Summer Research Internship

The Pre-PhD scholars program is a summer research internship that creates a pipeline for students who wish to pursue PhD degrees in engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. It is scheduled from May 22 - July 20, 2024.


The Engineering Office of Diversity (EOD) identifies prospective students with a 3.5 or higher GPA as Pre-PhD Scholars. These STEM students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields are recruited from institutions across the nation, and are assigned to Swanson School of Engineering faculty mentors who lead multidisciplinary teams in advanced research. At the end of the program, all students present their research findings to faculty members, staff and current students. Scholars are placed in the admissions pipeline as candidates to the MS or PhD program at the Swanson School of Engineering.

Program Structure

The Pre-PhD Scholars program is open to rising juniors and seniors or recent graduates in STEM who are considering graduate education in the field of engineering and would like to learn about graduate school options at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.

Program Requirements

The students who are accepted into the program are expected to:


Students will receive a $4,000 stipend (for the duration of the program). Please note this is taxable income.

This summer research program will be done in person.

Are you Eligible?

The Pre-PhD scholars program is only available to:

US citizens or permanent residents
Rising juniors and seniors or recent graduates in STEM

Application Information

To Apply for the program you will need to prepare:

Check out the Pre-PhD scholars program photo album.