The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) provides students in Harvard College with comprehensive support, resources, and guidance for navigating research and fellowship opportunities. We work with students from all class years, across all disciplines to support student projects related to research, travel, graduate study, public service, and more.
URAF offers a number of resources and services for students looking for guidance on resarch and fellowship opportunities:
Drop-In Advising Hours
URAF hosts drop-in advising hours for Harvard College undergraduates from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday during the academic term. No need to sign-up or let us know ahead of time—just drop by our Zoom room (HarvardKey login required).
Drop-in advising sessions are typically 15 minutes long. They're a great way to ask questions about our programs, discuss your interests and plans, and ask questions about applications.
Can't make drop-in hours? Looking to have a longer conversation about your plans for research or fellowships? We encourage you to set up an appointment to meet with one of our advisers.
You can reach out to one of the advisers listed on this page, or you can reach out to URAF directly by calling 617-495-5095 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (for research advising) or email@example.com (for fellowships advising).
Join Our Mailing List
To join the undergraduate research email list-serv and/or the fellowships email list-serv, please complete the URAF Registration Form.
Interested in pursuing research and fellowship opportunities and wondering what funding options are out there? CARAT is a centralized application portal for opportunities across Harvard University! Students can browse the catalog of opportunities and filter by terms like purposes, academic area, duration, class year, and more! This is a great resource for learning about the many, many programs and funding opportunities available to Harvard students.
Other On-Campus Resources
House Fellowships Tutors: Each of Harvard's residential houses has at least one dedicated HFA! These advisers are here to help you think through your interests in research and fellowship opportunities, and they also provide support in helping students think through the application process (e.g., essays, letters of recommendation).
URAF Research Ambassadors: URAF Research Ambassadors are peer advisers available to help students—particularly first-year students, first-generation students, or students from underserved backgrounds—explore the wealth of opportunities and resources available to them!
Concentration Advisors, Instructors, and Mentors: Your own network of concentration advisors, instructors, and mentors is a valuable resource in helping you think the questions animating your research question or fellowship project. If you're looking for research or other opportunities in a particular discipline or area, departmental administrators and faculty may know of relevant opportunities.
Looking for more information on opportunities like internships, careers, and study abroad? Check out fellow academic engagement offices in the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE):
Office of Career Services (OCS) (internships, summer funding, careers): Drop-ins, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday at 54 Dunster Street
Office of International Education (OIE) (term-time and summer study abroad): Drop-ins, 2:30pm - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday at 1414 Mass. Ave., 3rd Floor
Accessible Education Office (AEO): Smith Campus Center, 4th Floor
Academic Resource Center (ARC): 1414 Mass Ave., 3rd Floor R