faculty member speaking at eventThe IQSS Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program connects Harvard undergraduates to affiliated faculty by providing grants and payroll infrastructure for students to be hired as research assistants. Funding is awarded to faculty in $1,000 increments and may be used solely to hire undergraduates. Fully spent awards may be augmented with additional funding, depending on available resources. Each approved project is allowed up to $2,000 for the year.

Undergraduate Research Scholars are an integral part of an academic team and start building valuable research and work experience. Students hired as Undergraduate Research Scholars are also considered IQSS affiliates and are part of the IQSS community.  

The program for AY 2021-2022 is currently under development.  This includes potential programmatic activities for undergraduates, participation in training programs for URS students by affiliated graduate students, and a year-end poster session and social event. Many of the planned activities will be evaluated as we learn more about the potential for undergraduates to be on campus for the fall and/or spring semesters. Please check this web page regularly for updates.  

Faculty members who are approved for a URS grant may use the funding to hire undergrad research assistants for their projects.

Harvard undergraduates are paid $15/hr by the URS program to provide research assistance for approved faculty-led research projects. This is an opportunity to gain firsthand research experience working with faculty members all across the University.