Summer Undergraduate Research Application

Summer Undergraduate Research Application

The Center for the Environment’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fund provides financial support for student research projects related to the environment. The Fund offers support for two types of undergraduate research experiences—independent projects, and research assistantships—the details of which are distinguished on the program homepage.

Students applying for HUCE summer research support are strongly encouraged to also pursue other funding possibilities at Harvard—suggestions can be found on the program homepage.  Note that some of these program deadlines precede the deadline for the application for HUCE opportunities. While applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other sources, they should not seek partial funding from each source—instead, they should plan to submit a full, complete project budget to each funding source (i.e., the same total budget amount).

If you are an undergraduate student interested in applying for support, you should plan to provide the following:

1. A completed online application form, including a project title, the total amount of funds requested, and the name of your faculty sponsor
2. A 1-2 page resume
3. A 1-2 page research statement (see the guidelines below)
4. A proposed budget—including living expenses and a list of other funding sources to which you have applied—using the template provided
5. A statement of support from your Harvard faculty sponsor
6. An unofficial copy of your Harvard transcript 

Items 1 through 5 above should be submitted electronically as instructed. An unofficial electronic copy of your transcript should be emailed to Jillian Murphy at HUCE (see instructions below). 

Please note the following before completing your application:

  • All applicants must have a tenure-track Harvard faculty member serve as their primary research advisor—graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and lecturers are not eligible as a primary advisor, nor are faculty from other institutions. Your required letter of support should come from your Harvard faculty advisor.
  • Seniors graduating in the Spring semester are not eligible to apply for research support for the summer following their graduation.
  • It is expected that recipients of HUCE summer funding will not be engaged in any other research/internship opportunities or employment during the same time frame that they are participating in HUCE-funded efforts.

Students intending to do independent research should be aware that preference will be given to rising seniors seeking funds for senior honors thesis research, and that students conducting research as part of another internship program are not eligible for these awards. Students interested in a research assistantship should review the list of available positions and contact the sponsoring faculty member before completing the application.

Award amounts are typically between $500-$3,500 for up to 10 weeks, and are intended to be applied towards living expenses (room, board), travel expenses related to research activities, and minor research expenses (for students doing independent research projects). Awards are not intended to serve as a salary stipend for students. 

To apply for either category of summer research funds, please fill out the following application. Applications are due by Friday, April 3, 2020.


Proposal Information
If applying for one of the posted research assistantships, please use that project title.
Please submit the following items with this application:

Copy of Transcript: Please send an unofficial copy of your transcript electronically to Jillian Murphy ( 

1-2 Page Research Statement: Your research statement should address the following:
· Your particular interest in the project, including how the experience relates to your anticipated academic and career goals
· What skills and knowledge you hope to gain from the experience 

In addition, students applying for funds to do an independent research project should address:
· The need and context for the proposed research (i.e., why?)
· A description of the proposed research itself (i.e., how?)
· A statement reflecting the anticipated outcome(s) and potential application(s) of the project.

Budget Guidelines: Applicants should consult with their faculty sponsor to determine an appropriate budget, and submit a list of research and related summer living expenses, including travel and room / board costs if living or doing field work away from their primary residence. A list of all other funding sources that the applicant has applied to should also be included, even if the outcome of those requests has yet to be determined.

Letter of Support: Faculty statements of support should be directly emailed from faculty to Jillian Murphy, Statements should specifically include a brief plan outlining a regular meeting schedule between the faculty advisor and the student.​

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