Archival Scholars Research Awards

Archival Scholars Research Award (ASRA) recipients receive a $1,000 stipend to develop independent research projects that draw on the University Library System (ULS) archives. Awardees receive archival training from librarian archivists, participate in workshops to supplement their work, and enrich their experiences as students of the arts and sciences. 

ASRA recipients conduct research in the Spring for either 2 credits (6 hours per week) or 3 credits (12 hours per week). Recipients should be prepared for this weekly time commitment and ensure they have room in their schedules to accommodate the required credit.

About the Archives

The ULS is proud to have special collections and archives housed in the Archives Service Center, Center for American Music, Fine Arts Library, Theodore M. Finney Music Library, and the Hillman Library Special Collections Department, and many others available in Digital Collections. These units work collaboratively to make their collections available and easily accessible to undergraduates. Examples of potential areas of research are available here; however, this is not a comprehensive list and students are encouraged to inquire about other collections that might align with their interests.

Application Details

Eligible Dietrich School undergraduates who

  • are interested in joining a community of scholars
  • are interested in humanities, primary source materials, archives, or library collections;
  • are interested in conducting self-directed research
  • can secure a faculty mentor within the disciplinary area of the research topic. 

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Application Materials

  1. Cover Page
  2. Research Proposal, describing the project. The proposal should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. No more than four pages should be submitted (excluding citations).
  3. Community Statement, addressing the prompt: As an ASRA recipient, you will participate in a community of scholars. What excites you about sharing your perspective with this community? How do you think conversations with your fellow participants will enrich your development as a thinker and an individual? Your statement should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and using 1-inch margins.
  4. Letter of Support, from a faculty sponsor who accepts responsibility for the oversight of the project as is appropriate within the discipline. Direct faculty sponsor to submit letter of support on your behalf to our@pitt.edu by posted deadline.
  5. Confirmation, that applicant will not simultaneously hold other spring research awards (e.g., OUR awards or grants, or University Honors College fellowships).

Applications have closed for 2021-2022 Academic Year.