Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Be sure to check the deadline and eligibility criteria for each opportunity.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Overview: Fellowship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in foreign language and/or international studies.  The goals of the fellowships include: development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and creation of a deepening pool of international experts to meet national needs.

Host Department: Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Contact: Holly Lakey

Email: lakey@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-5068

Website: http://caps.uoregon.edu/flas/


  • be a citizen or eligible permanent resident of the United States;
  • be a student (undergraduate or graduate) in good standing at the University of Oregon or have been accepted for admission to the UO; undergraduate applicants must be at the intermediate or advanced language level
  • show potential for high academic achievement; and
  • demonstrate long-term interest in East Asia.


Academic Year: mid-February

Summer: early June

Nomad Mentorship Program (NOMAD)

Overview: The Nomad program offers energetic undergraduate scholars the chance to hone their critical chops, refine their research skills and receive the kind of intensive, one-on-one mentoring that will help to mature life-long writing skills, and develop confidence in young scholars. Under the close mentorship of participating graduate students and faculty, students are supported through the process of conceiving, refining, writing, and editing their work over a nine month period, preparing their work for publication in the nomad journal, and presentation at the annual Nomad Undergraduate Conference.

Host Department: Department of Comparative Literature

Contact: Robert Moore and Daria Smirnova

Email: robertm@uoregon.edu and darias@uoregon.edu

Phone: not available

Website: https://complit.uoregon.edu/nomad/


  • Open to all UO students with interest in writing and comparative literature.


Contact Mentorship Coordinators.

The Kidd Tutorial

Overview: A yearlong sequence of courses for undergraduates in creative writing, intellectual inquiry, and craft-based research. Kidd Tutorial students are those who are motivated to develop their writing and their literary craft through serious intellectual engagement—and who, as a rule, are already experienced in university-level writing workshops. Accepted students register for CRWR 417 in fall, CRWR 418 in winter, and CRWR 419 in the spring. (12 credits)

Host Department: The Creative Writing Program

Contact: Kidd Tutorial Directors

Email: visit website

Website: http://crwr.uoregon.edu/undergraduates/the-kidd-tutorial/


  • All UO students.  Must be willing to make a yearlong commitment to program and enroll in all courses.

Deadline: visit website

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Political Science

Overview: This is not a research program that you apply to; it is the Political Science department’s website that provides guidance to students interested in conducting research.  The PS 401 Research course is a self-directed study course that allows students the opportunity to explore an area of interest outside of courses.   This opportunity is actively communicated to students and encouraged by the department.  Approval is necessary to receive credit.

Host Department: Department of Political Science

Contact: John Davidson, Undergraduate Program Advisor

Email: psadvisor@uoregon.edu

Website: https://polisci.uoregon.edu/undergraduates/independent-credit/


  • Contact the department for more information.

Deadline: n/a

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Linguistics

Overview: This is not a research program that you apply to; it is the Linguistic department’s website that provides guidance to students interested in conducting research.  Faculty research ranges from documenting understudied languages in far flung reaches of the world to working with typically developing English speaking children who live right here in Eugene. Students who are interested in getting involved in research are encouraged to talk with faculty members who inspire them. There are also frequently standing research opportunities in many of the labs listed below. Go ahead and click on a link to explore the different kinds of lab-based research being conducted here at the University of Oregon.

Host Department: Department of Linguistics

Contact: Multiple contacts, see website for details.

Website: http://linguistics.uoregon.edu/research-opportunities


  • Contact the department for more information.

Deadline: n/a

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Overview: The Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) Program allows full-time juniors and seniors in Education and related fields the opportunity to work as Research Fellows throughout the University of Oregon. Admission to the program is competitive. Accepted students will work as valued members of a research team and will be granted a tuition waiver for the academic year. This program is specifically designed to encourage undergraduates to continue their studies in graduate school with a commitment to research and the process of scientific inquiry.

Host Department: Center on Teaching & Learning

Contact: Tanya Sheehan, Quality Assurance Manager & Research Specialist

Email: tsheehan@uoregon.edu

Website: http://ctl.uoregon.edu/research/urf


  • Students from any major who exhibit substantial interest in research and who intend to pursue graduate school may apply to the program.
  • The program is designed to support full-time students of junior or senior class standing with a GPA of at least 3.50.
  • Applicants must be Oregon residents and should provide a one-page personal statement that describes their goals, career aspirations, and topics of interest and experience in research.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty at the University of Oregon or another recently attended university.
  • Applicants must complete an URF application and provide an unofficial transcript from all universities attended.

Deadline: TBA, see website for more details.

McNair Scholars Program

Overview: The McNair Scholars Program (TRiO) prepares qualified juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to PhD degrees. McNair Scholars receive comprehensive support to earn undergraduate degrees, complete research projects in their fields of study, and apply to graduate schools. The program’s limited size provides a close-knit community while helping students gain a broad understanding of research and university culture.

Host Department: Teaching & Learning Center

Contact: Gail Unruh

Email: gqunruh@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-3226

Website: http://mcnair.uoregon.edu/


  • Have earned at least 75 undergraduate credits, but not yet have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a GPA that is competitive for entry into graduate school.
  • Be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be low-income and first-generation (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) or be from a group under-represented in graduate education.
  • Be enrolled in upper-division course work in the major.
  • Be committed to success.

Deadline: TBA, see website for more details.