Non-Williams Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities on University Campuses


Bunche Center Summer Humanities Institute (SHI) at UCLA

This eight-week preparatory program is designed to enhance the competencies of students who plan to pursue an MA or Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (African American studies, anthropology, art history, cultural/critical studies, ethnomusicology, history, literature, political science, sociology). With the help of a faculty mentor (selected by the Program), students take seminars and workshops, go on field trips, write a research paper and present a conference paper. Program includes seminars, skills workshops, research, field courses in Los Angeles African-American culture, stipend, funds toward travel, meal allowance and on-campus housing. Application deadline: early January

CalTech MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.  Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.  Application deadline: early January.

Columbia University: Summer Research Program (SRP)

The SRP program has a dual purpose: to expose underrepresented students to graduate-level academic research so that they can begin to view the academy as a viable and realistic career path and to address the shortage of underrepresented minorities in doctoral study. The Program promotes and develops skills that are necessary for success in doctoral study as students receive an introduction to the rigors and pleasures of advanced academic work. The SRP is designed to approximate graduate study, particularly in mentor relationships, scholarly research and independent living. Group excursions to places of cultural and academic interest are also planned to complement the formal research. Please visit the program website for more information.  Application deadline:  early February. 

Commitee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) SROP

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. Application deadline:  early February.

Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance offers summer research experiences in all academic disciplines. SR-EIP participants are engaged in scholarly research projects at 21 member institutions and one corporate partner. Programs involve weekly seminars and regularly scheduled field trips and social and cultural activities. The institutions set high standards and offer outstanding, closely mentored research experiences. With one common application, students can apply to up to three of 22 program sites. Interested students should review these research areas carefully and make selections that best match their own interests and experience with the selected institutions’ programs. Program runs for 10 weeks.  Please visit the program website for more information:   Application deadline:  early February.

MIT Summer Research Program

MSRP, an institutional effort that began in 1986, facilitates the involvement of talented undergraduate students in research aspects of the fields of engineering and science-particularly those who are underrepresented in these fields. This summer program seeks to identify talented college sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors from around the country who could benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. The program features supervision by an MIT faculty member and postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student; weekly seminars/workshops; preparation and delivery of a research poster and paper; individual counseling on academic careers; hands-on training in active, “real-world” laboratories; and participation in social and cultural activities in the area. Additional program details, applicant requirements and the online application can be found on the web at Application deadline: late January.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergradautes:

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Application Deadline: mid-May.

Northwestern University:  Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

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, access to $500 for research supplies, round-trip airfare, housing and a campus meal subsidy of $450. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline:  early February.

Ohio State University: Program for Arts and Humanities Development (PHD)

The Program for Arts and Humanities Development (PHD) is dedicated to nurturing the interests in the many disciplines and specializations in the Arts and Humanities. Undergraduate students will be provided with the foundational knowledge necessary to enter graduate school in the Arts and Humanities and guidance to navigate around the graduate school application. Visit the program web site for more information.

Purdue University: Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The Purdue SROP has the goal of enhancing diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. It is our aim to encourage talented undergraduate students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers to pursue graduate education, and to enhance their preparation for graduate study. This program involves intensive research experiences with faculty mentors. All qualified students, including but not limited to African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply. Participants will be selected on the basis of their interest in pursuing a doctoral degree, relevant college coursework and grades, letters of recommendation, and their ability to contribute to the goal of the program. The program is supported by the Graduate School, Center for Cancer Research, Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate and other groups on the Purdue campus. (visit Application deadline: early March.

Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI)

This is a week-long program at the flagship New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. REDI is designed to encourage current students and recent graduates from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider graduate study in Literatures in English.  At REDI, students will learn about the different subfields in English and American literature, and emerging fields and approaches, from Rutgers University faculty who are at the vanguard of these developments. http://redi.rutgers.eduApplication deadline: early March.

Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)

This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico will train up to 10 undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of a University of NM faculty mentor from Biology and/or Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer program includes a seminar series, journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, ethics training, and field trips. Students will conduct independent research on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and present results at a research symposium at the end of the summer. The program includes faculty mentors in ecology, evolution, behavior, geology, and meteorology. Working at the LTER site invites close interactions among students, faculty, and graduate students. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. A goal is to increase the number of students, particularly under-represented minorities, pursuing careers in bio-geosciences. Students will be exposed to a large, multidisciplinary research program, encouraged to continue into professional careers, and prepared for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The REU program exemplifies the integration of research and education. Lodging and laboratory space for REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $5000 during the 11-week summer program (May 27 – August 9).  We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $500.  Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in the biosciences. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by summer 2013. We welcome applications from students at four year colleges, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.  Students must be U.S. Citizens.  Application information can be found at or you can contact the REU Coordinator, Amaris Swann, at [email protected]. Application deadline: early April.

Stanford Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP),
Stanford University

SR-EIP encourages students from underserved and underrepresented groups in the social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors. Please visit the program website for more information. This program is part of the Leadership Alliance. Application deadline: early February.

