University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

Upcoming Research & Fellowship Events

Curious about Paid Summer Research Opportunities? Just Ask Your Peers

Every summer, new and continuing UT undergraduate researchers get paid to assist with short-term, summer research opportunities here at UT and across the country through Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs). There are two ways to learn more. Start by registering to attend our student panel, on November 7, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., in 169 Student Union.
Additionally, Undergraduate Research & Fellowships will offer support programming for students searching for Summer REUs. (Keep in mind that REUs aren’t just for STEM students!) To learn more about how URF can help you find summer research, fill out our REU interest form.

Research & Fellowship Opportunities

Paid Spring Research Assistant Positions Available on Handshake

Many professors have begun posting their paid research assistant positions for the spring semester into Handshake. If you haven’t already, make a Student Handshake profile and search under the keyword “Undergraduate Research Assistant.”
Be aware that some awards have particular restrictions or preferences, so please review each description carefully. For more information, reach out to our office at

Advance Your Research This Spring with an AURA Award

The Advanced Undergraduate Research Activity (AURA) program promotes advanced research and creative activities by awarding $1500 stipends to students who collaborate with a faculty mentor to design an independent research/creative project for spring 2024. All currently enrolled UT undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
An additional $250 stipend may be available for research expenses such as lab materials or travel. Another $250 will be allocated to the faculty mentor for materials needed to support the AURA awardee. Students may receive an AURA for research conducted during a spring course. Submit your application by November 30.

Demonstrate Leadership in STEM: Present at Posters at the Capitol

URF invites undergraduate STEM researchers to submit their research abstracts to present their work to state legislators at the state capitol in Nashville on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. URF will provide travel coordination and cover the cost of travel for selected students.
This event is hosted by the STEM Education Center at Middle Tennessee State University and is open to STEM research projects only. Submit your application by Friday, November 17.

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Program

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Program is a paid, 10-week annual summer internship program that enables undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library. Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, Junior Fellows explore digital initiatives and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. Junior Fellows are exposed to a broad spectrum of library work, including copyright, preservation, reference, access, and information technology.
Applications are due by Monday, November 27. To request more information or help with your application, email

NOAA Summer Internship Announced for Sophomores in STEM and Policy

Are you a sophomore majoring in STEM, natural resources management, or public policy? Are you interested in an internship with mentorship from scientists, natural resource managers, and/or policy advisors?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship to support a 10-week summer internship, as well as up to $40,000 towards your tuition for two years. Deadline is January 31, 2024.

Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC)

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the mostly virtual Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC) Initiative Internship. This 10-week paid summer program pairs students with faculty mentors from the Intelligence and Security University Research Enterprise (INSURE), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Intelligence Community (IC). RISC participants may be sponsored for security clearance and considered for future employment with the U.S. government.
Apply by February 5, 2024.

The University of Missouri Offering Paid Summer Research Opportunities

The MU Office of Undergraduate Research invites UT students to apply for the MU Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Participants will have the opportunity to work on independent projects under the guidance of an MU faculty mentor and assistant. Programs range from alcoholism, biomedical, computational neuroscience, cancer, consumer network technology, lifespan development, materials science, and engineering research. Additionally, MU offers programming to support underrepresented students in STEM and journalism. Educational and social activities, one credit hour of research, travel funds, on-campus housing, meal plans, and stipends ranging from $3,400 – $5,400 are included. Deadlines vary based on the program. Check their website for more details.

The Native American Congressional Internship for Tribal Government and Policy

The Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship Program provides Native American and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the relationship between Federal and Tribal governments.
The application deadline this year is January 24, 2024. To request more information or help with your application, email

Grow Your STEM Research Skills in Germany through DAAD Rise

DAAD RISE Germany offers undergraduate students summer research internships in a science or engineering field at top German universities (no German language skills required). Students are matched with a host according to their area of interest. Host universities and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with PhD student mentors. To request more information or help with your application, due November 30, email
Research Award Announcements

December Graduation Recognition

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships recognizes graduating students for their outstanding commitment to undergraduate research and fellowships by awarding those who qualify with an item of recognition to wear at commencement ceremonies. There are two levels of recognition: Excellence in Undergraduate Research receives a specialty cord, and Distinction in Undergraduate Research receives a specialty medallion plus the cord.
The application deadline for December graduation is December 4. Learn more and apply for an Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Graduation Accolade here!

URF Travel Grants for Conferences

URF Travel Grants are for undergraduate researchers who have been accepted to present their research or creative work at a non-UT sponsored conference or event. The grants vary by location: up to $300 for in-state conferences, $500 for national conferences, $800 for international conferences, and $100 for virtual conference registration.
See application details on our website.



Nov 17: Posters at The Capitol Application Deadline 
Nov 30: DAAD RISE Germany Application Deadline
Dec 4: Graduation Recognition Application Deadline
Feb 5: Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC) Summer Program Application Deadline
Feb 11: MU Summer Undergraduate Research Program Summer Program Application Deadline 
Nov 7: Finding (Paid) Summer Research Opportunities Panel
169 Student Union, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Register Here 
Nov 16: Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
258 Hodges Library, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Register Here 
Dec 6: All are welcome to attend the next URA  meeting
E102 Melrose Hall, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.


Contact Us

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships
109 Melrose
1616 Melrose Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-8560

This email was sent to
Add us to your address book to continue receiving our emails.