Summer Research


Graduate Career Preparation & Assistance Programs


Avon Tuckman Scholarship for Summer Research Residency Program

Columbia University Summer Research Program

Duke University Graduate School Visitation Program

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative Summer Research-Early Identification Program

The Moore Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (MURAP)

Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program

Ohio State University Program for Arts and Humanities Development

Princeton Summer Research Experience

Schomburg Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

SSRC-Mellon Mays Fellowship Program/Summer Conference

University of California Summer Research Opportunity Program

University of California Graduate Division Summer Program

University of Delaware Arts and Humanities Summer Institute

University of Louisville Summer Research Opportunity Program

University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative

Wheaton College Summer Institute for Literacy and Cultural Studies


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Arts and Humanities Summer Institute (AHSI) University of Delaware,College of Arts & Sciences

The Arts and Humanities Summer Institute (AHSI) offers undergraduate students entering their senior year to learn about graduate programs in Art Conservation, English, History, and Material Culture at the University of Delaware. AHSI participants will conduct research and be exposed to rigorous graduate programs offered at the University of Delaware. At the same time, students will receive mentorship from graduate students and faculty members, training in research, and receive a $2000 stipend in addition to housing and transportation allowances.

For more information:
Website: AHSI

Avon Tukman Scholarship

The Avon/Tukman Scholarship is available to female and minority Hunter College students enrolled in a summer residency program and are interested in a research career. Applications are due June 15th and consists of the following items:

1) the studentís transcript
2) a letter of recommendation from the studentís Hunter College mentor/sponsor
3) a letter of support from the studentís intended research institution mentor
4) a statement from the student providing the following: what the research project will entail, the skills to be sought in carrying out the research, where this research will take place (the institution, the program), who the mentor at that institution will be, the amount of funding requested, and a budget to substantiate this amount.

Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Program

The Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS), Summer Research Program prepares students from historically underrepresented groups for graduate study in their areas of interest. Students must demonstrate their interest and scholarly promise in research and teaching in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. The program provides an opportunity for promising undergraduates to work directly with a member of our graduate faculty on a specific research project in the student's proposed field. Students will receive a stipend of $3000 to help cover living expenses, including meals and $300 to cover transportation costs, if needed.Local transportation will not be covered.Applications due February 20th.


         Students entering junior or senior years

         U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

         3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better

         Demonstrated interest in and potential for doctoral study in proposed field

(Consideration is given to applicants from historically underrepresented groups that include but are not limited to:Black/African American; Dominican; Mexican/Chicano(a); Native American/Alaska Native; Pacific Islander; Puerto Rican.)

For more information and/or to request an application:
Website: Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Program
Telephone: (212) 854-3791

Duke University Graduate School Visitation Program

For an opportunity to experience an introduction to the graduate school environment at Duke University please contact:

Dr. Jacqueline Looney                       Office:  (919) 681-1550
Duke University                                 E-mail:
122 Allen Building
Box 90070
Durham, NC 27708

Graduate Division Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (GDSPUR) University of California Los Angeles

The SPUR program is designed to target students who plan to pursue the PhD degree in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It offers students in their junior year opportunities to work closely with UCLA faculty on a research project. Program includes: stipend, on-campus housing or housing allowance, meal allowance, funds toward roundtrip transportation cost, GRE test preparation, workshops and oral presentations.

For more information:
Website: GDSPUR

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) aims to reduce over time the critical under-representation on school faculties of certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. Providing positive role models to youth, the Institute serves the related goals of supporting school and campus environments. Each year, throughout the graduate school application process, the institute supports outstanding college students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who are committed to these ideals.Applications are due April 1st.

For more information:
Website: The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
Phone: (978) 749-4116


In 1989, MURAP began as an extension of the University of North Carolina's Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience (SPGRE), a program that seeks to increase the number of minorities, as well as others with a demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity, gaining research experience and pursuing doctoral degrees in the natural sciences. MURAP was set up to target students in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts. In its initial years, the program began humbly with three students working under three UNC faculty mentors, always with a goal of addressing diversity within higher education. By 2005, the program expanded to include up to 22 students and 10 faculty mentors per year. With the generous continued support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the additional funding from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, MURAP is now an independent program committed to the original purpose and goals.  Each summer, a cohort of 18-22 students participate in MURAP at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The students come from a variety of undergraduate institutions across the country and are exposed to an intensive ten-week research experience, which includes designing and carrying out a research project, weekly meetings with afaculty mentor, attending weekly seminars, and receiving weekly courses in preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).Applications due February 5th.

