Apply to be a Summer Scholar

What does the program provide?

  • Paid full-time summer positions (37.5 hours/week at $11.10/hour).
  • Projects lasting from 8-10 weeks.
  • Subsidized on-campus housing available.
  • Funds available for project-related expenses.
  • On-campus activities during the summer, including a Welcome Picnic and Knowledge Exchange lunch.

Who is eligible?

  • You must have a major within the School of Humanities & Sciences.
  • You must be continuing your studies either on campus or in an affiliated study-away program in the fall semester following the summer project.
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You should have 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, students must have an up-to-date FAFSA form on file with Student Financial Services by February 1.

What types of projects can I pursue in the Program?

  • You can implement an independent project of your own design, in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
  • You can assume major responsibility for a component of an ongoing research project led by a faculty member.
  • We expect that you will be in Ithaca to conduct your summer project, unless your project requires you to physically be at another location in order to pursue it (e.g., research at an archaeological field site, research in archives located in another city).
  • We expect that you will have a plan to disseminate the outcome(s) of your project in a public context, whether through presentation, publication, community program, or other activity, as appropriate to your discipline and project.

When does the program take place?

  • Most projects take place between June 3 and August 19.
  • Students in natural sciences and computer science departments may have an earlier start date, as negotiated with the faculty mentor.

When is the application deadline?

Applications for all Summer Scholar awards, regardless of funding source, are due by noon on the second Monday in February.
Awards will be announced by the start of spring break in March.

What are the responsibilities of a Summer Scholar?

As a Summer Scholar, you will:

  • Devote significant time and intellectual effort towards your project, and meet the high expectations of your faculty mentor.
  • Make substantial progress on your project — but you do not have to complete it 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 reflection report, including a summary of research outcomes/findings and plans for future dissemination of results.
    • Final reports are due at the end of your summer experience; the format may vary by discipline.
  • Present a poster about your summer experience as part of a campus event in the following academic year.

The application deadline for Summer 2019 has passed. We look forward to reading through your applications.

Although there are different pathways and criteria for selection, dependent on your major and the type of project you plan to pursue, the single application form works for all types of projects.

Some students may be placed on a Wait List for awards; if you are placed on the wait list, we will make every effort to notify you by the end of April about the status of your award.

H&S Summer Scholars Program
Deadlines 2019
Application Deadline February 11th, 2019
Awards Announced March 8th, 2019
Confirmation by Student April 1st, 2019

2018 H&S Summer Scholar award-winners.