Student Research Opportunities

Applications for Student Research Opportunities are currently closed. Please look out for a new opportunities in AY 20-21.



The Harvard College-Mindich Program in Community-Engaged Research (PCER) is a 10-week immersive experience focused on community-engaged inquiry projects with local communities.The program will provide a small team of Harvard undergraduate researchers the opportunity to learn about collaboration and reciprocity in a research context, working on a pre-designed project alongside Harvard faculty in collaboration with community partners as part of a multidisciplinary research team. PCER fellows will develop skills necessary to carry out research that is academically rigorous as well as responsive to community interests and priority action areas. Fellows live together in one of the Harvard College houses and participate in rich evening and weekend programming that includes both social and academic activities.

For the summer 2017, students will be part of the Gender, Race, and Violence Working Group. As members of an interdisciplinary research team, and in partnership with community leaders in anti-violence advocacy work in the Boston area, students will explore questions at the intersection of Stand Your Ground laws, hyper-incarceration, domestic violence, and police violence. More information can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships website,


The Summer Undergraduate Research Village Programs support ten weeks of full-time research with Harvard faculty and include a requirement of active participation in the program of choice and the social and research training activities of the Village community more broadly.  Eligibility is limited to continuing students in good standing who are committed to be in residence for the FULL, TEN CONTIGUOUS WEEKS OF THE SUMMER PROGRAM (June 3-August 12).  Participants are provided housing, a stipend to cover expenses and meals, and activities.  In addition, participants on financial aid will receive full coverage of their summer savings allowance required for the next academic year (as a fall term bill credit). 


The RCE Award provides funding that supports undergraduates conducting independent summer projects combining community-engaged service with student-initiated research.  The project must involve the guidance of a Harvard-affiliated faculty mentor and be at least ten weeks in duration.

More information about these research programs and funding sources, application instructions, and more (including dates of overview workshops and application strategy sessions) may be found at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships website, .  Questions may be directed to .