Many students pursue a research opportunity in place of a standard job. There are many opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research projects – either independently or as a research assistant for a faculty member. Some positions pay and some are volunteer; there are other research opportunities that may qualify for funding to which you apply separately. Graduate students are encouraged to speak directly with faculty members at their particular school to inquire about positions.
Research Opportunities for Undergraduates:
- Paid Research Assistant Positions: Search the Jobs Database for these paid positions. Though we try to streamline, not all faculty members or departments use the SEO Jobs Database to post positions, so you may want to visit individual academic department websites to see if positions are posted there or contact a faculty member directly.
- Independent Research: Pursue an independent research project with a Harvard faculty member as a research mentor and apply for funding to support your endeavors. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships for more information and consult the Funding Database to learn of specific grants.
- Research for Class Credit: Discuss this option (often as a 91R) with your academic advisor or Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Faculty Aide Program
Interested in just getting started with research? Have a specific professor to work with in mind? Learn about the Faculty Aide Program. This program provides funding to faculty members who want to hire student researchers.