) in order to examine the socioeconomic and environmental circumstances impacting local communities in southeastern Arabia.”
  • Deadline: Unavailable for 2021, but will return in 2022

University of Texas – Austin 
Race, Ethnicity and Family Demography

  • “Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty, policy analysts, and senior graduate students on issues related to race, ethnicity, and American families. Students will also participate in coursework, data analysis, training experiences in the ‘real’ world and the academy.”
  • Deadline for previous year: February
Social Sciences

American Bar Foundation Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellows in Law and Social Sciences

  • Purpose & benefits: “Summer research fellowship for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing graduate studies in the social sciences. This summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science.”
  • Deadline for previous year: February

APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

  • Purpose & benefits: Summer institute for students who are considering graduate studies in political science. For minorities and those interested in conducting research on issues affecting minorities.
  • Deadline for previous year: Mid January
  • For more information: 

Hertog Foundation

International Relations

Charles B. Rangel Summer Enrichment Program

  • Purpose: 6 week program for students with interest in pursuing a career in International Affairs, held at Howard University, for students from under-represented backgrounds.
  • Deadline for previous year: February
  • For more information:

PPIA Junior Summer Institutes

  • Purpose: 7 week summer program to prepare students for graduate study and careers in public and international affairs. Goal is to encourage more diverse perspectives in public service, including from economically disadvantaged. Institutes held at 5 universities, including Princeton, Berkeley & University of Michigan. Small stipend and costs paid. Those who complete the program are eligible for scholarships for M.A. programs.
  • Deadline for previous year: November

Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation

  • Purpose: Provide training in conflict resolution, develop international networks for young scholars.
  • Deadlines for previous years: Jan 1 and March 15

New York Public Library
Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

Library Company of Philadelphia
Mellon Scholars Summer and Mellon Scholars Summer Workshop

  • Purpose: “To enhance the production of scholarly work in African American history of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries” and to “increase the participation of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and others in the field of African American history prior to 1900.”
  • Deadline for past year: March 1