University of California Berkeley:  Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) 

The SROP program offers research experience through mentorship with faculty or advanced graduate students for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (not graduating in the summer or spring of 2010, except UC Berkeley students). For summer 2010 the SROP will also accept students interested in applying to law school. It is an eight-week program that offers a summer stipend, travel expenses and GRE preparation. Please visit the program website for more information. 

Application deadline:  early February.

University of California Irvine:  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

UCI’s unique Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate diversity students with outstanding academic potential an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The program provides students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree and enter academic careers with the tools needed to facilitate the application, admission, and enrollment process for graduate school. The program is open to virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, education, humanities, social sciences, social ecology, biological sciences, engineering, computer science, physical science, etc.). Please visit the program website for more information. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early February.

University of Chicago: Summer Research Training Program

The MMUF Summer Research Training Program prepares rising junior and senior undergraduate students for graduate study by enhancing their critical and analytical thinking capacities, developing their scholarly writing and presentation skills, introducing them to methodology and research design relevant to their areas of study. More information is available at the program web site. This 8 week program program is open to MMUF fellows and Leadership Alliance students only. Contact [email protected].  Application deadline: early April.

University of Delaware: Arts and Humanities Summer Institute (AHSI)

The Arts and Humanities Summer Institute (AHSI) offers undergraduate students entering their senior year to learn about graduate programs in Art Conservation, English, History, and Material Culture at the University of Delaware. AHSI participants will conduct research and be exposed to rigorous graduate programs offered at the University of Delaware. At the same time, students will receive mentorship from graduate students and faculty members, training in research, and receive a $2000 stipend in addition to housing and transportation allowances. For more information, visit the Institute’s web site. Application deadline: mid-February. 

University of Georgia: Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers outstanding undergraduates the opportunity to work closely with faculty in an intensive summer research experience. SURP gives undergraduate students first hand exposure to the experiences of graduate school and faculty life by placing them with faculty whose work is closely related to their academic interests and professional goals. Students work under faculty mentorship on an individual basis or as part of a research team. During the eight-week program, participants master important research skills and contribute to work that is a vital part of the academic research world. In combination with this intensive research, SURP seminars and workshops provide preparation for entering into masters and doctoral programs within all disciplines at the University of Georgia. Additionally, the seminars and workshops provide information on how to access financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Visit ( Application deadline: mid-February.

University of Louisville (KY): Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

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. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early March.

University of Maryland College Park:  Summer Research Initiative (SRI)

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 student’s research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in University on-campus housing and a stipend of $2,700. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early Febraury.

University of Michigan:  Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The SROP program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research across a variety of disciplines. SROP allows undergraduates the opportunity to work on graduate level research projects with faculty. Students work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Students participating in the 4-week program will receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses, room and board in University on-campus housing, GRE preparation,
access to campus facilities, and a fee waiver to apply to a future Rackham Graduate School doctoral program. Please visit the program website for more information. Application deadline: early February.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: 
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is committed to increasing diversity, gaining research experience, and pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Students design and conduct research projects, interact with faculty mentors, and receive GRE-preparatory courses during the summer program. Visit for more information.  Application deadline: early February. 

University of Texas at Austin: Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Each year the Population Research Center at UTA, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, hosts the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This eight-week summer program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, offers eight very selective upper-division undergraduate students from both UT-Austin and from around the country the opportunity to study social demography through course work and a mentored research experience with senior PRC graduate students. The program pays for tuition, room and board, and computer expenses. Students also receive a stipend for participation in the program, which allows the selected students to fully concentrate on their REU experience over the 2-month program. Students register for a 3-hour summer course during the first half of the summer, then dedicate the second half of the summer to their own projects in collaboration with their graduate student mentor and under the overall guidance of the faculty co-directors. Student papers are then presented at the annual fall meeting of the Southern Demographic Association. This program is specifically geared toward students with junior standing who are seriously thinking about attending graduate school in the social sciences and, particularly, in sociology and demography. Visit

University of Texas at San Antonio: The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute

The University of Texas at San Antonio African American Literatures and Cultures Institute cultivates students to join the US professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training. The program responds to the pressing need for diversifying all areas of US higher education — from graduate study to academic research through administrative leadership. Participants are selected through a competitive application process and will receive a $2,000 research stipend. The four-week program also provides participants with housing, materials and instruction related to African American literature and black studies, preparation for graduate school applications (i.e. personal statement and GRE), and a scholarly excursion to New York City.  Visit the AALCI website for more information: [email protected]Application deadline: early March.

Yale University: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The SURF Program is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue research careers at the Ph.D. level.  The program is particularly interested in identifying and providing research experience to talented underrepresented minority students.  Application Deadline:  early February.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS)

The University of Michigan invites outstanding individuals to apply for the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS). This program is designed to encourage rising seniors, recent B.A.s and terminal Master’s students from diverse cultural, economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider pursuing a doctoral degree in humanities at the University of Michigan.