2018 Application

The 2018 College Summer Institute Application is now open. Deadline: February 5, 2018


  • Must be a full-time, rising 4th-year College student in good standing; 
  • Must demonstrate the ability to engage fully with the learning objectives of the College Summer Institute; 
  • Ability to articulate the value of undertaking research and scholarly work with a small community of faculty and peers; 
  • Can provide evidence of previous preparation for a rigorous research experience (strong writing skills, previous experience with methodological tools a plus); 
  • No minimum GPA but evidence of academic success is imperative; 
  • Ideally suited to students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences (eg History, Anthropology, Political Science), but is open to all students interested in pursuing original humanistic inquiry. 

Application Process (2-step process): A complete College Summer Institute Application includes basic candidate data, two faculty reference forms, a 500-word statement of purpose, an updated curriculum vitae, and a current, unofficial transcript (please do not submit screen shots). A complete application, including your faculty reference forms, must be submitted by February 5, 2018.

Step One: 

  • Complete and submit Step One of the online application available here
  • Required for Step One: 
    • Basic information about you (major, contact information, year of study, etc.); and, 
    • Names and contact information for your two faculty references. Once you enter their information and hit 'submit step one', an automated email will be sent to them providing details on how to complete an online reference form on your behalf. Do not submit Step One of the application until you have confirmed with your faculty that they are willing to provide a reference for you.
    • Further guidance regarding faculty references:
      • Faculty references can be from UChicago faculty (including lecturers, faculty fellows, assistant, associate, or tenured) or from faculty at other universities but should not be academic or career advisors, post-docs, or graduate students. Faculty will not be required to submit formal letters but will instead receive an email invitation to complete on online reference form. You should provide your reference writers with your updated curriculum vitae (CV) and a draft of statement of purpose so they are aware of the program to which you are applying. Your reference forms are due on the same deadline as your own application. Late reference forms will not be accepted.
  • Once you have submitted Step One, you will receive a confirmation with a link to complete Step Two. You cannot proceed to Step Two without first submitting Step One. 

Step Two: 

  • Only after you have completed Step One, will you be able to proceed to Step Two.
  • Required for Step Two:
    • You will upload your statement of purpose in response to the following prompt: Based on your close reading of the College Summer Institute description, please provide a statement of purpose that addresses the following questions (500 words maximum):
      • 1) Why are you interested in participating in the Summer Institute? What do you hope to gain? What will you contribute to the scholarly community?
      • 2) Based on the theme of the Summer Institute, what types of questions and lines of inquiry might you consider pursuing?
      • 3) How will your summer research experience with the College Summer Institute contribute to your broader undergraduate education and potential post-UChicago experiences (e.g., BA thesis efforts, developing research methodologies, learning new approaches to research questions, and as preparation for professional experiences and further academic and creative pursuits such as long-form journalism, narrative non-fiction, museum curation, graduate school, television and screenwriting, grant writing, book editing and publishing)?
  • Upload your current curriculum vitae (2-pages); please include everything of relevance since beginning your undergraduate career; and, 
  • Upload an unofficial copy of your current transcript (please submit a digital file/pdf, not a screen shot). 

Deadline: all materials, including your faculty reference forms, must be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on Monday, February 5, 2018.