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; you may take up to one week off (unpaid) once the program has begun. Exceptions are rarely made to these expectations.
  • 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 (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.

Pandemic-related restrictions in summer 2021:

Due to the uncertainty surrounding pandemic restrictions, we are relaxing the Ithaca residency expectation for this summer. We will accept proposals for remote projects, as long as your mentor agrees. In these cases, we will expect you to outline a feasible and concrete plan for how you will conduct the project and maintain consistent contact with your faculty mentor while working remotely.

We will continue to follow NYS and Ithaca College guidelines related to COVID-19, including restrictions related to travel; therefore, we may be unable to support projects that require any type of travel, or that require you to access institutional spaces outside of Ithaca/Tompkins County (such as library archives or museums).


The standard Summer Scholar compensation is $13.20/hour for 40 hours/week for 8 weeks ($4,224 before taxes.)

For summer 2021, the program is able to offer housing grants to students whose have in person projects. Summer Scholars are responsible for securing their own housing and should factor these costs into their summer budget plans.

If IC makes campus housing available for student workers during the summer, Summer Scholars may sign up to live in the dormitories at their own expense.

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 - Coming Soon

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Application Deadline


Awards Announced TBD
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