Research Opportunities

Faculty Aide Program

The Faculty Aide Program encourages faculty members across the University to hire undergraduate research assistants by providing half of each student researcher’s wages. Applications are available to faculty members in September for the term program and in April for the summer program. Jobs are posted through the SEO jobs database.

Harvard College Research Program (HCRP)

The Harvard College Research Program supports student-initiated scholarly research or creative endeavors undertaken with faculty guidance. Students can apply for stipends or expense reimbursements by submitting a research proposal, budget, résumé, transcript, and letter of recommendation from a faculty member willing to serve as a mentor. Students must use the Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) to apply for HCRP funding. The application is accessible from our Website. Applications may be submitted for fall, spring, and summer terms. Summer HCRP applicants are automatically considered for awards from more specialized funding sources such as the Sam Abramson, Phi Beta Kappa, and Deland fellowships.

The Dean’s Summer Research Award

The Dean’s Summer Research Awards are designed to give rising seniors who receive financial aid the opportunity to devote the summer to thesis research. The awards provide students who have already received a research grant with an additional grant to cover the summer savings requirement of their financial aid packages. Grants are applied to a students’ term bill and are not awarded as cash. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of financial need, the quality of the research proposal, and the strength of faculty support.

Mellon/Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)

To counter the serious shortage of faculty of color in higher education, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program encourages minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity to pursue academic careers. It provides opportunities for talented undergraduates to engage in research and other facets of academic life under the guidance of faculty mentors. The program also features group activities, where students share intellectual interests and focus on topics of importance to young minority scholars. Students apply in March of their sophomore year. Selected students receive funding for research undertaken with a faculty mentor during their junior and senior years. The MMUF Program meets monthly throughout the academic year to discuss applying for PhD programs and to present their research findings to one another. MMUF are eligible for reimbursement for undergraduate loans for each year they complete a PhD program.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

The Radcliffe Institute offers a range of programs that enable undergraduate and graduate students to receive financial support for research and engage with the Institute’s intellectual resources. Visit for complete details on all programs described below.

Every year approximately 50 fellows—men and women who are distinguished artists, scientists, humanists, and social scientists—come to Cambridge to spend one year doing their work at the Radcliffe Institute. Through the Radcliffe Research Partnership program, undergraduates can be matched with Radcliffe fellows to work collaboratively on research projects. For information about research partnerships, contact In addition, the Radcliffe Institute is home to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, one of the world’s preeminent collections of material on this subject. Its outstanding holdings are available to undergraduate and graduate students for their research and interest. The holdings are catalogued on HOLLIS (Harvard Online Library Information System). The Schlesinger Library offers research support grants and dissertation grants for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Radcliffe Institute offers a range of programming during the year, including an annual Dean’s Lecture Series, presentations by fellows, and conferences and lectures on a variety of interdisciplinary topics. The Radcliffe Institute welcomes and encourages all students to take advantage of these opportunities.