Research Programs

Barnard College

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Time period: In summer following admission to program, Fellows participate in a one-week workshop in which they identify the area in which they will conduct research over the next two years.

Purpose and activities: Provides students with a faculty member with whom she works in her junior and senior years to receive academic guidance and insight into life as an academic.  Mellon fellows may pursue independent research under the direction of her faculty member, work as a research assistant on a project that the faculty mentor is currently pursuing, or work on curricular or teaching projects of interest to her faculty mentor.  The program also helps fellows apply to graduate school by providing advice on suitable graduate programs, supervising the application process, as well as supplementing testing and application fees.  Fellows attend scholarly conferences, including the local New York Regional Undergraduate Mellon Conference held each spring.  They plan and participate in the annual Barnard Mellon Mays Distinguished Lecture, and have joined in a number of special projects, including a 2003 research trip to South Africa.

Eligibility: Sophomore or junior standing, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred, interest in pursuing graduate study toward the PhD in one of the Mellon supported fields, and demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for under-represented minorities

Location: NYC

Payment: Stipend for the August workshop, as well as for the academic year for work with their faculty mentor. If fellow enrolls as a full-time student in a PhD program in a Mellon-identified discipline within three years of graduating from Barnard, the Fellow may have a portion of her undergraduate student loans repaid by the Foundation



University of Maryland

Research Initiatives

Department of Sociology, Centers & Research Groups

The department works closely with several research centers and projects.  Each of these research centers has a separate suite of offices, including administrative support, faculty and student offices, conference and data analysis rooms. Collectively, these centers account for several million dollars in annual research funding.



University of Michigan

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Time period: Ten weeks, mid-June through Mid-August

Purpose and Activities: Gives undergraduates first-hand experience in in social science research. Prepares interns for senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research based employment opportunities.  Students, under the supervision of a faculty mentor, will develop a research question, perform a literature search and review, complete data analysis, and report findings in a poster; learn good data management processes and research practices with a research process mentor; and attend classes at ICPSR.

Eligibility: Sophomores and juniors with United States citizenship or permanent residency

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Payment: $3000-5000 stipend, room and partial-board in university housing, and scholarship covering cost of fees, texts, and materials for coursework.



The Survey Research Center Summer Internship Program

Time period: 10 weeks, 20-40 hour per week, June through July

Purpose and activities: Students gain hands-on experience working in survey design; gain teamwork, project management, and administrative skills; combine social science and statistical theory with practical challenges of day-to-day project implementation; apply and develop technical and communication skills; learn the principles of survey research from leading practitioners in the field.  Interns will be typically assigned to an ongoing research study, attend appropriate seminars/courses on principles of survey research, and participate in a research symposium and are encouraged to apply for full time positions at the center upon completion of the program.

Eligibility: Any full time undergraduate student (completion of sophomore year or greater) in good standing (minimum grade point average of 3.0)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI



University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

Summer Fellowship Opportunity in Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) invites applications for a ten-week paid summer research internship for undergraduate students (rising juniors or seniors) in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. 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 graduate school and the academy, for graduate study in fields in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The program provides students with a rigorous research experience under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor.
Each participant will receive:
·         Generous stipend
·         Campus housing
·         Meal allowance
·         Writing, Communication Skills and Professional Development workshops
·         GRE prep course (and all necessary materials)
·         Paid domestic travel expenses to and from Chapel Hill

The student application is available online. To access an application, or for additional information about MURAP, please visit our website at or contact Ashley Lee, Program Coordinator, at


Northwestern University

Global Engagement Studies Institute

The GESI study abroad program immerses students in experiential learning for eight or ten weeks. It develops global leaders while contributing to the sustainable development of communities where students work and learn. Sites are run by GESI's on-the-ground partners and offer students the opportunity to address issues in areas such as health, education/youth, environmental sustainability, women’s empowerment, social enterprise development, microfinance, and more.

If you are looking for a program where you learn by doing and are ready to challenge yourself in the pursuit of global social change, GESI is for you.

Here are the GESI basics:
What: GESI participants design and implement a community development project with their host community and a small, interdisciplinary team of talented students from across the country.
Who: Any undergraduate or recent graduate seeking hands-on field experience with comprehensive academic preparation.
Where: Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, or Uganda.


The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

Time period: Eight weeks, from mid-June through mid-August, 30-40 hours per week

Purpose and Activities: Each selected participant is matched with a Northwestern faculty member to carry out an appropriate full-time research project.   Some faculty mentors agree to work with students to craft an independent research project based on the student’s interests, and other mentors will have students contribute to an ongoing project. The research training is coupled with activities that prepare students for the graduate school application process, success in graduate school, and the development of their professional careers.

Eligibility: Current sophomore or junior; have cumulative GPA of at least 3.2; be U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have an interest in pursuing a doctoral degree at Northwestern University; students belonging to groups which have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education are encouraged to apply; course credit available (but you will need to communicate with the registrar at your home institution to determine if they will accept the credit)

Location: Chicago, IL

Payment: $4000 stipend, round-trip plane ticket (to Chicago), University housing (single rooms), a campus meal subsidy of $450 (not intended to cover all meals)



Princeton University

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE)

Time period: Mid-June-Beginning August

Purpose and Activities: A summer research experience for up to 20 undergraduates who express a serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. and following a career in college or university teaching and research. The purpose of the program is to motivate and prepare students to make competitive applications to research doctoral programs, with a view toward completing the Ph.D. and going on to teach and conduct original research.  Student meets with faculty member weekly to discuss research design, methods and progress.  The Graduate School offers a GRE Preparation course that meets weekly and students also attend a weekly research seminar.  During these sessions students also explore the graduate application process, prepare their Statement of Academic Purpose, and receive information about graduate student life and financial aid.  At the end of program, students are expected to give several brief oral presentations about their work during the course of the summer and must also present a final paper of no less than 20 pages.

Eligibility: Student must be: a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled full time as a sophomore or junior, in good academic standing, and have achieved a 3.5 GPA.  In addition, the program seeks and gives preference in admission to students who are: racial/ethnic minorities, from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, have not participated in a prior summer research experience at a major research institution, or from small liberal arts colleges.