Information for Students

In the Summer Scholars Program, students will have transformative experiences working in partnership with a faculty mentor.

Program Expectations

Regardless of your pathway, all scholars have the following responsibilities once accepted into the program:

  • Devote significant time and intellectual effort towards your project - Scholar positions are full-time (40 hours/week) for 8 weeks
    • Due to the time commitment required, working another paid job or having other significant time commitments is not compatible with participation in the program, and is generally not permitted.
    • It is our expectation that you are available to begin your participation in the program on June 1, and that you will work consistently in the program for 8 consecutive weeks.
  • Make significant progress on your project
    • You do not have to complete your project during the summer period.
    • Many students continue their projects in the semester(s) following the summer experience.
  • Attend events organized as part of the Summer Scholars Program.
  • Submit a final report (typically an e-portfolio, due at the end of your summer experience), including both written reflections on the summer experience and a description of your project.
  • Present a poster or paper about your summer experience as part of a campus event in the following academic year.

Residency Expectations for Summer 2022

The program has a strong preference for Scholars to be in residence in Ithaca to pursue their summer projects. This is key to building a strong community of Scholars during the summer period.

Given current uncertainties about summer housing options, however, this summer we will accept proposals for remote projects, as long as your mentor agrees. If you are planning to, or considering the option of, working remotely while you conduct your project, the application will ask you to provide a feasible and concrete plan for how you will conduct the project and maintain consistent contact with your faculty mentor while working remotely. Make sure you have discussed this plan with your mentor before you submit your application!

NOTE: We will continue to follow NYS and Ithaca College guidelines related to COVID-19; at this time, we have every expectation that in-person projects will be feasible for summer 2022. If the guidance changes with regard to in-person projects for summer 2022, we will reach out to determine project feasibility.


The standard Summer Scholar compensation is $4,224 (before taxes), for 8 weeks of full-time work. Wages are paid out in four installments between June 1 and July 31.

Summer Scholars are responsible for securing their own housing and should factor these costs into their summer budget plans. If IC makes inexpensive campus housing available for student workers during the summer, as they have in past years, Summer Scholars may sign up to live in the dormitories at their own expense.

For summer 2022, the program is exploring whether we will be able to offer grants to cover some of the housing costs for students who have in person projects and choose to live in campus housing. More information on this will be available later in the spring semester.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a major within the School of Humanities & Sciences.
  • You must be continuing your studies in an H&S major either on campus or in an affiliated study-away program the fall semester following the summer project.
  • You must be in good academic standing and hold a minimum GPA of 3.0, unless otherwise indicated by the department or faculty mentor.
  • Your faculty mentor must be in an H&S department.
  • You do not need to be financial aid eligible to receive an award.
  • If you are financial aid eligible, you will automatically be considered for positions supported by the Dana Internship Program or the Emerson Humanities Collaboration Scholarship, depending on the type of project you will be pursuing.
    • To be considered for these positions, you must have an up-to-date FAFSA form on file with Student Financial Services by February 15.

Deadlines 2022

Application Opens January 24, 2022
Application Deadline

February 28, 2022

Awards Announced By April 2, 2022
Confirmation of Participation April 15, 2022