College Summer Institute (CSI)

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 3rd- and 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. 

Four faculty and up to twenty students will come together at the Logan Center 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 2020 College Summer Institute theme and faculty research mentors here

2020 Program Dates: June 17 - June 26; and, September 8 - 24, 2020

Summer Institute Scholars can anticipate participating in the Institute full-time - Monday through Friday, 9-5 - while the Institute is in session for the above dates. Students must be in residence in Chicago for the entirety of the program (all of the above dates). Scholars will also work independently throughout the summer on their Institute projects but can hold other research fellowships and participate in other activities. Faculty mentors will be available to students throughout the summer, not just during the formal dates of the program. All CSI scholars are expected to participate in a limited number of pre-orientation events in Spring Quarter and in the closing symposium on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Summer Institute Scholars Grant: $3000.00 

This is a selective program; only 15-20 undergraduates will be invited to participate.

Eligibility Informationavailable here

Application Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020


For general questions about the 2020 College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, contact Dr. Nichole Fazio, CSI and CCRF Director,

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 Logan Center, and the College Center for Research and Fellowships.