College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

An immersive summer research experience for select undergraduates lead by faculty and scholars at the University of Chicago 

The College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences provides selected undergraduates the opportunity to undertake intensive intellectual training and research with accomplished scholars and peers at the University of Chicago. Summer Institute Scholars will collaborate closely with a small cohort of faculty across humanistic disciplines in an environment that encourages creative academic inquiry, rigorous discourse, and helps them to develop the research tools necessary for further engagement with their own disciplines. The Summer Institute will allow students to develop original research projects centered on the interdisciplinary theme of the Institute and collaborate with one another and their faculty mentors.

The Summer Institute is aimed at rising 4th-year College students. While the primary audience are majors and minors in the arts, humanities and the humanistic social sciences (e.g., History, Anthropology, Political Science, etc.), it is open to all students interested in pursuing original humanistic inquiry with a demonstrated ability to fulfill the objectives of the program. Building on the critical reading and writing skills that students have acquired in their coursework, the Summer Institute will introduce participants to conducting archival research, acquiring the essential philological tools, engaging with material artefacts, learning to assess and apply different theoretical and methodological approaches, and using bibliographical and textual databases and other digital tools, to name only a few practices and techniques of humanistic inquiry. The Summer Institute will help prepare students conduct original research toward their BA theses, generating new projects and honing existing ones. 

Three faculty and fifteen students will come together at the Neubauer Collegium in plenary and seminar-style sessions to discuss issues around the theme of the Institute, and work in smaller break-out sessions under the guidance of one faculty director. The Summer Institute will conclude at the end of the summer with a celebratory symposium, providing students with the opportunity to present their research to the University community. 


Read more about the inaugural 2018 College Summer Institute and faculty teaching team here

2018 Program Dates: June 11 - June 15; and, September 10 - 28, 2018

Summer Institute scholars must committ full-time and be in Chicago for the entirety of the program (all dates above).

Summer Institute Scholars Grant: $2500.00 

Application will open on November 20, 2017. Information on eligibility available here

Application Deadline: Monday, January 22, 2018

For general questions about the 2018 College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, contact Nichole Fazio, CCSA Director, nfazio@uchicago.edu.

The College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is a collaborative initiative supported by the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions, The College, The Neubauer Collegium, and the College Center for Scholarly Advancement.