UChicago & USussex International Jr. Research Associates Program (IJRA)

Opportunity Description:

The UChicago-Sussex IJRA program provides selected College students the opportunity to participate in a summer of intensive, faculty-mentored research in the Humanities at one of the UK’s leading institutions of higher education, the University of Sussex. As members of the IJRA program, College students in the arts and humanities will have the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded research experience as part of a dynamic community of scholars researching and living together at the University of Sussex in Brighton. This program is distinct from other opportunities for UChicago Humanities undergraduates to pursue international research because it invites students into a collaborative research experience, apprenticing with and contributing to the work of a leading scholar in an international context. 

Program Description: Each year a small cohort of talented and ambitious undergraduate students from the University of Sussex's institutional partners are given the opportunity to work alongside Sussex academics for eight weeks on a real-life summer research project. The scheme supports peer-to-peer relationships between leading Sussex faculty and high-achieving undergraduates considering a research career. The Sussex IJRA programme is a non-credit bearing programme intended to provide beneficial research experience in preparation for future PhD study for up to a total of eighteen students from our institutional partners around the world; build connections between talented international researchers and Sussex faculty. Sussex IJRA Website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/undergraduate/international-jra

2019 Program Dates: June 22–August 16, 2019

UChicago-Sussex IJRA Scholars will receive:

(1) Funding to cover the costs of the summer research experience (inclusive of program fee and accommodation, roundtrip airfare and a meal-stipend), up to approximately $5,600. Costs vary slightly year-to-year. 

(2) Seven training workshops, including:

  • Introduction to academic research skills
  • Effective Literature searching for researchers
  • Introduction to managing research data
  • Introduction to archives and a tour of The Keep 

  • How to produce an academic poster
o Introduction to postgraduate study
  • Presenting your research: oral presentations

(3) Supervision from University of Sussex Faculty for their research project 
(see the 2019 Project Descriptions)

(4) Accommodation is in an individual en-suite bedroom (including bedding), which is located in a flat with five other students, the flat also includes a social space and a fully equipped kitchen. The accommodation is located in Northfield Residences for 8 weeks. Most placements will run from 22 June to 16 August 2019.

(5) Social

  • Orientation session, where you will meet other international students on the programme and also hear from a number of people who will make your time at Sussex, enjoyable, interesting, memorable and safe (i.e Residential Advisors, Sussex Sport, Student Life Centre)
  • A tour of campus
  • A selection of day-trips and tours (up to a value of £60) from the International Summer School social programme)
  • A celebratory BBQ + Quiz
  • A walk around the boundary of campus, which is located wholly within the South Downs National Park
  • Closing Symposium
  • Other team building events among research clusters

(6) Following completion of their summer research, UChicago IJRAs will benefit from the ongoing support of CCRF, including guaranteed funding through the Dean’s Fund for Undergraduate Research to present their research the following academic year at BCUR or an equivalent symposium.

Read the 2019 IJRA Project Descriptions here: http://ccrf.uchicago.edu/undergraduate-research/2019-ijra-project-descriptions.

A program designed, funded, and managed through a collaboration between the Humanities Collegiate Division, the College Center for Research & Fellowships (CCRF), the University of Chicago and the University of Sussex.


Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be a current, full-time  3rd-year student at time of application and in good-standing with the University of Chicago;
  • Provide evidence of excellent research and communication skills; 
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA; 
  • Eligible majors include: humanitites, arts. Double-majors in non-humanities and arts fields will be considered, if sound argument can be made for prioritizing a humanities research experience;
  • If an international student, you will need to be able to secure the appropriate visa required for the duration of the summer program;
  • Willing to devote your energies full-time to this experience and able to be at the Unviersity of Sussex for the duration of the program;
  • Time-management skills and ability to work independently, but collaboratively with a Sussex faculty member.

Application Process: 

You may learn more about the application process and apply here: http://ccrf.uchicago.edu/undergraduate-research/2019-ijra-application.

If you have any questions or difficulties uploading your application materials, please contact Nichole Fazio, Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF), at nfazio@uchicago.edu.

Application Deadline: 

Monday, April 1, 2019