Undergraduate Summer Research Program Opportunities


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 consist 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.


         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 visit: Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Program

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:  jlooney@duke.edu
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 visit: 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 visit: The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)



The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented students from diverse backgrounds. MURAP aims to foster the entrance of students into graduate school and faculty positions in academia. Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 18-22 undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience.

For more information visit: MURAP


Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (RSURE)

The Graduate School 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.

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


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.


For further information visit: The Leadership Alliance

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American , African and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees, especially PhDs, in the humanities. The program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, offers a seven-week session for ten rising seniors

For more information visit: Schomburg Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

SSRC-Mellon Mays Fellowships

The Summer Conference is the flagship component of the SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program. Targeted towards graduate students in years one through three, it provides a forum for skills exchange, cohort-building and the development of professional proficiencies such as maximizing research resources. Panel presentations of fellowsí research, thematic roundtables, presentations by senior scholars, and other activities are a part of a conference program that exposes early-stage graduate students to a broad range of institutional and intellectual issues. Advanced graduate student fellows as well as Mellon PhDs contribute to the conference by serving as workshop leaders, panel discussants and moderators.

For more information visit: SSRC

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

The Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS) is a four-week, expenses-paid summer institute at Wheaton College for students between their junior and senior years, especially students from different racial, ethnic, class, and regional backgrounds, who are committed to the intellectual work of English studies and strengthening its diversity. The purpose of the Institute is to introduce students to a career as an English department faculty member and mentor them on their way to graduate school and beyond.

For more information visit: 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 air fare, room and board in University on-campus housing, and $3,150 (before taxes - amount includes stipend and meal allowances).

For more information visit: 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 visit: University of Louisville SROP

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

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is an eight-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants including the social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, chemical and biological sciences, technology, math and engineering fields.  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, round-trip airfare, housing and a campus meal subsidy of $450.

For more information visit: Northwestern University SROP

University of California Berkeley Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The UC Berkeley Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) was established to promote access to graduate education among undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged and who may not have had exposure to the academic environment of a research university.SROP offers summer research opportunities in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The goal of SROP is to increase the level of diversity among students entering Ph.D. programs by providing research opportunities under the supervision of faculty and graduate student mentors. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have shown potential for success, but may have had limited access to graduate research or other academic opportunities. The program strongly encourages applications from undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who show potential to benefit from exposure to the environment of a research university. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender.


For more information visit: UC Berkeley SROP


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