For more information:
Website: MURAP
Telephone: (919) 962-6811


Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (RSURE)

The Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity offers an eight-week summer research experience for up to 20 undergraduates who express a serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. and following a career in college or university teaching and research. The purpose of the program is to motivate and prepare students to make competitive applications to research doctoral programs, with a view toward completing the Ph.D. and going on to teach and conduct original research. Applications due February 1st.

For More Information:
Website: Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE)

Program for Arts and Humanities Development (PHD) Ohio State University

The Program for Arts and Humanities Development (PHD) is dedicated to nurturing the interests in the many disciplines and specializations in the Arts and Humanities. Undergraduate students will be provided with the foundational knowledge necessary to enter graduate school in the Arts and Humanities and guidance to navigate around the graduate school application.


For more information:

Website: PHD




The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiatives Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)


The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a doctoral study in the Humanities and Social Sciences the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution.Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.The SR-EIP is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors.Students are required to present a written report and/or abstract at the end of their summer research activity and complete a program evaluation. All participants are expected to make oral or poster presentations of their research at the Leadership Allianceís annual, national symposium. This all expense paid summer internship provides students with a competitive stipend, travel and housing.Applications due February 1st.


Participating Institutions:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University

For further information:
Website: The Leadership Alliance
Phone: (401) 863-1473

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Mellon-Schomburg Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities. The program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, offers a six-week session for ten rising seniors (juniors in spring 2010, entering their senior year in fall 2010, graduating in 2011). Five will be selected from colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and five from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the studentsí interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provide them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential.Application Deadline: March 8th, 2010


  • Students entering their senior year in fall 2010
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Enrolled in HBCUs or New York, New Jersey, Connecticut colleges or universities
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Official academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • Written statement explaining why you want to pursue graduate studies in the Humanities (900 words maximum)
  • Resume (include honors, awards, and other recognitions)

For more information:
Website: Schomburg Mellon Humanities Summer Institute
Call:     (212) 491-2054


SSRC-Mellon Mays Fellowships

For graduating seniors, SSRC's Summer Conference includes presentations and other activities that socialize fellows into the early years of doctoral training and into the national Mellon Mays community. 

For more information:
Website: SSRC


Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS) Wheaton College

The Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies provides undergraduate students entering their junior and senior years preparation to pursue doctoral programs in English. Participants will receive classroom instruction in English literary studies, literary and cultural theory, and intensive writing and editing work. Students also visit libraries and archival collections in New England and receive exposure to the rewards and challenges of life in academics.

For more information:
Website: Wheaton College

Summer Research Initiative (SRI) University of Maryland College Park

Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of nine academic departments that include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government and Politics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology. The program will also supplement studentís research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in University on-campus housing and a stipend of $2,700.

For more information:
Website: SRI

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) University of Louisville (KY)

The SROP at the University of Kentucky provides undergraduate students who would like to know more about graduate-level education with a 10-week research experience in departments that offers graduate degrees. Mentors will guide students on individualized research projects and the program will provide group seminars on topics related to research and graduate education. Students will receive a stipend of $3,500 for the 10 weeks. This program is open to all graduate programs at the University of Louisville. Students should be, preferably, in their sophomore or junior year of study.

For more information:
Website: University of Louisville SROP

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) Northwestern University (IL)

The SROP program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) provides sophomores and juniors an opportunity for direct involvement in research. Each student who is selected to participate in the program will work with a faculty member in the student's area of interest on an individual or ongoing research project. The student will present their project at a research forum at the end of the program. Each student chosen to participate in the SROP will receive a $4000 stipend, access to $500 for research supplies, round-trip airfare, housing and a campus meal subsidy of $450.

For more information:
Website: Northwester University SROP

University of California Berkeley Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The SROP program offers research experience through mentorship with faculty or advanced graduate students for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (not graduating in the summer or spring of 2010, except UC Berkeley students). For summer 2010 the SROP will also accept students interested in applying to law school. It is an eight-week program that offers a summer stipend, travel expenses and GRE preparation.

For more information:
Website: UC Berkeley SROP




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