Summer Undergraduate Research Fund



The application is still open with the extended deadline noted above. We are currently working with faculty to confirm that these postings can be done remotely. We are updating postings with a remote capability designation as that information comes in. For students who are submitting applications for independent research: if your research proposal includes travel, please have a back-up plan, and we will work with you once we have all applications to see what's possible.



The Center for the Environment’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fund provides financial support for student research projects related to the environment.

In the context of this program, 'environment' refers to understanding the relationships and balances of the natural and constructed world around us, with a particular emphasis on understanding how anthropogenic activities and policies affect the environment, including the intimate relationships between energy use and demand, environmental integrity and quality, human health, and climate change.  

The Fund offers two types of support for summer research experiences for Harvard students:

1) Independent Research: The Center supports independent, original environmental research, usually with the goal of supporting a student thesis project. Students must complete an online application including a research proposal that outlines a plan of research in conjunction with a Harvard faculty advisor. Applicants should discuss and develop a research project with a faculty advisor prior to submitting an application. Priority is given to rising seniors conducting honors thesis research. Students participating in research as part of an internship program are not eligible.

2) Research Assistantship: The research assistantship program allows students to participate in more directed summer research experiences under the guidance of a Harvard faculty member. Each winter, the Center solicits a wide variety of research assistant opportunities from its faculty associates and lists them here on the program website. Students interested in a research assistantship position should:

  • identify an assistantship opportunity of interest to them,
  • contact the faculty member sponsoring the assistantship and meet with them to discuss their eligibility, and
  • complete the online application form.


Award Details: Summer research opportunities are typically between $500-$3,500, 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) for 6 to 10 weeks. Awards are not intended to serve as a salary stipend for students.


Additional Funding: Students are strongly encouraged to also pursue other funding possibilities at Harvard, such as the below. 

Harvard College Research Program (HCRP)

Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE—select PRISE link in toolbar for details)

Museum of Comparative Zoology Undergraduate Research Grants

DaRin Butz Research Internships at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Roy Family Summer Internship Funding (Harvard College Students)


Take Note: 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 are discouraged from seeking 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). It is expected that recipients of HUCE summer funding will not be engaged in any other research or internship opportunities during the same time frame that they are participating in HUCE-funded efforts.


HUCE Faculty Associates: Submit a paragraph describing the project and the assistantship responsibilities to the contact listed below. 


Jillian Murphy, Program Coordinator


The Center gratefully acknowledges Bertram Cohn for his generous support of the Undergraduate Summer Research Fund.

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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