Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities

How to Find a Research Opportunity

Start by considering your goals for applying. Are you considering a summer research opportunity or a year long (or longer) research opportunity in the U.S. or abroad? Are you hoping to conduct research that will be a part of your senior thesis or are you hoping to earn a post-graduate degree? Do you want to conduct field research, or will your research require an archive or library? Are you hoping to work with scholars and experts within the Columbia community or outside of it?

To delve into these questions, plan to attend an info session, or talk with fellowship and undergraduate research advisers. You can also search our database to explore the possibilities. Finally, check out research opportunities that are posted by departments and by many of the institutes and centers at Columbia.

International Students

As an international student, the process for finding funding can take time and effort. You can search the database by eligibility requirements, and you should also speak with your faculty mentor about possible research opportunities. You might also try checking for funding opportunities through your home country’s consulate and embassy in the U.S. Please plan to talk with an adviser for more guidance.

Recent Alumni

While a number of scholars programs are limited to current students in the College, there are many research opportunities for alumni as well. You should first consider what you wish to do in your research, and what kind of project you are interested in developing. Are you looking to continue the research that you began during as a student? Has your current job sparked an interest in exploring new disciplines or parts of the world? Advisers are here to talk about your options with you and provide support as you explore possible options for pursuing your research interests.