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Welcome to Undergraduate Research & Fellowships … where pursuit is highly regarded!

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (URF) supports UT students in their pursuit of undergraduate research, nationally competitive fellowships, and creative activity. We fund undergraduate research year-round, offer topical workshops, and coordinate campus-wide exhibitions. We also provide direct advising services designed to help students identify and pursue pathways into research and other high-impact experiences, and to encourage and support students to leverage their academic and co-curricular experiences to apply for nationally competitive opportunities. In all our work we seek to support strong mentoring relationships between students and faculty.

So perhaps you are a first-year student wondering how to approach a professor about doing research with them. Or maybe you want to fund and present your research, apply for a major scholarship to study abroad, land a summer REU, or pursue a fellowship, such as the Fulbright. Our goal is to help you get to the next step in your journey!

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships Map

Supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, student scholars from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have traveled across the country and the farthest reaches of the globe. Whether for research, internships, or study opportunities, the map below depicts destinations of where our scholars have traveled to while on a Fulbright, Gilman, Goldwater, Schwarzman, Boren, or URF Travel Grant.  Click on an icon to learn more!

Map Developed By: Michael Camponovo, Janna Caspersen, and Ahdya Attea


Getting Started with Undergraduate Research & Fellowships Coaching Sessions

Don’t know where to start with research or fellowships? Schedule a one-on-one conversation (in person or on zoom) with URF’s coach, Ryan Lee, who will introduce you to research & fellowships opportunities that enhance your academic trajectory, personal commitments, and future plans. Follow these steps to make an appointment through Vol Connect!