College Summer Institute (CSI)

The 2022 College Summer Institute research projects and program application will open in February 2022.

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 across humanistic disciplines at the University of Chicago. Students will benefit from an immersive, full-time summer research experience that will help them to develop the skills necessary for further engagement with their own disciplines.

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, at the Summer Institute, students will learn how to conduct archival research, to engage with texts and material artifacts, to assess and apply different theoretical and methodological approaches, and to use bibliographical and textual databases and other digital tools, to name only a few practices and techniques of humanistic inquiry. This training will help prepare students for future research opportunities (including the BA thesis), for fellowships and graduate programs, and for diverse careers.

A defining feature of the Summer Institute is that students will contribute to original research as part of larger projects led by faculty, scholars, and supported by institutional partners such as the Franke Institute, the Neubauer Collegium, the Smart Museum, the Court Theatre, and the Newberry Library. The Summer Institute will conclude with a celebratory symposium, providing students with the opportunity to present their research to the University community. 

2022 Program Dates: June 21 – August 19, 2022

This is a full-time, 8 week summer research experience. Summer Institute scholars are expected to participate fully their research appointment, as well as the formal CSI schedule during the 8 weeks. All CSI scholars are expected to participate in a pre-orientation event in Spring Quarter and in the closing symposium on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Summer Institute Scholars Grant: $5500.00* 

  • This is a selective program; up to 20 undergraduates will be invited to participate.
  • This is a full-time research program. You will not be permitted to hold secondary internships or other appointments during this period. 

Eligibility Informationavailable here

Application DeadlineMonday, February TBD, 2022

APPLY NOW! (application will open in February 2022)

For general questions about the 2022 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 Collegiate Divisions, The Franke Center for the Humanities, and the College Center for Research and Fellowships.