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Stanford/Hunter Summer Research Program in the Humanities


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Hunter College announces the return of our summer research exchange program. The Stanford/Hunter Summer Program is designed for students who wish to develop an independent research project and are considering graduate school, ideally a PhD program, in one of the Humanities disciplines.

As many as five Hunter College humanities students will spend eight weeks on the beautiful campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Stanford will match each Hunter student with a Stanford faculty member who will mentor the student as they develop their research project. Students will also participate in a weekly seminar on the graduate application process and research in the Humanities. This is an ideal opportunity for students to lay the groundwork for a senior-year capstone project. Or it can be a great opportunity to expand a project that students have worked on at Hunter, but want to take to another level. And to do it all in California!

The students who are selected will have their travel arranged by Stanford, and receive room and board on the Stanford campus, a bicycle to commute on campus, and a stipend of $4,000. The program will run from June 22 - August 18.

This program is not intended for those who are pursuing visual or performing arts. Only returning undergraduate students are eligible to apply (i.e., those who will not earn a bachelor's degree prior to Summer 2024.)


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.7 at Hunter
  • Students must have junior or senior standing and must return to Hunter as active students in Fall 2024.
  • Students must be majoring in a field considered part of the Humanities, including: Africana, Puerto Rican & Latino Studies; Art History; Asian American Studies; Classical and Oriental Studies; Comparative Literature; Dance; English; Film; German; History; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Philosophy; Religion; Romance Languages; Theatre; and Women and Gender Studies. (Note: the program is not for artistic/creative projects, but could include film, dance, or theater history, for instance.)
  • Application must be completed by the deadline of February 23, 2024, 5:00 pm. It must contain the items listed below and be submitted via this portal: Stanford Application
    • A 3-4 pp essay describing your own intellectual journey into college and as a college student; a clear overview of the research project you would like to pursue this coming summer, including perhaps the names of Stanford faculty you might like to work with; and your goals and ambitions in terms of graduate school.
    • Transcripts from all colleges attended.
    • A signed copy of the application questionnaire.
  • In addition, a signed letter of recommendation from a Hunter College faculty member must also be submitted to the Stanford/Hunter Summer Recommendation Portal by the deadline of February 23, 2024, 5:00 pm. Please share this link with your faculty recommender.
  • For more information, you can listen to this recording of the second half of our information session. It has information about the application itself. Use passcode: Q..ajbj9
  • Please address any other questions to Prof. Daniel Hurewitz at, with "Stanford Exchange" written in the subject line.