Research Opportunities

International Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

The University of Pittsburgh prides itself on encouraging undergraduate involvement in original research. This section is intended to summarize
undergraduate research opportunities in international studies – both abroad and at home, for credit and non-credit.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for recent graduates to conduct career-launching study, research, and teaching abroad. U.S. government’s premier international scholarship to 140+ nations administered by the Institute of International Education in cooperation with Fulbright Commissions and Foundations abroad, and U.S. embassies. Stipends include full airfare, health insurance, monthly stipend, and in some cases dependent support, tuition, language lessons and research allowances.

Eligibility: US. Citizen, hold at least a bachelor’s degree (unless artist or advanced in professional field), sufficient fluency in language of host country, and in good health. Qualifications: High level of academic and/or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, preference for those with minimal time spent in proposed host country, a developed project that requires the applicant to spend time in the host country.

For more information about this research opportunity, go to, or contact Amy Eckhardt, University of Pittsburgh, at or 412-624-6881.

Kessler Scholarship

The award is offered every other year in the amount of $1,000 for study or research in Germany by a student enrolled in the certificate program for West European or EU studies.

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For general information about this research opportunity, go to or contact Steve Lund at or 412-648-7422.


European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a conference designed to provide undergraduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities in the region with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

For more information about this research opportunity, go to or contact Gina Peirce at

CERIS Undergraduate Research Symposium

Every year the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS), a 30 member consortium in the tri-state area, hosts an undergraduate research symposium each spring. Within an announced application period, students submit abstracts and, if accepted by a faculty screening committee, are invited to present their research at the symposium to a panel of faculty and community judges. In addition to the presentations, the event includes a luncheon, keynote address, and special reception where cash prizes are awarded to the most noteworthy participants. Winning papers are also published on the CERIS Web site.

For more information about this research opportunity, go to or contact Elaine Linn at or 412-648-2113.


Latin American Seminar and Field Trip

Each year, the Center for Latin American Studies sponsors a seminar followed by a six-week field trip to Latin America. The CLAS Undergraduate Seminar/Field Trip involves a preparatory seminar on the country to be visited, followed by a six-week field trip to that country. The seminar/field trip is offered annually. CLAS heavily subsidizes the cost of the trip to place it within the means of virtually all students. Student participants register for a seminar in the spring term (January-April) that prepares them for the field trip through study of the culture, economics, geography, history, and politics of the area to be visited. Students also are introduced to research methodology and are guided through the development of a project, which forms the basis for research they conduct while in the field. In the summer session (mid-May through mid-June), the students travel to Latin America where they reside with host families and undertake their research projects under the direction of a CLAS faculty member.

For more information about this research opportunity, go to or contact Julian Asenjo at